HOUSTON – Same-sex couples and supporters of marriage equality planned Friday to gather at Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country to protest the food-chain president’s support of traditional marriage.
Gay-rights groups encouraged same-sex couples to go to the restaurants and kiss to protest Dan Cathy’s beliefs.
On Wednesday, supporters showed up by the hundreds to eat at Chick-fil-A locations around the country, including Houston. They labeled the event “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”
“This is supposed to be the land of the free, but yet, if you don’t agree with some people, you’re wrong,” said one supporter.
“It would really be nice if Chick-fil-A would just get in the business of making great chicken, and stay out of the business of inequality,” said a protester.
The company said in a statement the turnout made for an “unprecedented day,” although they didn’t release exact sales numbers.
“The Chick-fil-A culture and 66-year-old service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect - regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender,” the statement read.
Chick-fil-A President and COO Dan Cathy first stirred the controversy when he made remarks about marriage last month on a radio show.
“I think we’re inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage. And I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude that thinks we have the audacity to redefine what marriage is all about,” Cathy said on “The Ken Coleman Show.”
In a later interview with The Baptist Press, Cathy said his company was “guilty as charged” for backing “the biblical definition of a family.”
Meanwhile in Georgia, a same-sex couple has asked Cathy to have dinner with them so they can discuss same-sex marriage.