A lot of fanfare has been caused by gay rights activists across America over the opposition to same sex marriage by Dan Cathy, president of the family-owned fast-food restaurants, Chick-fil-A.
Chick-fil-A is best known for chicken sandwiches and cross-cut fries.
This is not a new issue for the popular fast-food chain since last year protesters also accused Chick-fil-A for allegedly supporting an anti-gay agenda with donations. In fact a report by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgenderl (LGBT) advocacy group Equality Matters concluded that Chick-fil-A donated more than $3 million between 2003 and 2009 to Christian groups that oppose homosexuality. In 2010 alone, the company gave nearly $2 million to such causes, according to the report.
This time, however, the issue has been reignited after Cathy declared Chick-fil-A is “very much supportive of the family,” meaning the family that comes from a man-woman marriage.
Cathy calls said marriage as “the biblical definition of the family unit.” And that doesn’t include Adam and Steve, suggests Cathy, whose father S. Truett Cathy founded the Atlanta-based company.
“Guilty as charged,” Cathy said in an interview, admitting and confirming what critics say his company’s actions have been all these years.
Some 15,000 people are understood to have taken part in the coast-to-coast demonstration.
“We want to show the country and the Chick-fil-A company that our love is just as valid, just as real and just as good as heterosexual love,” organizer Carly McGehee said in Dallas, Texas.
“We deserve the right to be protected under the law, to raise our families and love who we want to love regardless of gender.”
But all this fanfare of boycotting the chain, brandishing “Cluck Off” signs, making noise with their vuvuzelas urging the people to eat elsewhere went pfft.
Not even same-sex couples staging ‘kiss-ins’ outside the fried-chicken firm’s outlets, after using social media to publicize the event, made much of an impact to patrons as they continued coming in throngs, lining up and causing traffic as a show of support that their favorite restaurant is not alone.
What this means is that you just can’t easily put down a good restaurant whose owners are simply following their religious convictions.
Again it boils down to the word ‘marriage.’ It is not about trampling the rights of other people with different sex orientation, as much as it is expressing ones freedom of religion and belief.
The word ‘marriage’ has been traditionally identified with the union of man and woman. Are we now bereft of words to describe the union of the same sex?
Why direct your ire on a food chain owned by a Christian family whose faith, belief and values are deeply rooted in the teachings of the Bible, while yours are not?