Today is the day of the Chik-Fil-A ‘kiss-in’ protest

d5a60eb05181d9e18b19e23d4c61a946
Flickr photo credit Maureen Lunn

Gay rights activists and backers of same-sex marriage plan to hold a
nationwide “kiss-in” at Chick-fil-A restaurants on Friday to protest the
fast-food chain president’s opposition to homosexual unions.

Same
Sex Kiss Day is a reaction to comments last month from Dan Cathy, who
said he supported “the biblical definition of the family unit” and that
backers of gay marriage were “arrogant.”

Carly McGehee, a Dallas
political activist who came up with the idea of the kiss-in, said more
than 15,000 people have said they will join the protest since she posted
an announcement on her Facebook page on July 19.

Cathy’s company
“is continuously supporting hate and bigotry and intolerance,” said
McGehee, 24. “He has the right to do that, but he has to be prepared for
the backlash, for the repercussions. This is America.”

Customers
who backed Cathy’s stance swamped Chick-fil-A outlets on Wednesday,
giving the 1,600-store chain – known for chicken sandwiches, waffle
fries and being closed on Sundays – a “record-setting day,” a spokesman
said on Thursday.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against
Defamation (GLAAD) says Cathy’s stance goes beyond opposition to
same-sex marriage, with Chick-fil-A financially backing groups that are
anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

“Consumers and
communities have every right to speak up when a company’s president
accuses them of ‘inviting God’s wrath’ by treating their LGBT friends,
neighbors and family members with respect,” GLAAD President Herndon
Graddick said in a statement.

Steve Robinson, a Chick-fil-A
spokesman, said in a statement about the “kiss-in” that the chain’s goal
was “to provide great food, genuine hospitality and to have a positive
influence on all who come into contact with Chick-fil-A.”

Marci
Alt, 48, of Atlanta, has started an online petition calling for Cathy to
come to her home for dinner with her family, including her partner of
12 years and their two children.

“I thought I would take a
different approach, and try the good old-fashioned way and sit down and
talk,” she said. Alt will also be among those protesting at the chain’s
Decatur, Georgia, site.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Drive charged in fatal hit and run, police…

The NYPD has arrested a man they say is responsible for a fatal hit and run in Manhattan last weekend. Doohee Cho, 33, was hit…

Local

Mayor de Blasio raises minimum wage for some…

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order Tuesday morning that will raise the minimum wage for workers employed by private companies that receive more…

National

3 myths about the working poor

Linda Tirado works to debunk some common stereotypes about the working poor in her new book, "Hand to Mouth."

Money

Lawsuit funding advances: friend or foe?

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article Many plaintiffs awaiting resolution of their lawsuit or legal claim often find themselves in a tricky financial…

Going Out

Which NYC restaurant lost its three-star Michelin rating?

A record 73 restaurants in New York City collected coveted Michelin stars on Tuesday as a mix of trendy spots and fine-dining stalwarts underscored the…

Entertainment

Interview: Metro chats with filmmaker Meir Kalmanson, man…

A New York filmmaker hands out smiles to its residents.

Television

TV watch list, Tuesday, Sept. 30: 'Selfie,' 'Utopia'…

'Selfie' This modern day take on the "My Fair Lady" story stars John Cho in the Henry Higgins role. Perhaps instead of "the rain in…

Music

Can't-miss weekend events continue to attract the masses

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article Earlier this summer, the Firefly Music Festival drew crowds of tens of thousands of people to Dover, Delaware.…

MLB

Mets 2014 report card

The Mets wrapped up their eight straight season without a playoff appearance last weekend. Needless to say, they fell a bit short of general manager…

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Cowboys, Packers, Ravens, Chargers climb

NFL Power Rankings: Cowboys, Packers, Ravens, Chargers climb

NFL

Ryan Quigley making a big impact for Jets…

Ryan Quigley, now in his second year as the Jets punter, had an exceptional afternoon with six punts for an average of 51.7 yards per punt.

NFL

3 positives to take from Jets loss to…

The Jets suffered another loss Sunday — 24-17 to the Lions — but the reason why it hurts so much for Jets fans is that…

Style

Products that support breast cancer awareness and research

Asics GT-1000, $100 Asics’ third pink collection in collaboration with Christina Applegate’s Right Action for Women includes this pink-accented version of its best-selling GT-1000 3…

Wellbeing

Bees' stingers hold new hope for cancer cure

A promising new lead in the search for a cancer cure has turned up in a place that most people naturally avoid. A team from…

Home

Emily Henderson on small space design

Design expert Emily Henderson shows us how to upgrade our cramped quarters.

Home

Emily Henderson's pet-friendly style tips

Design expert Emily Henderson shows us to live with pets in style.