An Atlanta couple has launched a petition drive to try and convince Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy to meet with their family for dinner.
The Atlanta-based fast food chain’s stance against gay marriage has grown into a national debate in recent weeks that shows no sign of abating. The company has donated approximately $5 million in recent years to anti-gay groups.
‘I’ll even make chicken,’ Marci Alt writes on her Change.org petition.
She and her wife, Marlysa, have been together for eight years and have two children.
‘I hope Mr. Cathy will join my family for dinner, where we can share a respectful dialogue about our faith, work and families here in Georgia,’ writes Alt. ‘It’s important that Mr. Cathy meet the people his company is donating millions to stand against.’
On Friday (3 August), Alt’s family will be organizing a protest at their local Chick-fil-A in Decatur, Georgia. This is one of many events that grassroots advocates have created in protest of the company’s anti-LGBT donations.
One of the larger events is ‘National Same-Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A,’ which to date has over 11,000 participants on Facebook planning to kiss at Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country on Friday.
The anti-Chick-fil-A demonstrations will take place two days after a nationwide Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day declared by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
According to ABC News, Chick-fil-A posted ‘record-setting’ sales as a result of the show of support.
‘While we don’t release exact sales numbers, we can confirm reports that it was a record-setting day,’ Steve Robinson, Chick-fil-A’s executive vice president of marketing, said in a statement.