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Big Local Turnout for ‘Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day’

by Aaron Kraut | August 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm | 6,191 views | 419 Comments

 

Wednesday’s “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” brought record nationwide sales to the fast food chicken chain, CNN reported today (Thursday).

The event, organized on Facebook to demonstrate support for the restaurant after its CEO came under fire for remarks critical of same-sex marriage, drew large crowds across the country, including in Arlington.

Natalie Yang, owner of the Crystal City franchise at 2200 Crystal Drive, said her store had one of its busiest days in memory. She added her staff “treated it just like any other busy day.”

A reader sent in the photos above, which show a long lunchtime line stretching down the sidewalk on Crystal Drive.

The Ballston Common Mall Chick-fil-A also reportedly had a larger than normal lunchtime turnout. Franchise owner Andrea Hevia said Wednesday morning that her store hadn’t made any special plans to accommodate the rush, but one tipster said an ‘Appreciation’ crowd showed up anyway.

“This was one of the biggest expressions of support for free speech and free enterprise in recent Arlington memory,” the tipster wrote.

Yang said the line at her store reached Ted’s Montana Grill, about a half-block distance.

“We were too busy to even take pictures,” Yang said.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee promoted “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” on Facebook to counter a boycott of the Atlanta-based chain by same-sex marriage activists.  The boycott came after Chick-fil-A President and CEO Dan Cathy spoke publicly about his company’s opposition to gay marriage.

In July, the mayors of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco made clear their distaste with Cathy’s remarks, and discouraged the company from placing franchises in their cities. Huckabee praised the company, which doesn’t operate on Sundays, as a “true American success story.”

“Too often, those on the left make corporate statements to show support for same sex marriage, abortion, or profanity, but if Christians affirm traditional values, we’re considered homophobic, fundamentalists, hate-mongers, and intolerant,” Huckabee wrote on Facebook.

There were reportedly no counter-protests or demonstrations on Wednesday at the Crystal City Chick-fil-A location. Yang said her staff was too wrapped up with serving customers to notice anything past the long line.

“We treat every one here with honor, integrity and respect,” Yang said. “We appreciate their support. And we didn’t run out of food.”

Courtesy photos

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  • Dem Waffle Fries Is Bangin’

    I was at the Crystal City location after 8pm, and the line still stretched outside the door and down the sidewalk 30 or so feet.

    Delicious.

    • charles

      people who eat fast food from a national chain deserve what they get

  • DarkHeart

    If the GOPers keep eating 1300 grams of sodium there won’t be many of them around to annoy the rest of us.

    • Stoneridge Knoll

      The plan is working. Mwahahaha!

    • novasteve

      Wow, more liberal tolerance. Hoping people die because they don’t share your views.

      • drax

        Where did anyone hope anything, steve?

        You read your own wild imagination into everything.

        • novasteve

          “If the GOPers keep eating 1300 grams of sodium there won’t be many of them around to annoy the rest of us”

          If I said that about pro gay marriage supporters you would have accused me of hate speech.

          • Henry

            I know jokes don’t translate so well on the internet, but something tells me he wasn’t being serious.

          • novasteve

            I’m fairly certain he was being serious. You wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss it had been a joke if someone said that about gay rights supporters.

          • New Poster

            You’re fairly certain about a lot of preposterous things.

          • 1RLI

            Yeah, Joke or no joke, I think Steve has a point on this.

          • Jane-Dallas

            Nah, he doesn’t.

      • Max

        I seem to remember someone threatening to shoot and kill any man that came onto him.

        Who could that have been?

      • Jimbo

        I’m so glad you post on this forum. You take trolling to another level. So dedicated to the craft.

    • David

      Plus, what are they going to do when they get diabetes but can’t get health care.

      • fartster

        Or are unable to see a doctor for three months thanks to our upcoming European-style healthcare

        • Faye Jissette

          we should be so lucky

  • tom

    celebrating bigotry with unhealthy fast food–great idea!!

    • novasteve

      Bigotry is not defined as having a different opinion, and for fast food, Chick Fil A is as healthy as it gets.

      • Observer

        well they all looked kinda fat

        • novasteve

          Practically everyone looks fat in this country.

          • happycyclist

            some exceptions

        • steve

          gay people are typically thinner than the average american

          • Jay

            On average they have more incidents of AIDS.

          • Crystal Dykey

            Actually, Lesbians have the lowest incidence of AIDS of any demographic.

          • South Awwlington

            No, they don’t.

      • drax

        It’s not the having of the opinion, it’s the opinion itself.

      • Terry

        “Bigotry is not defined as having a different opinion.”

        Wow. What a statement! You must be so smart. You’re correct, bigotry is defined has being intolerant of others. So, Chick-Fila and the people who eat there are, at the very least, SUPPORTING bigots.

        • novasteve

          Aren’t you being intolerant of CHick Fil A, Cathy, and the people who eat there? It’s okay for you to be a bigot?

          • speonjosh

            Yes, when the views of those being boycotted are themselves intolerant, repressive, and hateful. We no longer make room for racists. We no longer make room for witch hunters. We no longer make room for those who would burn heretics at the stake. We no longer make room for those who promote slavery. There is no societal / moral obligation to tolerate anti-social points of view.

          • novasteve

            You “tolerant” liberals still have no problem banning everything you don’t approve of. Gay marriage has never been legal.

          • speonjosh

            Huh?

          • SHLady

            Are you in high school?

          • Yo

            ‘You “tolerant” liberals still have no problem banning everything you don’t approve of. Gay marriage has never been legal.’

            LMAO. Did you read what you just wrote? So “liberals” are “intolerant” if we ban Chick-fil-A, but conservatives are “tolerant” if you ban gay marriage (“everything you don’t approve of”)? Brilliant. Conservatives pretending to be tolerant. I’m shocked. Conservatives are cowards who will say anything to avoid having to think.

            “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win” – Mahatma Ghandi

            First society ignored us. Then they laughed at us for being gay. Now they’re fighting us by eating fried junk food and crying persecution. We’ve almost won.

          • HighViewPunk

            Desegregation has never been legal, untill the ’60s, that is.

          • Duder3

            +1000.

          • drax

            Why are you intolerant of intolerance, steve?

      • faintly progressive

        what do you think of fundie boycotts of Home Depot, of Starbucks, etc?

        • novasteve

          What do you think about leftie groups boycotting Starbucks over support of Israel? Look on the internet, you have tons of leftist antisemites calling for boycots of coca cola, mcdonalds and starbucks for “supporting ” israel, even with not a shred of evidence.

        • Tabby_TwoTone

          Boycott the Muppets! They quit CFA.

          • Westover

            Nope, The Muppets are owned by Disney now. Disney has said nothing and done nothing on the matter, although I know atleast one Disney employee who ate Chick-Fil-A yesterday. Jim Henson’s daughter just stopped supporting them with really cheap paper puppets.

      • C’mon Buddy

        Completely incorrect Stevey. According to Websters:

        Bigot (n): a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.

        • Westover

          Is utterly really part of the Webster’s definition?

          Chick-Fil-a is tasty and is really not that unhealthy. Probably better for you than a salad loaded with bacon bits and blue chesse dressing.

          • C’mon Buddy

            Yep, it is. Made me laugh as well. Seems like they could’ve used a much better word, but I guess utterly gets the point across. Personally I would’ve used extremely or thoroughly (thanks thesaurus.com).

          • Westover

            Well, no it isn’t:
            Definition of BIGOT

            : a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially: one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance

            — big·ot·ed adjective

            — big·ot·ed·lyadverb
            http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bigoted

          • C’mon Buddy

            Ah good call, my mistake. I was looking at dictionary.com.

          • John Fontain

            To clear up any confusion, most people don’t realize that there are about a dozen different makers of dictionaries named “Webster’s”. Their definitions all vary slightly. You and I could start a new dictionary today and call it Webster’s. Merriam Webster is currently viewed as the most authoritative and reliable brand of dictionaries (they bought out the original text created by Noah Webster).

            So when people say “Webster’s dictionary says XYZ” they aren’t actually refering to a specific dictionary even though they think they are.

          • Westover

            Websters does force the looking up of “obstinately” for 98% opf the population, which would make it a not so great definition it self.

      • Joe

        You’re right, but it’s not having a different opinion that’s being bigoted. It’s disregarding the Constitution and human equality.

      • LuvDusty

        When your opinion means less Civil and Legal Rights for me, then actually, YES, that is Bigotry.

    • Your Mom

      People are saying F political correctness more than anything. I think it’s more deep seeded than homosexuality.

      • speonjosh

        Seated. Not seeded.

        The “political correctness” argument is cowardly. It’s a diversionary tactic.

        Perhaps people are reacting against calls to “ban” Chick-Fil-A or kick them out of particular jurisdictions. These calls are fairly silly since there is zero chance that they would actually amount to anything. But people are certainly tired of politicians posturing and blabbing about anything and everything instead of actually doing the people’s work, which is what they’re supposed to be doing. I am little surprised that this kind of reaction would be strong enough to result in long lines outside a Chick-Fil-A in Arlington. Arkansas, yes. Here? I’m surprised.

        • Westover

          There are a lot of non-politicos in Arlington who are getting really pissed off at the extremes. If the Arlington GOP had put up a true moderate against Moran, there is a good chance they would have won.

          • speonjosh

            What extremes?

          • Sara

            Moran is the extreme left/Progressive. Just look at Retire Jim Moran dot com under “Greatist Hits”. He espouses Marxism regularly. My favorite is him saying you don’t have a right to keep your own money. HAHAHAAH! The man is personnaly corrupt, immoral, and violent. From his benefiting from the Mark Center, brawling, kcik-backs from builders, and multiple wives, does he really represent your values??

            Patrick Murray is a moderate Republican. I wish he were for much smaller government, but at least he is not a Marxist like Moran.

        • novasteve

          If people were calling for mosques to be banned, you wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss it.

          • dk (not DK)

            Probably, but that’s because I would have a sick, sinking feeling that the banning might actually happen.

        • SHLady

          You might want to look up what a “boycott” is, because it has nothing to do with banning anything.

    • Jim

      was Obama bigoted six months ago? cause they had a same position. give me a break.

      • Historian

        Liar.

        • Guy LeDouche

          Really??

          Per WSJ article:

          2004: As a U.S. Senate candidate, Mr. Obama tells Chicago public television “marriage is between a man and a woman.” In the same interview, Mr. Obama said he wanted to ensure gays and lesbians have “the rights of citizenship” but noted, “I don’t think marriage is a civil right.”

          2008: Mr. Obama, running for president, again says marriage should be limited to unions between a man and a woman. “For me as a Christian, it’s also a sacred union… God’s in the mix,” he says in an interview with the Rev. Rick Warren, a leading evangelical minister.

          So, not that I agree with Obama’s past statements, (if gays want to be married, let them be as miserable as the rest of us straight folk) but how is Jim a “Liar”, as you say, in his above statement. Obama has clearly changed his position on this issue. It’s pretty well known that until May of this year when he changed his position again to it’s current incarnation, he was clearly saying he was against gay marriage.

          • Historian

            So the old coot at the chicken joint is in favor of civil unions? Is that what you are saying? Otherwise Jim is a liar.

          • Westover

            The President was not for Civil Unions until recently as well.

      • Yo

        Is Obama Chick-Fil-A? No. Did Obama have the same position as Dan Cathy? NO. Obama said he was personally not in support of same-sex marriage, but he also always said he supported gays to fight their own fight. And now he said he supports same-sex marriage, which is what many suspected he did all along. That’s a far cry from actively supporting hatred and discrimination by donating money to hate organizations, as well as taking an official stance opposing same-sex relationships.

  • novasteve

    Eat it, haters of the first amendment.

    • faintly progressive
      • novasteve

        Did any conservative mayor call for Home Depot to be banned like liberal mayors of multiple cities called for Chick Fil A to be banned?

        • Hair

          stop splitting us!

        • SHLady

          You have deep seated rage that you might want to work through.

          • Observer

            And you have an internet identity crisis that you might want to work through.

        • Charlie

          Does “Dixie Chicks” bring back any memories?

    • dk (not DK)

      I think it is completely disingenuous to claim this is about first amendment rights.

      No one can possibly say with a straight face that anyone’s first amendment rights are in jeopardy here. No sane person believes that the mayor of Boston can hold up someone’s permit because he doesn’t like what the CEO of CFA has to say. No court in the land would permit it; the mayor himself has since admitted as much. Indeed, these so-called attempts to quell first amendment rights have had the effect of *amplifying* those words. We should all be so lucky as to have our cause publicly trashed by the mayor of Boston.

      No, there were two kinds of people eating at CFA. The first could not care less what the CEO of CFA has to say about anything and are jumping to support him because….well, who knows what makes someone (metaphorically) hold up a sign that says “I couldn’t care less!” (There’s a slogan we can all get behind?)

      The second kind agree with the CEO of CFA and are eating there because they support him.

      • Sara

        What happy thoughts, dk! I think you are high on Hope and Change. So high on Hopium you won’t see them coming when they continue to take your rights away and your money. Of course those Mayors will use their offcie to deny permits. Remember that they are the elites and we are the surfs. — wait, you aren’t fooled into thinking you are one of the elites, are you? Hahahahahah!! Hahahahahaha!

    • Joe

      Actually, individuals against gay marriage hate the Constitution. I think I remember a little line that goes something like “All men are created equal”

      • drax

        So, polygamy?

  • Josh S

    “traditional values”

    Uh-huh.

    I wonder what the 5 billion or so non-Christians think about Mike Huckabee asserting what “traditional” values are?

    Heck, my guess is that you couldn’t even get all the Christians to agree what “traditional values” are.

    • V. Putin

      Many marriages in the Bible are polygamous, so I’m sure those are the Traditional Values of which he speaks.

      • Yo

        lmao… yeah, I’m sure he supports male ownership of multiple wives as well as various other slaves, just how it is in the Bible.

    • Scott

      Christianity does not have a monopoly on being anti-gay. What are the religions of the other 5 billion that you think endorse and are supportive of gay rights?

  • Duder3

    This is going to bite CFA in the a**. Heretofore, it had been viewed by the general public as a political nonentity–run by religious people, sure, but frequented by customers of all stripes. But thanks to Dan Cathy opening his yap, now everyone is aware of the company’s funding of groups that seek to deny other Americans their rights.

    • novasteve

      How many of the Halal places do you think suppor tgay marriage here in Arlington? Because they don’t open their traps, it’s okay?

      So if they speak, it’s okay to hurt them financially? So in short, you think speech should get punished?

      When you mention rights, you mean only certain rights.

      • John Fontain

        It’s one thing to not support something. It’s another to oppose and actively work to against something. Your comparison to Halal places is therefore null and void.

        • Duder3

          Thank you, John Fontain.

          Certainly the supporters have a right to eat there, and Cathy has a right to express his views. He even has a right to fund those groups that try to “cure” gayness. (And all I will say about that is, if Marcus Bachman is the walking proof, well, that’s just “swishful” thinking.)

          My point is that before this, there were a lot of moderate and even liberal folks who ate at CFA. Now? Most have decided it’s hypocritical on their part.

          • Charlie

            He has the right to say what he wants to say and like always there are consequences to him doing so. D. Cathy financially supports hate groups. It is one thing to believe that marriage is between one man and one woman it is another to consciously and willfully incourage hate and/or deny anyone the right to the same contractual rights (i.e. marriage) as everyone else. Marriage was not invented in the church. It was a contractual agreement so that who could own what was established. . . obviously the female was one of what was owned. Besides, if heterosexuals thought marriage so sacred how come they are running out on one another and divorcing one another? Get for real.

        • Unbeeweebable

          Thank you. Finally, some clarity.

      • Can’t have it both ways Steve

        He can say it, but in turn I don’t have to buy his chicken sandwiches, so yes, it’s perfectly acceptable to hurt them financially. It’s called capitalism.

        • novasteve

          But are you allowed to defame them by calling them “haters”?

          • LVGuy

            I would say donating money to groups that fight the very existence of a group of people is hate.

          • Westover

            Who is trying to fight the existence of a group? Did I miss that loud mouth fool, Rev. Dobson, calling for the death of gays? Please share this information!

          • Duder3

            CFA donates to groups that try to “cure” homosexuality. That is, in fact, fighting its existence. But that part is more ludicrous (and actually kind of amusing) than is its more effective efforts to prevent gays from having the same rights that we straight people have. Telling the two gays down the street that they can’t leave property to each other or visit each other in the hospital, or adopt a kid–to me, that’s just un-American.

          • Westover

            Write your Will and you can leave your stuff to anyone you want to and have any one you want visit you in the hospital. Overall that will be far cheaper and less of a headache than getting a marrage licence and following through with it.

          • drax

            No, you cannot control hospital visitation policies, in your will or otherwise.

            Nor can you control hundreds of other government policies that favor married people.

          • Can’t have it both ways Steve

            It’s not defamation if it’s true.

          • novasteve

            How are they a hater?

            Someone not sharing your opinion makes them a hater?

            Is someone a hater if they don’t support tax increases?

            What makes someone a hater besides you saying “becaues I say so!” ???

            It’s simply they have a different opinion, and you can’t stand, you can’t stand it that someone doesn’t agree with you, so you have to start defaming them, calling them names.

          • faintlyprogressive

            a lawsuit for defamation of a public figure (which the CEO of CFA certainly is) would require proof that the statement is false, plus proof that the speaker either knew it to be false or spoke with reckless disregard for the truth.

            its hard enough to prove defamation of a public figure for things like “hes a liar” or “he was born in kenya” or “hes a muslim” or “he hasnt paid taxes in ten years” etc. For “hes a hater” I think it would be close to impossible. For someone who advocates limitations on rights of a minority group, absolutely impossible.

          • speonjosh

            In what way is calling someone a “hater” defaming them? Please cite defamation court cases where the plaintiff has won because the defendant called him or her a “hater” and that was it.

          • novasteve

            You’re calling people homophobes and bigots for not supporting gay marriage.

            Would you think that if someone called someone a racist for not voting for Obama, how that would be defamation?

          • SHLady

            If someone was opposed to interracial marriage, I would call them a racist. Voting for Obama is irrelevant.

          • Josh S

            I’ll take that to mean you can’t explain how calling someone a “hater” is defaming them.

            I can’t think of any reason why the statement would true, either.

          • drax

            Um, wait a minute, First Amendment guy.

        • dk (not DK)

          yep. Free speech for everyone.

      • drax

        The First Amendment doesn’t force me to eat something.

        • novasteve

          However it does prevent a mayor from banning a business from a city due to their speech.

          • LVGuy

            That’s not what the first amendment says at all, buddy.

          • Westover

            You saying a Mayor CAN ban a business for its owners political views? And somehow that would not be a First Amendment infringement?

          • John Fontain

            Did any mayor ban them? I must have missed that. Cause I heard them say those views aren’t welcome in our city.

          • LVGuy

            Something happened, and I wasn’t responding to what Steve said, at least intentionally. The first amendment obviously states that a person’s right to free speech shall not be infringed upon by the government. I do not, however, see any successful attempt by any government to ban Chik-Fil-A. I see nothing wrong, however, with politicians speaking out against the company for holding views that they might find atrocious. People on both sides of the aisle do it.

          • Westover

            No John, they did not say the views were not welcome, they said Chick-Fil-A was not welcome. Thus, for the views of a corporate CEO of a private corporation, they are willing to block the opportunity of LOCAL francise owners.

          • Kate

            Westover, that’s because liberals do not support small businesses. They don’t support big business, or corporations. They don’t support the military, or religious institutions, colleges or labor unions.

            They only support people who share their own views. Liberals are actually the most intolerant people in America, and they are digging their hole deeper and deeper every day.

          • LVGuy

            If an employer is actively campaigning against a group of people, I would want my elected officials to speak out against that person. I wouldn’t want the KKK to open up a bar in Clarendon, and I’d want my government to do everything in its power to prevent them from opening up.

          • novasteve

            You people are neglecting to remember that early on, these mayors were saying they would BLOCK chick fil A. Only after their legal counsel told them how badly they would lose in a lawsuit, did they backpeddle. You are forgetting that they began this by talking about banning CFA, not just speaking out against it. And it still brings up the question, why are they singling out chick fil a? I bet you none of the halal places support gay marriage. The nation of Islam has a restaurant in Chicago called Salaam. Do you think they support gay marriage? So why is CFA being signled out?

          • John Fontain

            Westover, all chick-fil-A’s are corporate owned so let’s stop this nonsense about hurting local franchise owners. CFA has an operator model rather than a franchise model. They hire someone to operate (i.e., manage) the local store and they pay that person a portion of store operating income.

            This differs from a franchise (at McDonald’s for instance), in which a local person invests capital to build and open the store and retains all economic benefits after paying the franchisor a royalty based on a percentage of sales.

          • Westover

            It is not the Government’s role to do that. Arlington used to have the HQ of the American Nazi Party here. It is fine for citizens to voice their opinion against scum like that, but it is not the governments place to do so.

          • Westover
          • novasteve

            Fontain, you are completely wrong. The Chick Fil A corporation is privately held, but the franchises are still owned by local owners in most cases.

          • John Fontain

            westover and novasteve said: “Fontain, you are completely wrong. The Chick Fil A corporation is privately held, but the franchises are still owned by local owners in most cases.”

            I spelled it out in black and white for you and you guys still don’t understand. CFA’s operating model is well known in the restaurant industry and a quick google search would have prevented you both from continuing to misunderstand how they operate.

            Westover, don’t get hung up on their use of the word franchisee. They mean (and even say on their own website) that this person is simply an operator (not an owner). They have no material investment and don’t keep the profits. They merely are paid on performance of the store. Here, read this….

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chick-fil-A#Business_model

            “Chick-fil-A uses a model significantly different from other restaurant franchises, notably in retaining ownership of each restaurant. Chick-fil-A selects the restaurant location, builds it, and pays the rent, while retaining ownership. Whereas franchisees from competing chains need about $2 million to operate a franchise, Chick-fil-A franchisees need only a $5,000 initial investment to become an operator.”

          • derp

            “They have no material investment and don’t keep the profits.”

            “Chick-fil-A franchisees need only a $5,000 initial investment to become an operator.”

            Yeah, uh……

          • drax

            Yes, I’d say it does. A city government can’t ban a business/franchise simply because of what it’s owners say.

          • DarkHeart

            Time to move to Russia!

          • faintlyprogressive

            and CFA has not been banned anywhere.

            Is red herring on the menu?

          • Westover

            Officially, you are correct. But the highest elected official in a municipality telling a business not to setup shop could be considered a ban. These folks are not helping the gay marrage cause with those of us on the fence on the issue when they try to muffle the opposition with these sorts of proclamations.

          • drax

            When a Chik-Fil-A actually tries to open in a city and has interference from the government, then there will be a case.

          • faintlyprogressive

            A mayor jawboning against private business is in a grey zone. I wouldn’t do it, but its not banning it. If a mayor says a an adult business (one protected under the 1st amendment per SCOTUS) is “unwelcome” but takes no legal action against them, is he violating the 1st amendment?

            Seriously, are any of the folks in NoVa claiming to be up in arms about the”intimidating words” of the mayors of boston and NY about CFA, concerned about the intimidating words of Va’s only AG about scientific research and academic freedom?

            If you care so much about free speech , go join the ACLU (which is defending CFA) . I am willing to be most folks going to CFA today are more concerned about gay marriage.

          • novasteve

            Drax, you would not be so dismissive had this been conservatives proposing banning mosques. Do you see your double standard?

          • drax

            Am I dismissive, steve? Of what? You?

          • novasteve

            If NYC had tried to ban, rather than dissuade the ground zero mosque, even if they had just talked about it, you would be THROWING THE LOUDEST HISSYFIT in history. But you completely dismiss it if a liberal mayor does something like that about chick fil a?

          • novastephanie

            No mosque at ground zero. Why must conservatives resort to lies to try and make their point?

          • LVGuy
          • drax

            That’s true, steve.

            However, it doesn’t force me to eat something.

      • CrystalMikey

        Your Halal examples aren’t prominent national chains.

        • novasteve

          So it only matters if its a national chain, not that they are “hateful”?

          I saw in Colorado some bakery refused to bake a cake for a gay couple, and there are calls for boycotts. That’s not a national chain.

          http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/national/colorado-bakery-wont-make-wedding-cake-for-gay-couple-dave-mullin-and-charlie-craig-they-say

          I see a huge double standard going on.

          • Observer

            Why are you not addressing the huge double standard with the right wing boycott of Home Depot? eh?

          • bakery

            How do you know that there weren’t local boycotts of the bakery. Are you sitting here saying that gays are shopping at that bakery? Come on Steve, give me a break.

        • Duder3

          Also: Muslims don’t drink alcohol either, but I don’t seem them funding some group that tries to keep drinkers from marrying. Nor do kosher-shop owners support groups that try to ban consumers of pork and shellfish from marrying.

      • speonjosh

        The answer to your two questions to the crowd are yes and yes.

        Live and let live is a fabulous way to run your life. We all have thoughts in our heads at different times that are best kept right there, never articulated. So two people with vastly different political viewpoints on various things can get along, even be friends, if those things never get brought up.

        But Chick-Fil-A’s pres couldn’t keep his yapper shut. So now everyone knows what kind of bigotry is in his heart. Since he could/would personally suffer from a boycott, there are now millions of people motivated to boycott his restaurant. They have every right to do so. And if they do so, even if they promote it widely, even if he goes bankrupt – they are not harming his First Amendment rights one whit. He will be free to continue speaking out against gay marriage / etc as much as he wants. No one can take that away from him.

      • Yo

        So can you stop asking questions that make no sense? Yes, it is ok to “hurt” people or businesses financially – by choosing to spend our money elsewhere. you are the one who wants to take away others’ rights and have privileges over gay people. you are the one who is sitting there complaining about a boycott as if we stole your right to OUR money. Please. You should consider yourself privileged that anyone here bothers to respond to your senseless questions.

  • Yay Hate!

    How embarrassing to be you if you actually went – I’m sure Jesus was impressed that you bought a chicken sandwich.

    • novasteve

      Hate to break it to you, but devout christians aren’t the only group that don’t support gay marriage.

      • faintlyprogressive

        I hate to break it to you, but I know devout Christians who support gay marriage.

        • drax

          Some devout Christians are even gay, and married.

      • Yo

        hate to break it to you, but Jesus was gay.

    • John Fontain

      I agree. This situation is disappointing to me. One, because so many people took time out of their day to oppose letting humans that love each other ‘make it official.’ And two, because I love Chick-fil-A’s food and this will make me seriously reconsider ever eating there again.

      • novasteve

        John, do you support the right of incestuous couples (consenting adults) to get married?IF NOT, you are one of those people who oppose letting humans that love each other ‘make it official’.

        • John Fontain

          Yes.

          • novasteve

            Wow, I’m shocked. YOu aren’t a hypocrite. Very very few of the people who call for “marriage equality” share your view though. Yet they sitll use the term “marriage equality” despite not meaning it.

          • Duder3

            Yeah, because there are SO many brothers and sisters wanting to get married.

            Resorting to a straw-man argument like that just proves you have no logical leg to stand on.

          • VaguelyInterested

            But the Bible does say that if your brother passes, you must marry his widow, or something to that effect. So that says that the Bible commands you to marry your sister-in-law under those circumstances.

          • Mary-Austin

            It also shows what a sick twisted person he is for equating the two.

          • Jackson

            Exactly, Mary-Austin. He does that all the time. If you boycot a company whose president gives millions to groups to push his view of the world, YOU’RE the bigot. If you support gay marriage, you’re obligated to support incest and beastiality. He builds these intricate extreme views and crams them into YOUR mouth.

          • faintlyprogressive

            homosexuality is real

            a preference for siblings, that makes someone unable to have a sexual relationship with non-siblings, is not.

          • Jaime Lannister

            My sister Cersei and I disagree. It is the best way to propagate our royal genetics

          • Westover

            Lots of gay folks have had sexual relations with folks of the opposite sex, infact lots have had hetro-marriages with kids as a result, so why can’t someone that has an attraction to their sibling not also have relations with a non-relative? Your logic here fails.

          • Yo

            no, Steve. WE aren’t hypocrites. You, unfortunately, are, as your many posts here have demonstrated.

    • bman

      keep on hating, hater!

      • Max

        Boycotting a company because the CEO funds organizations that fight your very existence is not hating.

        • novasteve

          How is he fighting the existance of gays? How are those organizations? Gay marriage = existance of gays?

          • Can’t have it both ways Steve

            He funds organizations who try to “cure” people from being gay. So yes, he does fight the very existence of gays.

          • novasteve

            Are groups fighting smoking and trying to discourage and ban it fighting the existance of smokers?

            Are these “cure” gay people programs going to force people to attend them? Do you think it’s okay for someone who is gay who doesn’t want to be gay to be allowed to attend one of these, or do you think it should be banned?

          • SHLady

            dude, you use hypotheticals like buckshot. Take a deep breath and try to tone it down.

          • drax

            “hypotheticals like buckshot”

            Nailed him.

          • LVGuy

            because these organizations have advocated for the criminalization of homosexuality.

          • novasteve

            Now or in the past? The supereme court has ruled on the issue so they can advocate all they want and there will be no law banning homosexuality. All I see is people complaining that these organizations don’t support gay marriage.

          • LVGuy

            Except Supreme Court rulings can be overturned, and the constitution can be changed. Policemen can (and do) ignore Supreme Court rulings and turn a blind eye to violence against gays. There are national leaders siding with groups that claim that the mental struggles we faced during adolescence and adulthood were our choice to struggle with. They’re saying that we didn’t work hard enough to become straight, even though we worked harder on changing our sexuality than most people have worked on anything.

            Then they go out and attack our families and friends for supporting us, our children for having a “fake” family, and then they fight laws that punish people who attack and murder us.

            I realize the US is a lot better about this than most countries, but I have every right to demand equal treatment, just like hey have every right to advocate for these changes. But I have every right to call them out because I view their actions at hate.

          • LVGuy

            Also in 29 states it’s completely legal for an employer to fire someone simply because they are gay. This has nothing to do with discussing inappropriate behavior in the office, just being gay. Slipping up and saying “my boyfriend” lands plenty of people at the unemployment office. The organizations that the CEO gives money to actively fight attempts to remove these barriers to employment.

          • CMG

            It’s the organizations he donates money to. THAT’s the issue here. His organization, WinShape, has donated $1.9 million to Exodus International, the National Christian Foundation, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Family Research Council, the Marriage and Family Foundation, and the Georgia Family Council. Some of those organizations have bigoted missions. And in the case of anti-gay beliefs, yes, those are bigoted beliefs.

  • Scott

    I find myself shaking my head siding with the faux news crowd on this. Shocker that a fast food chain that is closed on Sunday’s due to religious reasons doesn’t agree with gay marriage. Is this really breaking news for anyone/ how can it bet? Who cares though? The chicken is still so good.

    • Filly Buster

      When are they going to start donating money to prevent divorce?

      • Westover

        The organizations that they are getting grief for supporting are opposed to easy divorce.

        • novastephanie

          Oh, so they are only opposed to “easy” gay marriage. I see.

    • DarkHeart

      Do they still offer they Washington Times for sale on site?

      As for being closed on Sundays, can you go after them to change their highway signs to say CLOSED SUNDAYS so you aren’t disappointed when you get off I-70, drive all the way into Hagerstown to see it shuttered circa 2008?

  • AlexandriaMegg

    Actually there were a few “protestors” outside the Crystal City location around 7pm handing out some sort of literature.

    • novasteve

      Check out the youtube video of that jerk going to the chick fil a drive thru abusing the employees. I think Adam smith is his name.

    • Tabby_TwoTone

      That was me, and they were menus for Shake Shack.

  • really

    Jesus loves KFC. He told me to buy YumYum Brands back in 04.

    • Andy

      It’s “Yum!,” not “YumYum.” Just one Yum, with an exclamation mark.

      • not really

        No wonder my broker thought I was crazy.

        • Andy

          The food is definitely YumYum, just not the name.

        • speonjosh

          YUM price mid 2004: $19, currently trading at: $65. Up 242% in 8 years. Not bad. Only yields 1.76%, though.

  • nunya

    looking forward to the kiss in protests tomorrow.

    i love softcore porn.

    • novasteve

      Unless they buy something, I hope they get arrested for trespassing. It’s private property. or do I have a right to walk into a Halal place wearing my Proud ot Be Zionist tshirt just to disrupt things?

      • faintlyprogressive

        I haven’t tested it, but I think there are a bunch of halal places that wouldnt mind.

        • novasteve

          Right… Do you even believe that? I doubt anyone else does.

          • faintlyprogressive

            sure. There are halal restaurants around here run by afghans, by turks, by other muslim groups not uniformly hostile to Israel, and there are muslims who in the absence of a hallel restaurant, will eat kosher. This is the USA and hallal places know they will get all kinds. Plus they are businesses, trying to make money.

            I don’t have a proud to be zionist shirt, but I do have shirts with hebrew on them. I may try this and see what happens.

          • drax

            In fact, a majority of Arabs in the U.S. are Christians.

            http://www.aaiusa.org/pages/demographics/

            Many of them run stores that sell Halal products. You can’t even assume, like steve does, that every Halal joint is run by Muslims, let alone what they think of gay marriage or Zionism.

          • LVGuy

            I had no idea! Thanks for the only positive part about this post.

    • drax

      This is dying for a lesbian porn parody movie. “Chicks-Fil-A?”

      • nunya

        Chix Fil Laid

    • Max

      +1

  • Buckwheat

    I love fast food! I hope somewhere in the hole they are digging in Courthouse, the “Real Mexican” place Taco Bell comes back:)

    I do like seeing people try to move this country back to the center. The fringes have been playing tug-a-war too long!

  • ClueMeIn

    Regardless of your political views – why would you want to stuff your face with barf-tastic food on any day? I can understand if you were in some armpit town that only had 5 different fast food restaurants to pick from, but around here, with so many choices, why on earth would you go to any of these places?

    • novasteve

      Maybe because not everyone can afford to spend $15 for a sandwich in a “Tavern”? Maybe they’re in a rush? For fast food, Chick Fil A is as healthy as it comes.

      • not really

        As healthy as it comes. Talk about faint praise…

        • novasteve

          Do you think the burgers you get from a “Tavern” are healthy?

      • sweetgreen

        beg to differ.

  • CW

    Wow, got the owners’ names confused for a second in the article. Was trying to envision how the line for the Ballston CFA could have stretched to Ted’s…that would be a LOT of customers…

  • novasteve

    Reminder, to those of you who are criticizing Chick Fil A for not supporting gay marriage, if you dont’ support incestuous marriage of consenting adults, you don’t believe in marriage equality, and you are just as hateful as you accuse others of being. So how do you have standing to call anyone else hateful or accusing them of wanting to deny equality, when you yourselves deny equality to others?

    If you support marriage equality YOU MUST support incestuous marriage of consenting adults otherwise YOU DO NOT SUPPORT MARRIAGE EQUALITY.

    • LVGuy

      gay marriage =/= incestuous marriage, but in essence, I have no problem with two consenting adults getting married.

      • novasteve

        gay marriage =/= heterosexual marriage

        • LVGuy

          yup!

    • Jimbo

      OK, I support the legalization of incestuous marriage of consenting adults. Where’s your God now?

      • novasteve

        I’m an Agnostic, so I’m not even sure God exists. But the marriage equality people aren’t supporting incestuous marriage, but still claim they are for marriage equality, despite not being for it.

        • Jackson

          Here’s your argument applied to you, Steve. As a Jew, do you also believe in Jesus as your savior? Or the Virgin Mary? Or Mohammad? If not, you are against religions!

    • Duder3

      OK. I don’t care. It’s gross, but it doesn’t hurt me–so they can go nuts.

    • dk (not DK)

      Okay, I support them, too.

      Although, you do know the reasons most (all?) states prohibit marriage between certain relatives, don’t you? It’s a long-standing taboo likely rooted in the knowledge that close relatives are more likely to have genetically impaired offspring. (See: Hapsburg Dynasty.) I’ll let you in on a little secret, Steve. Two people of the same sex can’t reproduce together! Amazing, I know. The good news is that that also means the state has no specific concerns about the genetic fitness of a gay couple’s biological children.

    • David

      I love how people like you try to make petty comparisons and pat yourself on the back thinking you are clever. (please don’t tell me you are one of those that compares owning a gun ownership to car ownership too) Go ahead, eat your CFA, fatten yourself up, get diabetes, and try to find affordable healthcare. Find more clever comparisons and catch phrases while you are at it.

      • novasteve

        How is it not an accurate comparison? People like you claim you support marriage equality. Then when presented with the fact you don’t support marriage equality, you start throwing a fit and insulting people because you realize you don’t believe in marriagie equality.

        • faintlyprogressive

          you claim to support free speech, but wont let me play me stereo loud at 3 AM.

          Marriage equality means equality between straights and gays – not that there are no rules about marriage.

    • Courthouse Res

      Great argument considering incestuous marriage is already legal in many states!

      • novasteve

        It is? In what state can a brother and sister marry, or a parent and adult child marry? I bet you are referring to first cousins, which might be legal in some states.

    • esmith69

      Once again, No-go-steve provides a horrendous analogy.

      There’s a valid scientific reason that incest is discouraged. It’s called INBREEDING and has been proven to significantly increase the risk of all sorts of genetic defects.

  • drax

    Someone needs to take advantage of the new market and open a pro-gay chicken store.

    Chik-Fil-Gay perhaps.

  • Tre

    Chicken is food. Chicken is not politics. The media always wants to make sweeping conclusions and find the “meaning” behind everything. There is no meaning behind eating a chicken sandwich.

    • faintly progressive

      chicken is business

      business is money

      money is politics

    • novasteve

      If you read the comments on here, some of the lefties are saying if you even eat there, you are a hater.

      • Duder3

        If you eat there, you either 1. support the idea of preventing consenting same-sex adults from having the benefits of marriage, including wills and hospital visitation, or 2. oppose that idea but are too self-centered and hypocritical to stop supporting a group that pushes such an agenda.

        If you told me you don’t hate me, you just want to make sure my wife and I can’t see each other in the hospital or leave property to each other, I’d say you might as well hate me.

        • BrantleyV

          I eat there because their spicy chicken sandwich is delicious.

          The great thing is, you can’t tell what my political views are when you look at me standing in line at a fast food restaurant. I bet that irks you.

          • V. Putin

            All you fat people look alike, it’s true.

          • BrantleyV

            The awesome thing is, I’m not fat. Jokes on you.

          • V. Putin

            You will be.

          • BrantleyV

            Nope. Shows what you know.

          • V. Putin

            We’ll see.

          • faintlyprogressive

            if you drink a latte at Starbucks, you probably like their lattes.

            If you go there on support Starbucks day, when the lines are much longer than usual, you are probably a supporter of gay rights, a supporter of Israel, an opponent of the boycotts, or all three.

          • dk (not DK)

            Exactly! Nicely said.

          • Duder3

            Given that you clearly are aware of CFA’s policies, either your love of that sandwich is greater than your concern for the rights of your fellow citizens, or you actively oppose the latter. There is no other possibility.

          • DoroSpencer

            Not caring either way is also an option. And seeing folk like you get bent out of shape is an extra guilty pleasure to go on top of the good feeling of being oblivious and enjoying delicious food.

          • drax

            No, that’s not another option, that’s the same as “your love of that sandwich is greater than your concern for the rights of your fellow citizens.”

          • Scott

            Except that is actually is an option. Do you boycott and have nothing to do with any religious organization? Just about all of them are anit-gay. Do you vet every business where you spend money? This selective outrage doesn’t hold water.

        • Scott

          Wrong

          If you eat there you might just like tasty chicken sandwich.

          I don’t know or care about the religious views of most or prob any of the places I eat. I do know that Chick-fil-a makes some very tasty chicken. Assume away

          • Duder3

            You’re the guy with his hands over his ears going “Blahblahblah not listening! blah blah”–but yet your presence on this site proves you are not oblivious to the fact that CFA donates to groups like Focus on the Family, which aim to deny gay people the right to marry, adopt, etc.

          • Scott

            This isn’t new news. Why now?

            CFA didn’t just start supporting these groups. CFA has always been out front with its religious culture. The Catholic church did not just start being against gay marriage.

          • Jane-Dallas

            Why now? Because the old man started bragging about his donations.

          • Scott

            But it isn’t news. This is not a new position from the Catholic church that they are following. They held this position. If they did not speak of it everything would be okay?

            Do you have as much venom for the church for which he is a believer and follower?

          • Healthy Canadian

            I thought he was a Baptist.

        • C

          Does this mean you vet different institutions to ensure they do not have opposing views? If my doctor happens to be associated with Georgetown University or another such Catholic institution does that me I am “too self centered and hypocritical” based on opposing views on birth control?

          This is not to say I agree with the views expressed by Chik-Fil-A, but the typical American spends a lot of money at a wide variety of businesses and institutions. Sometimes, one has to look at other aspects of a corporation to see if the good aspects outweigh the negative. Most times, we don’t know where the our money is going or how the different place are run. I commend Chick-fil-A for making their statement and being open. It has certainly worked to bring the issue to the forefront in discussions. People can now make their own decisions as to whether to dine there or not.

    • nunya

      there is meaning behind the money i give for the chicken sandwich [or any other goods/services] when it is used against me.

      that is the point of this.

      • Tre

        Their money is being used against you? I think not. There are shades of gray in this world. And a chicken sandwich has nothing to do with same sex marriages being rejected by popular votes. Chicken will not change people’s views, people do through interaction. The chicken business is a non-issue but it has become the fascination of everyone.

        • nunya

          yes. if i buy their sandwich, they take my money. and turn around and give some of that money to their political causes which would/are be detrimental to me. gay marriage, anti abortion, etc.

          of course, all this is chicken feed compared to the Koch Bros., their companies and what they do politically….

          • nunya

            pun unintended. sorry.

          • faintlyprogressive

            I think thats well worth thinking about.

          • nunya
          • nunya
          • Guy LeDouche

            Or what the Unions, or Hollywood peeps or many others give to liberal causes. People with money have opinons and are free to donate to whatever cause they want. So you can demonize the Koch brothers for doing exactly what plenty of others on the other side of the aisle do as well? I don’t really get your point.

          • faintlyprogressive

            the koch brothers and their pals have A. built an entire network of institutions to make Americans skeptical of real climate science, and to confuse them about hwat real science is. They have also played a huge role in call into existence the tea party, when of the more ignorant, more vicious, phenomena we have seen in this country in recent years. And they have ALSO demonized the very campaign finance laws that would limit the powers of donors on either side.

            I dont intend to demonize the Koch bros – they have already done that themselves, at least among people whose opinions I respect. I intend to think about ways to lessen the amount of my money going to them.

          • Scott

            Only one point of view is allowed then. You’re putting me in the unwelcome position of defending the Koch Bros’ right to have a position & to try to advance what they believe in. You & I may disagree with their position– but they’re still allowed to have an opposing view.

    • speonjosh

      Au contraire, mon frere.

      Food is politics.

      Everything is politics.

      Whether you realize it or not, you are taking a stand with just about every waking decision you make.

      • Tre

        Must be a tough life you’re living….

        • faintlyprogressive

          an aware life is worthwhile, and not THAT much tougher than an ignorant one

    • drax

      Tell that to all the people who ate them today.

      • Tre

        I will. Eating chicken to take a stand is ludicrous. Not eating chicken to take a stand is equally ludicrous. People should because they are hungry and crave the food.

        • drax

          Of course it’s ludicrous. But they did it.

        • WeiQiang

          Then make all of your customers feel welcome.

          • Scott

            The CEO doesn’t work the retail counter at CFA & even if he did what of it. If you or anyone go into CFA to buy a chicken sandwich please tell me how you will have any trouble doing so; or made to feel unwelcome.

          • WeiQiang

            CFA – not just Mr. Cathy – contributes to organizations that actively try to deny me equal protection and equal access to the civil rights and benefits of marriage. Going in to a store knowing my money is going to pay for that is not welcoming.

          • Scott

            CFA employs tens of thousands of people across the country. The 17 y/o girl selling chicken sandwiches at the counter is not oppressing or denying anyone’s rights– she’s selling chicken sandwiches. She is not deciding who does or does not get to get married & then divorced.

            Do you know what the executives at all the fortune 500 companies do with their money? What causes they support through their individual giving? It seems like such a cop out that the chicken sandwich shop is ground zero for gay marriage.

            Ultimately, what is the goal of a boycott or protest of CFA? Are they as a company expected to embrace the idea of gay marriage as a result? Are they supposed to say their religious beliefs are in fact wrong? What is a realistic expected outcome here? Or is the goal to put a company out of business?

  • edgar99

    Very proud of our local leaders for resisting the urge to join the mob of mayors wanting to deny business licenses based upon an owner’s religious beliefs.

    • novasteve

      I think they realized that that the lawsuits would hurt a bit too much, but I’m sure they’d love to come out and say Chick Fil A isn’t welcome. While Gray isn’t our leader, he is local and he came out was one of those Mayors…. So not only is his administration corrupt, he also hate the constitution.

      • Becoming indifferent

        Mayor Gray is an idiot–he’s got bigger issues to worry about than chicken. And the Godfather in Chicago, a city with a murder rate higher than the casualty rate in Afghanistan, goes off about Chick-fil-A. Way to avoid the serious issues!

        • Westover

          Good point, and the type of stupid stuff that is causeing more and more folks to become indifferent on the first Tuesday in November.

  • Pablo

    From Valley Forge, Guadalcanal and a jail cell in Birmingham to a Facebook post and waffle fries. Who says America’s best days are behind her?

  • novasteve

    I believe the largest franchiser of Wendys came out in support of Chick Fil A. Are you guys going to start threatening wendys too?

    • Chimichanga

      Go to work man.. 1hr of BSing here? WTF?!

      • novasteve

        Great argument.

        • Observer

          better than most of yours

    • drax

      One franchiser did, until the corporate HQ told him to shut up and get back to selling burgers.

  • novasteve

    Dont forget in Arlington County we still have the Central Library honoring Helen Thomas. Hilarious to see people up inarms over chick fil A.

    • Red Herring

      Oi you leave me out of this you!

    • SHlady

      Is this a straw man convention?

  • John Fontain

    Since my last comment was moderated, I’ll try again:

    This issue has nothing to do with freedom of speech and everything to do with intolerance and unequal rights.

    If Subway Corporation said, “We think different races shouldn’t be able to marry” and some government leaders said “Those views aren’t welcome here,” you wouldn’t see lines of people in Subway celebrating Subway’s “right to free speech.”

    • dk (not DK)

      +1

    • Openly Gator

      Sure you would. A bigot is a bigot is a bigot.

    • novasteve

      That’s not what Chick Fil A suppports.

      The complaint about free speech was that LIBERAL mayors were talking about banning Chick Fil A from the city.

      • John Fontain

        Reread my post, take a deep breath, and try again.

        • drax

          That should be how we all respond to every single one of steve’s posts.

    • CMG

      THANK YOU! I keep saying that you might as well just replace “gay rights” with “African American rights” in so many of these cases. The people in old black-and-white photos of pro-segregation protests are what the people in line at chic-fil-a will look like in 40 years. Marriage equality is a civil right.

      • novasteve

        So why are so many african americans offended by that comparison?

        • drax

          They’re hypocrites.

          Lots of Irish, who were discriminated against in the 1800s, opposed civil rights for blacks too. Nothing new.

        • faintlyprogressive

          probably for reasons similar to why some Irish Americans didnt appreciate the comparison of the struggle of blacks to theirs, or why some dissenting Protestants who didnt like discrimination by the Anglican establishment didnt see a need to extend the same rights to Catholics or Jews. Not everyone can see the parallel of their own struggles to others, and so they get insulted.

          • novasteve

            You’re comparing different rights. THey used to have laws preventing nonwhites and whites from marrying each other. But it was still limited to men and women, like marriage has been throughout it’s history.

            Now you’re trying to change what marriage was. People of different races have always married throughout history, however people of the same sex NEVER have married until recently. Allowing interracial marriage doesn’t change the defeinition of marriage.

          • WeiQiang

            Wow. THat’s a new record in contradiction. You acknowledge that marriage evolved to be more equal [correcting the inability of nonwhites and whites to marry] and then implying that it has stayed the same. Marriage has changed from a property rights mechanism to a tool of female oppression to a sacred sacrament in the space of some centuries. Never mind the Biblical exhortations for a brother-in-law to marry his sister-in-law if the husband dies.

            The only thing that hasn’t changed about marriage throughout history is that it has kept changing … inexorably to be more equal and enfranchising. All the historical proscriptions about equal marriage rights are based on assumptions about what selective Biblical passages and on incomplete understanding/ignorance of the evolving and improving scientific bases of homosexuality.

          • novasteve

            Marriage isn’t evolving, it’s always been the same exact then, A MAN MARRYING A WOMAN.

          • novastephanie

            Or a man marrying MULTIPLE women, but you know, it’s never changed.

          • WeiQiang

            … or a man OWNING a woman.

            Further, if you want to rely on a (misrepresented) argument about what marriage was before we had our own country, our laws are derived from English Common Law and those laws of our European ancestors [not many Iroquois tribal laws, sorry fellas]. Now, those countries are evolving to include marriage equality. Using your historical basis, it’s only natural for us then to evolve to a point in which families of same sex couples accrue the same rights, benefits, and obligations of civil marriage.

            If some folks want to eat chicken to resist this inexorable progress, god bless ‘em i say.

          • drax

            Used to be a MAN marrying a WOMAN of the SAME RACE too here in Virginia. Not any more.

          • faintlyprogressive

            but you didnt ask if this was a different kind of change in terms of its legal formulation. You asked why the compariso of this move for equality, with previous moves for racial equality offends SOME blacks (not all, by the way). We answered.

          • drax

            “Allowing interracial marriage doesn’t change the defeinition of marriage.”

            Sure it did. An interracial marriage was considered unnatural and forbidden by God. It wasn’t a “real” marriage. Marriage was defined as a union of different sexes of the same race.

      • John Fontain

        cmg said: “The people in old black-and-white photos of pro-segregation protests are what the people in line at chic-fil-a will look like in 40 years.”

        Bingo! I couldn’t agree more. And I can’t understand why the people in line at Chick-fil-A don’t understand this very obvious fact.

        There are going to be a lot of kids 10 years from now who will be completely embarrassed that their parents were part of the group who went out and publicly expressed their support for intolerance and unequal rights.

  • Allan

    You know, sometimes I think that everyone assumes that just because you are gay, you have to support all causes that the LGBT community espouses.

    I am proud to be gay, but to also be very conservative in many of my beliefs. I do believe in the sanctity of marriage, and both my partner and I respect the belief of other conservatives who don’t believe that we should be able to marry in their church. It is a difficult concept to reconcile when you’ve been brought up in an environment that truly, honestly believes that their version of Christianity is the right and just way.

    Christianity teaches us to not judge, and for those who so quickly judge the CEO of ChickFilA for his beliefs, we feel sadness. Show the people who so fervently believe their faith teaches them the right path that perhaps there might be another way to view God’s message. Do it through compassion, understanding, and through actions that don’t involve name-calling, boycotting, etc. Attacking someone for their true, honest belief, makes those who do it less effective, and less likely to be heard.

    • Duder3

      “…and I respect the belief of other conservatives who don’t believe that we should be able to marry **in their church.** ”

      That’s the key phrase. Absolutely, I agree that churches should be free to deny marriage to same-sex couples. But CFA is against allowing gays to get married in their own, super-liberal gay churches or in civil ceremonies.
      ]
      It’s disappointing that a gay person would support the idea of denying other gay people this right, unless I have misunderstood your stated views.

      (I think that as far as the government is involved, every marriage should be a civil union, and anything beyond that, by any other name, is between you and your church or lack thereof.)

      • Scott

        No one is asking to get married in a CFA. As well, no one has been denied the right to go to a CFA to buy a chicken sandwich.

    • faintlyprogressive

      “I respect the belief of other conservatives who don’t believe that we should be able to marry in their church.”

      But the CEO of CFA opposes CIVIL marriage rights for gays (and does so loudly)

    • Siegfried Fischbacher

      Self-hating queen. This has nothing to do with “marrying in their church”.

      • Allan

        As I said, name-calling makes one less likely to be heard.

        This man truly believes that his way of thinking is the right and just way. Many others, as has been mentioned here, including President Obama, also believed the same way until very recently.

        While we gave our President a “pass” on this issue, we don’t give this man a “pass”. Who is to say that within the next year, or six months, or 3 1/2 years ( the amount of time since we first heard our President’s view on marriage,) that this man may not also change his view?

        Everyone learns at a different rate; and people do evolve. Maybe he will, maybe he won’t. However, to assume that he “hates” just because he has a strong religious belief that does not align with my own, and then to denigrate him regardless of his actions, would make me less of a Christian.

        That is what I believe, and try to live by. I feel it best to try to work to make change in a caring way, and in a way that is based on mutual respect of the other person’s right to hold a belief that does not align with my own.

        • Scott

          Sorry, logic & understanding doesn’t work here.

          • Jane-Dallas

            Sorry, logic & understanding doesn’t apply to religion.

          • Scott

            Then take up your fight with the religion – which is where the issue actually lies.

          • Jane-Dallas

            I will. I’ll never buy a chicken sandwich from a church again!

          • purimisonceayear

            can I still buy a knish from a synagogue?

          • Scott

            brilliant

          • WeiQiang

            No one gave the President a PASS on this. Read the last 3 years of AMERICABlog, Pam’s House Blend, DailyKos, or Andrew Sullivan. And POTUS’ evolution was still late in coming.

            Likewise, with the possible exception of defending DOMA for a while, POTUS didn’t actively work against equal marriage rights using lies and distortions [like AFA, etc]. Mr. Cathy and CFA have.

            Accepting that sometimes people change, sometimes it that change is motivated and informed by disdain for their opinion – freely held and expressed – by others who have the opposite freely held and expressed position.

            Mr. Cathy’s opinions – and his corporate giving habits – have been well known for years. I think they just got broader exposure to daylight and people didn’t like it. Others did.

  • Mike

    F these people. Seriously.

  • novasteve

    Until just three months ago, Barack Obama shared the view of Cathy, many of you voted for Obama despite knowing he shared the exact views of Obama. was Obama a bigot? And if so, why did you vote for a bigot but want to boycott a chicken place?

    • Duder3

      Obama’s views on this were ambivalent (“evolving”) until recently. Even when he was not for gay marriage, he wasn’t fundamentally against the idea but merely didn’t think the country was ready for it. That’s different from saying it will bring God’s wrath on the nation and then giving tons of money to groups that think gays should basically become hermits or fake being straight until their willpower crumbles, a la Mark Foley (R-FL).

      • novasteve

        He opposed same sex marriage. If you don’t believe in God, why would you fear the words about God’s wrath if god doesn’t exist?

        It doesn’t matter if Obama quoted the bible or not, he DID NOT support gay marriage until three months ago. I didn’t see people calling him a bigot, in fact they went out to vote for him.

        • WeiQiang

          … and POTUS did not use his money to make contributions to organizations that consider homosexuality a sin to be eradicated through reparative therapy. As well, POTUS got tons of flak for his position, just like Mr. Cathy and CFA.

          BTW, are you giving us a scoop here and saying that Mr. Cathy will be changing his views in the near future once he looks at some facts and the damage he does to others … on a civil right that he has but that he doesn’t want other families to have?

          • Oh yes I did

            I think it’s above Cathy’s pay grade to change views like that.

          • novasteve

            Getting people out to vote for Obama in California got Proposition 8 passed.

          • WeiQiang

            yup … nothing to do with the money from Salt Lake City or Rome.

          • Scott

            A whole lotta parsing going on here. Obviously Mr. Cathy is the only person that opposes and is holding back gay marriage. He must be punished for his view. POTUS surely never opposed gay marriage. We must destroy this chicken sandwich shop so that Mr. Cathy will be for gay marriage.

          • WeiQiang

            No one is making the claims that you’re backing in to.

            A public person who owns a public accomodation that serves customers made his position known about an issue of interest to his customers. Some customers and those who might advocate for those customers object to his statements – freely held and expressed – and decided that they don’t want their money going to the causes the he and his company actively finance. If, in not spending my money at CFS, Mr. Cathy is “punished” or his business is “destroyed”, so be it. However, I think that you’re just using the language of victimhood as a smokescreen.

            Other corporations – Target, Exxon, airlines, Cracker Barrel and the like – have all gone through similar actions … as have Ford and others against whom AFA has taken action. No one is claiming that they are being punished or destroyed. People are taking responsibility for how they spend their consumer dollars and how those dollars might be used after the sale.

          • Jackson

            No one is trying to DESTROY his “chicken sandwich shop” (Ha! Like he has a little place on Columbia Pike.)

      • Guy LeDouche

        Revisionist history on your part…but as I said in an above comment, I don’t agree with the anti gay marriage crew, but just pointing out that you aren’t being honest about Obama’s stated positions.

        2004: As a U.S. Senate candidate, Mr. Obama tells Chicago public television “marriage is between a man and a woman.” In the same interview, Mr. Obama said he wanted to ensure gays and lesbians have “the rights of citizenship” but noted, “I don’t think marriage is a civil right.”

        • Jackson

          And Romney used to be pro-choice. Now he’s so anti-abortion he wants to shut down Planned Parenthood. Did his views change? Or is he a politician and he’s pandering? Obama was probably guilty of trying not to make waves (it’s traditionally been a safer bet to side against the gays as a politician). Does he get more supporters supporting gay marriage than he alienates? Not likely.

  • Scott

    CFA is not representing a political view. CFA is an organization that is closed on Sunday in respect for their religion. Their view is based in their religion.

    The church and the pope also are against gay marriage. Are all these people boycotting CFA also boycotting the Catholic church and the pope.

    I am not against gay marriage but the intent here that CFA should be hurt economically until they agree to an opposing view seems off to me. Why are they picked out specifically? Are these same people boycotting their churches?

    • Duder3

      News Flash: Plenty of Catholics disagree with the Pope and the Church on lots of issues, including gay marriage.

      Also, I don’t think the pope runs any restaurants, other than Knights of Columbus bingo halls that serve burgers. And in that case, no, I would not want to contribute my money, knowing that the Church also pushes an anti-gay agenda (though with less vigor than Chick-Fil-A).

      • Scott

        So when is the planned protest at the church akin to these planned at CFA?

        The church pushes an anti-gay agenda with less vigor than CFA??

        • faintlyprogressive

          i dunno, you could organize a protest if you want.

          I dont understand the need for consistency. If someone likes gay marriage, they can protest against any anti-gay marriage insitutiton they choose – do they have to get a list of all of them and protest them all equally? That seems silly.

          • Scott

            Then what actually is the objective of protesting gay marriage at a fast food restaurant? What is intended to be achieved by doing so? That seems silly

        • WeiQiang

          There have been more Catholic Church protests than CFA protests. Go on YouTube. You’ll see rainbow-sashed gay Catholics being denied Communion.

          Have you not been watching the debate over the LCWR and their censure by the Conf of Bishops?

      • C

        Hospitals? Universities? There is more to the Catholic church than Bingo. I am sure many people send a lot money to the churches, hospitals and universities while also opposing their beliefs. A business should be banned but not another type of institution?

    • faintlyprogressive

      “The church and the pope also are against gay marriage. Are all these people boycotting CFA also boycotting the Catholic church and the pope. ”

      I can’t say ive bought anything from them lately.

      • soarlslacker

        People who were raised in the catholic church became “lapsed” long ago. Who could stomach a worldwide organization that protects and hides pedophiles? It is not that god is bad–it is the people who think a bs institution is more important than those people it is supposed to serve (not abuse). It is hard to have any respect for an organization that systemmatically and repeatedly breaks the law and hurts people.

        • Scott

          You are saying all Catholic people stopped going to church long ago, correct?

          • Catoe

            Only the thinking ones.

          • WeiQiang

            I’m not. I’m saying that my sister the nun and my VERY Catholics siblings and their families treat me and my partner equally and ask why we don’t get married sooner than later [in a jurisdiction where we can]. They don’t even try to defend the laughable positions of the church hierarchy. They try to cut through all this doctrinally questionable stuff and focus on their relationship with their God, on doing good works, and

            You do realize that this is where the Catholic Church’s fight is these days right? The nun thing is a distraction. Even the insanely depraved pedophile protection ring they’ve got running isn’t their big problem. All of this durm&strang is about trying to make themselves relevant amid an aging and fading congregation.

    • John Fontain

      scott said: “the intent here that CFA should be hurt economically until they agree to an opposing view seems off to me.”

      How is not supporting them (by not giving them my business) wanting to hurt them economically? If I don’t eat a Morton’s does that mean i want to hurt Morton’s economically?

      • Scott

        I googled the definition of boycott for you here:
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boycott

        • John Fontain

          Thanks, now read what I wrote closely and try again. If I don’t give them my business because I don’t want them to have even more money to funnel to anti-gay causes, how is that trying to hurt them economically? You really don’t see a difference between not helping and hurting?

          • Scott

            This is not a media circus story because John Fontain alone may or may not spend his dollars at CFA.

            It is a media event because gay marriage is a hot topic and a boycott is proposed based on CFA’s postion.

            “From the article above we’re supposedly commenting on here:

            Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee promoted “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” on Facebook to counter a boycott of the Atlanta-based chain by same-sex marriage activists. The boycott came after Chick-fil-A President and CEO Dan Cathy spoke publicly about his company’s opposition to gay marriage.”

  • Marty

    Libs got their panties twisted about something again? Must be Thursday.

    • novasteve

      Of course it’s only selective outrage, as usual.

    • drax

      Yep, one day it’s racism, next day its sexism, etc. Stupid liberals and their civil rights and stuff.

    • faintlyprogressive

      seems like its the folks going out of their way to eat at CFA today who have their panties in a twist.

      • novasteve

        seems like the people wanting to boycott a place are the ones with their panties in a twist after changing their boycott from an outright ban because they know how much of a first amendment violation that was going to be.

        • faintlyprogressive

          the only person I can think of even hinting at a ban was the mayor of Boston, who may well have his panties in a twist. Him and the thousands of folks who went out of their way to eat at CFA yesterday.

          • novasteve

            No, they started with banning, then backpeddled to saying “doesn’t share our values, but we can’t actually stop them” only after their legal department told them of their wanton disregard for the first amendment. CAn you admit the irony of Rahm Emanuel picking out CFA while WELCOMING Farrakhan despite his virulent antisemitism and anti gay views? Are Farrakhan’s views chicago values? Reminder, a city with a higher homicide rate than Kabul and Mexico city lecturing about values?

          • John Fontain

            You give me a genuine chuckle each time you say this is a free speech issue (despite the fact that not one person has said CFA doesn’t have the right to state their opinion). Say it enough and maybe you’ll brainwash everyone into believing ‘that this is what the controversy is all about – it’s isn’t CFA’s intolerance, it’s everyone else not letting CFA talk, right?

            LOL!

          • SHLady

            Take a deep breath, get your facts straight, and try again.
            What governing body of liberals had this meeting where they made this decision? do you think there’s a secret liberal headquarters in an underground bunker?

        • WeiQiang

          Leave the ban meme. It was political theater. Turning the accusatory finger doesn’t distract the fundamental issue that Cathy & CFA have held this position for a long time. Once it got some daylight on it, people said “that’s not right”. Those that object to CFA’s actions may just stop going there, some may boycott, some may advocate for bans, and some may just go to CFA to make out.

          Let’s assume your “Look how stupid liberals are because every one of the THEM were too dumb to realize they can’t ban CFA … so we WIN because traditional values won because [remind me again how]!” schtick is true. We all know more about CFA and the hate groups they fund [see SPLC definition of "hate group"].

  • Mary-Austin

    Jesus would have loved y’all more if you donated those chicken sandwiches to the homeless or something…just sayin.

    • WeiQiang

      Those people deserve to not have what they don’t have, just like I deserve a disproportionare share in my pockets of what they produced in my factories, offices, and stores.

  • U ROY

    This has nothing to do with free speech, just plain old racism. I think we have see this before.

    http://www.ernie-jones.com/segregation.jpg

    • doug

      nail on the head. capitalism eats civil rights spits out bigots singing we shall overcome in between bites of sandwich with over half the daily requirement of sodium. It’s beautiful, really. What’s next – eat at McDonalds to support gun rights?

  • Greg

    Chick-fil-a is delicious and I don’t think someone who views marriage between a man and a woman is anything to get worked up about. When they start discriminating against gays in their hiring practices, then I will consider this an issue.

    • Scott

      Correct

    • WeiQiang

      How about funding organizations that advocate for discrimination?

  • Jack

    Why did I read these comments? I knew it was going to devolve into a flame war. Oh yeah, I don’t want to clean the apartment.

  • Tre

    I can’t wait until gay marriage is legal everywhere so I can go back to eating chick-fil-a without being a clucking bigot.

  • soarlslacker

    How can a marriage that you are not in…someone else’s marriage…be any of your business? If the government offers marriage via licenses, they should offer that service to everyone–gay, straight, undecided, and ambidextrous!
    How does someone else’s marriage affect you or your relationship? It doesn’t.
    Life would be much better if everyone would keep their gods and the accompanying mythology to themselves. Your god may be right for you, but stop pushing it on the rest of us.
    I don’t care what people do, as long as they don’t block traffic.

    • Guy LeDouche

      I’m with you on this. I’ve always said that government should be out of the “marriage” business altogether and only issue civil union licenses which are available to any two consenting adults, straight, gay, whatever. Leave “marriage” in the traditional sense up to any individual’s church or whatever religious organization if they want it. If you don’t like the Catholic church’s view on marriage…well then don’t be Catholic or get married in their church under their rules. My wife and I were married by a minister of the Universal Life Church (online ordained minister), and they support gay marriage, and our marriage is official. Cool by us, doesn’t in any way effect our male-female marriage if the same minister married two dudes to each other. Equal opportunity misery for all I say. I guess that is why all the right-wingers and left-wingers seem to piss me off equally with their equal hypocrisy and why I continue to clasify myself as a Libertarian. But also why I really couldn’t care less about this whole topic because like some others said if I want Chick-Fil-A, I’ll go there and get it. The opinions of a guy who is involved with the company and where he donates his money really matters not to me. Much like I don’t care about giving my money to go to a movie that happens to be produced/directed/acted in by some left-winger who gives money to his causes. From my point of view it all balances out anyway. Life’s too short to get your panties in a bunch about idiots from both spectrums of the mainstream political world.

      • SomeGuy

        I’m pretty sure I concur with every sentence you wrote here.

      • WeiQiang

        Well, it’s not his money he’s giving to organizations that doin’t share your version of freedom … it’s YOUR money. If you’re cool with that, no one is going to keep you from spending your money that way.

        • DCBuff

          Actually, I think it is exactly what all those idiot mayors want to do–keep people from spending their money at CFA. But, I agree with guy’s post.

        • Guy LeDouche

          No, it is absolutely his money. It ceased to be my money when I traded it for delicious chicken products in a transaction in which I exchanged legal tender for chicken tenders (I crack myself up). What he does with it then is his business. When I buy products at some of the local Arlington businesses that are no doubt owned by left-wing individuals, I’m sure some of those people in turn utilize their earnings to support organizations, candidates, etc that I surely disagree with. And I really don’t care about that as long as I am getting the product that I desire. In fact to go a step further, I previously owned part of a franchise business that I know for a fact I had differing political beliefs than the franchise parent company founder and CEO, but why would I have cared…it was business.

          • jackson

            So using that logic, I guess you don’t care much about “blood diamonds,” for example?

            It’s just business. If I want a diamond, I buy one. If that money (which is now his) goes to forcing kids into militias, that’s his choice.

          • Josh S

            Your sh*t don’t stink, huh?

          • WeiQiang

            I don’t know why YOU would have cared. I know why I care. There are families whose tax benefits and quality of life are affected because the parents can’t get married. Those who patronize CFA are perpetuating this inequity. I choose not to patronize CFA. I would hope that you DO care who in your community is supporting child labor by selling certain products from overseas, who may offer fair trade coffee, who is trying to reduce chemical run off by responsible farming … name the ways you can influence making other peoples’ lives better, as well as your own. If you don’t care, that is of course your right. It’s just business.

          • Josh S

            I’m fairly certain that this attitude neatly sums up what so many people find detestable about the classic Republican / laissez faire / it’s all about the bottom line approach to transactions made in the business world.

            It’s remarkable the blinders that people will put on so as to willfully ignore how their actions have consequences. As if things were clean and neat and this had no connection to that.

            I’m not saying it’s possible to act with full awareness of every connection in every transaction you make. It’s just physcially and mentally not possible. But to just sweep them all away with a “it’s just business” attitude, is frankly ignorant. And sometimes there are connections so blatant and so repugnant that individuals are motivated to take action, whether it is protesting or boycotting or etc. This is thankfully also a right that we have in this country and gives people some small outlet to attempt to exert influence on the shape of our society.

          • Scott

            Let’s get real here. So if in your line of work, you come across vendors, clients, customers, co-workers, bosses that do not support gay marriage or are out outspokenly against it– you would then not take that client’s business, buy from that vendor, work with that co-worker/ boss, quit your job? Really?

    • John Fontain

      soarlslacker said: “Life would be much better if everyone would keep their gods and the accompanying mythology to themselves.”

      That about sums things up.

  • Pablo

    The geniuses who said the big snows of 2010 proved global warming doesn’t exist are now declaring a massive family values victory because lines were long at Chick-fil-a on Aug. 1.

    I suspect the chain lost more customers than it gained with Dan Cathy’s declarations, especially as it expands in places like Northern Virginia. That’s why smart companies never declare their politics in such glaring terms and why the Koch brothers fear their views will eventually become attached to their brands like Angel Soft and Dixie.

    Just like it’s been pretty easy avoiding Exxon since the Valdez spill so many years ago, there are plenty of fast food places to choose from.

    • Duder3

      Much as I like the idea of cleansing my backside with the Koch brothers, I don’t want to support them–so thanks for the info about Angel Soft!

      • ShirliMan

        **chuckle**

    • novasteve

      I love how tolerant liberals love to generalize about people.

      • SHLady

        But it’s totally cool for you to do it.

    • drax

      God, guns and gross food.

      • hebrewnational

        we resemble that remark

        • Kony Thornheiser

          Per the Choctaw Bingo song?

  • Courthouse Diva

    People’s Republic of Arlington — you can only have politically correct views as defined by the liberals. The Chick-fil-a CEO expressed his beliefs. I don’t agree but I certainly agree with his right to do so.

    Much blood was spilled and many deaths occurred so that I have the right to express my opinion.

    • faintlyprogressive

      and others have the right to call you a doofus for doing so. odd how that works

      • Scott

        When you run out of reasoning let the name calling begin

        • faintlyprogressive

          the issue here is free speech – or so its said. name calling is also free speech. Youd think the folks who said some pretty nasty things about Obama would realize that.

          It this “you are denying me my free speech by SAYING mean things about me” meme that is absurd.

          • Scott

            Huh?

          • drax

            It was pretty clear.

    • Jane-Dallas

      “The Chick-fil-a CEO expressed his beliefs” No, that’s not it. You are either lying or grossly misinformed.

      Which is it?

    • Mary-Austin

      His views essentially boil down to the idea that other American citizens should not enjoy the same rights as he does based on his twisted version of Christianity.
      That is what is screwed up about the whole thing.

      • DCBuff

        And what is your point? If you don’t agree with his beliefs–and many Christians do agree, some don’t–how does his view become twisted? You the pope of Arlington village? And, sure, you can call him a “doofus” and other names, but it is damn funny that when your beliefs are called into question by someone else (say, novasteve), you get all fired up and then call them something even worse. All this arrogant liberal garbage spewing and conservative melodramatics has made me lose my appetite. No CFA tonight.

        • faintlyprogressive

          im not a christian, but I think christians can say other christians have a twisted version of christianity. Dont most of these fundies say that about the liberal churches?

    • dk (not DK)

      This is pretty funny, given that it was a CFA in Arlington that was doing such brisk business. Maybe Arlington isn’t the liberal bastion conservatives like to claim it is.

      • WeiQiang

        It was Crystal City; one of them anyhow. I live in Crystal City and work here. Most of these folks arrive on Metro, VRE and 365 from Springfield, Woodbridge, Chantilly, Stafford, etc.

      • sunflower

        how do you count the number of people, like myself, who will not ever be patronizing a cfa from now on?

        • SHLady

          Everyone else in Arlington who wasn’t there? :) that’s a lot of people.

        • oops

          Did you used to?

          • sunflower

            yes, though i admit i don’t research every commercial establishment. it’s just that this was so blatant–i believe over 2 mil contributed by corp to known or borderline hate groups last year alone

    • drax

      And I have a right to express my opinion of your opinion. Duh.

    • http://gwbthird@gmail.com geebee

      Yes, and how much blood was spilled by poor chickens so that double-wide Prince William residents working in Crystal City could express their freedom to eat fried cholesterol? I trust their health care is paid up. Diabetes and heart disease do not come cheap.

  • SJ

    Everyone standing in line should have read this:

    http://www.owldolatrous.com/?p=288

    • doug

      great post to share – thanks!

    • Chimichanga

      +1, that was very good reading and reasoning. steveyboy, go read that.

  • Alex

    I’m sure if they had had a Sambo’s Restaurant appreciation day in 1960 for the company’s donation to segregationist or anti-miscegenation causes, there would have been a mass outpouring by certain segments of the public, too. The real test will be how Chick-Fil-A will do day-to-day from here on out.

    When a star has its last gasp, it goes supernova and burns bright and brilliant in convulsion just before it dies. Here’s to those shining stars of the paleo-conservative firmament, Mike Huckabee and Dan Cathy!

    • WeiQiang

      See also: Cracker Barrel

  • esmith69

    Though I consider this more of an equal rights issue than a political issue, it’s really gross that Chick-fil-A decided to use their prominence and money to try and advance their religious-based agenda.

    Actually it’s proibably pretty stupid of them if you think about it–there is a reason that executives of large companies typically don’t share their opinions publicly on sensitive topics…

  • Chimichanga

    Stevey boy, seriously, your employer should fire you. An entire afternoon of this, 4 full hours?

    Or are you on the ARLNow payper view ad payroll?

    puraaaa pendejjada, brah.

  • Seeing it like it is

    Thank goodness (god-ness) that there are companies like CFA out there who will stand on their religious rights. Does the gay community realize how many homes and businesses are out there who only tolerate gay rights and do not actually support them. Tolerance is NOT support.

    • WeiQiang

      Yes, we do … and, with every ALEC-produced, “conscious clause” initiative, your religious rights are even legislating out the tolerance. I hope that works for you and your god in the afterlife.

    • Stella Liebeck

      When was the last time you saw so many “Christians” lining up in public to feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, clothe the naked or visit the sick and imprisoned? After all, while Jesus never said a single word about gay anything, He did expressly ask His followers to do these things. Matthew 25:35-40 Instead, they ignore Jesus and go forth with smug self-satisfaction and feed themselves in His name.

      • JimPB

        stella – A sad but true commentary,

  • Mc

    Pious business sells product that causes heart disease, that kills even own staff.

  • nota gain

    this situation just exploded out of hand If one cannot have an opinion, either an officer or a worker, and voice it honestly what has happened in the USA?
    There was hardly any noise about M. Obama’s new jacket’s cost. That could have bought many chic-fil-a meals for many people.
    Just a thought but MO did look good in that jacket.

  • Garden City

    I want a Biblical marriage. I want a wife and dozens of concubines.

  • The Bible

    God gave us all these holes for a reason.

  • Elmer

    Countuy: 358 comments at 8 pm and 28 are from Drax. Working overtime tonight, eh?

    • jackson

      And by my count, 55 of them are from Steve!

  • Djjddjkksk

    Yay, I chose chicken of common-sense and compassion!

    • Djjddjkksk

      *over

  • http://gwbthird@gmail.com geebee

    The line was so long, not because there were a lot of people in it, but because the people in it were so large. Poor things. I suspect shuffling through that queue was more exercise than most of them get in a week.

  • Arlingtoner

    ‘Imagine how stupid you are going to look in 40 years’ http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021061711

  • Westover

    If gays get married, just make sure they have to go through the same issues for divorce, taxes, family day at work, and all the other issues of traditional couples.

    Either way, Chick-Fil-A makes a darn awesome sandwich, and I will not deny myself over such a silly arguement.

  • wut

    China doesn’t allow or support gay marriage. So are you going to stop buying products from China? Will we stop borrowing China’s money?
    Are we supposed to boycott all Muslim-owned businesses because of their view of gay marriage (and homosexuality, even).
    Could liberals be more intellectually dishonest? If you want to harm business owners’ who have differing viewpoints, then be consistent about it.

  • DarkHeart
  • Alicia

    Seriously, you all are WAY too liberal for my taste. I LOVE Chick Fil A AND always will. The company isn’t banning or even bashing gays. Who knew a Christian restaurant that is closed on Sundays wouldn’t support gay marriage. Odd right… Everyone is taking this wayyyy too far. Protest them all ya want, they’re still going to make more money than you! Don’t get mad at the owner for expressing his opinion.

    • SHLady

      The company contributes money to anti-gay causes, so, you’re wrong.

  • Georgia Sam

    Chick-fil-A pays its employees dirt & gives them no benefits to speak of, but you know they’re good Christians because they oppose same-sex marriage. This is what American Christianity has come to in the 21st Century.

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