Feathers Ruffled Over Chick-fil-A Controversy

Fast food chain the focus of outrage and displays of support since controversial remarks of company's president.

It seems that you can't even talk about a chicken sandwich without sparking a debate these days.

Ever since Chick-fil-A president and chief executive officer Dan T. Cathy made remarks condemning same-sex marriage a couple of weeks ago, the fast-food chain has become a flash point.

As Stephen Colbert said last week, "a line has been drawn in the lard."

Two events are scheduled this week at Chick-fil-A. On Friday, supporters of same-sex marriage are calling for a National Same Sex Kiss Day, scheduled for 8 p.m., presumably at Chick-fil-As throughout the country.

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Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas and former Republican presidential candidate, has designated Aug. 1 "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" to show support for the company and the traditional religious view of marriage.

By early Wednesday morning, more than 570,000 people have joined the Facebook page to take part in Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.

At the Arbutus Patch page on Facebook, I made an innocuous query about whether any events were expected at the local at Lansdowne Station Shopping Center.

Within hours, there were dozens of comments--a lively and spontaneous debate about a restaurant that has become a local institution.

Among the comments:

"I know the owners of that Chick-fil-A and they are the kindest people and have done nothing to anyone. If we're going to protest everything thing and everyone who doesn't agree with us then that's pretty darn sad!"--Amy Hall

"The LGBT community is not trying to 'shove' anything down anyone's throats. They are simply trying to gain equal rights under the law."--Dana Smith

"Chick-fil-A is free to donate money to whomever they like."--Amanda Belt-Arnold

"People are idiots. If everyone protested against companies that don't have exactly the same beliefs than nobody would be in business! There are far more pressing issues. Their food is better than it's competitors, and quite honestly all of the bs makes me want to eat there more just to support personal freedom!"--Cheryl Allen

"I really hope no one from our community protests at our local Chick-fil-A. That store has given SO MUCH back to this community and they don't deserve to have this headache. Its not the Lansdowne Stores fault so why disrupt a business that gives jobs and gives back to the very area we live!!!"--Nikki Marlatt-Young

"As far as I am concerned, the only time a food provider's religious beliefs mean a damn thing is to a person who keeps to a kosher or halal diet."--Stan Modjesky

"The CEO of Chick-fil-A has the right to speak his mind and consumers have the right to 'vote' with their feet by spending or not at his stores."--Jack Ross

What are your thoughts? Will you be dining at Chick-fil-A on Wednesday, same-sex kissing on Friday, or none of the above?

Heather Rankin August 01, 2012 at 05:47 PM
I am for same sex marriage/rights but I'm also for freedom of speech. Dan Cathy can believe whatever he wants to believe and express it however he wants. I don't agree with him, but I won't stop frequenting my favorite fast food joint because of it. And I'm sure the owners/employees may feel differently about the President's stance on this matter. Why hurt the local business owners for something they didn't have a part of? Boycotting chick-fil-a is not going to make a different in the gay rights/gay marriage movement.
CAW21227 August 01, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Purposely went to Chick-Fil-A today. I hate to see anyone being bullied because of their point of view. I don't care about the issue of same sex marriage, one way or the other, but I do care that a company is being persecuted because of it's views. I must say, the place was packed and the drive thru was winding up back to Washington Blvd. so there must be a lot of other people who decided to do a little "push back". Take that!! You left wing liberals you!!
RARE MARYLAND INDEPENDENT August 01, 2012 at 11:05 PM
This is a great company! The people who wait on you are always friendly and happy to please you. Mr. Cathy has built a great organization. They do great things in the community. Huge lines in Columbia! The libs now have something to be upset and sad about in additional to being a liberal.
al walker August 01, 2012 at 11:38 PM
so happy today was busy for this company. god has blessed this owner and i thank god he was blessed . his money supports a good cause.
Mike McAuliffe August 02, 2012 at 02:34 AM
The Libs (oops! I mean Progressives) are always quick to drag down people that have become successful by employing conservative values and opinions.


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