On Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day two days ago, supporters bought a meal from the fast food chain that has been in the national spotlight in recent weeks because its top executive went public with his opposition to gay marriage.
On Friday (3 Aug), there were public statements of a different sort taking place at the restaurants: marriage equality supporters locked lips as part of National Same Sex Kiss Day.
The event was the brainchild of Dallas-based activist Carl McGehee who says he hopes the visibility of the kiss-in will help especially help bullied LGBT youth.
‘I want LGBT youth who are growing up in places like Texas, where I was raised, to know that it’s okay to be who you are, because it seems that [Chick-fil-A president Dan] Cathy disagrees with that,’ McGeehee says.
Last month, Cathy said the Atlanta-based company was ‘guilty as charged’ for backing ‘the biblical definition of a family.’
His comments unleashed a flood of criticism from politicians and gay rights groups and put renewed focus on the approximately $5 million the company’s charitable arm has donated to anti-gay organizations in recent years.
In Los Angeles on Friday, police were called to the Chick-fil-A restaurant in Hollywood not because of any problems with protesters but because media presence at the restaurant was so heavy that it apparently made it difficult for the restaurant to operate.