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Gay kissing takes on fast food chicken in the USA

The eyes of America’s pro- and anti-gay marriage lobbies will be firmly focussed on a chain of fast food restaurants on Friday at the end of a week of hot debate over family values and freedom of expression.
 
Gay rights groups have called for their supporters to gather outside Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide and take part in a ‘Same Sex Kiss In’. This comes two days after prominent conservatives and Christians led a ‘Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day‘ that saw huge queues of people waiting patiently to spend their money in the chain. 
 
It all started when the president of Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy, told Baptist media last month that his company supports the “biblical definition of the family unit.” He also called supporters of same-sex marriage “arrogant.”
  

The Georgia-based company was created by Cathy’s father and claims to adhere to Christian values; it is closed on Sundays to allow its staff and customers to attend church.

When gay rights groups quickly denounced Cathy’s comments, right-wing commentators countered with the argument that Cathy was simply exercising his right to free speech and accused the LGBT community of wanting to undermine that constitutional right.

Leading right-wing personalities such as the conservative Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee urged people to turn out en masse at the chain’s restaurants to show their support for Cathy’s ‘Christian’ view of the family unit. Hundreds of thousands of people heeded Huckabee’s call and used the occasion as a rallying cry for ‘traditional’ Christian American values. One pastor in Tennessee told media:
 
“We’re asking freedom-loving, chicken-eating Christians to support Mr. Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A. We going to go in eat some good gospel bird.”
 

 
Gay and lesbian rights groups, backed by many other liberal-minded Americans, responded by turning to social networks to promote the ‘Same Sex Kiss In’ outside Chick-fil-A restaurants.
 
Meanwhile Chick-fil-A, whose $4 billion annual turnover will not have been harmed by the publicity, has backed out of the row:, saying it will “leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”


USA: National same-sex Kiss Day

Gay rights groups in the United States have declared Friday August 3 as ‘National Same-Sex Kiss Day’ and have called for members and supporters of the gay community to participate in front of Chick-fil-A restaurants.

Storified by euronews · Fri, Aug 03 2012 06:48:59

Some have already started
Sent in from Jason in Florida! What a great couple! Here's to love!National Same Sex Kiss Day
Chick-fil-a you dummies. You're throwing out the baby with the bath water #lgbt #freethought http://pic.twitter.com/09m322lJKevin Melenius
be smart my friends. don't forget to take your iphones/phones. our kissing will prove our point that this was not about free speech. it was about being anti gay. it's time to expose the Christian Right for the liars that they are. Hiding behind free speech. Shameful!Joe Robinson
BIG thanks to Meighan L. for sending this in! She writes, "I will be gone of the day of [the event] due to military training, but my wife and I really wanted to celebrate love and equality with everyone!!! Eat your heart out, Chick-fil-A!"National Same Sex Kiss Day
Photoshop helps when there's no a Chick-fil-A restaurant nearby. Here, Priscilla, Queen of the Dessert   
Frank Dunn
Gay kissing takes on fast food chicken in the USAThe eyes of America's pro- and anti-gay marriage lobbies will be firmly focussed on a chain of fast food restaurants on Friday at the end...

Chick-fil-Ais a chain of fast-food restaurants whose president recently caused a stormwhen he said his company defends Christian values including the “biblicaldefinition of the family unit.” He also called supporters of same-sexmarriage “arrogant.” Gay rightsactivists reacted angrily, but conservatives in the United States say thepresident of Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy, should be able to voice his opinions andhas a constitutional right to freedom of expression.

Our mission is to create raving fans; we plan to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the political arena. http://cot.ag/NZFBFIChick-fil-A, Inc.
Leslie Stewart
Earlier this week, prominent conservatives and Christians led a ‘Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day‘ that saw huge queues of people waiting patiently to spend their money in the chain.  
US fast food chain defiant in gay marriage rowSupporters of a fast food chain boss who angered gay marriage advocates by backing "the biblical definition of the family" flocked to its...
I favorited a @YouTube video http://youtu.be/3uVJEMY_qdg?a Chick-fil-A Supporters Hold Appreciation DayYosok Pun

This latestnational row between conservatives and liberals comes just as this year’s USpresidential election campaign is set to kick into gear, making the nationaldebate on issues such as gay marriage increasingly heated.


 

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