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Gay Marriage Supporters Holding ‘Kiss-ins’ at Chick-fil-A Restaurants

Friday, 03 Aug 2012 08:49 AM

By Patrick Hobin

Gay marriage supporters are staging “kiss-ins” at Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country to counter Wednesday’s outpouring of traditional marriage supporters who ate at the restaurant for Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, ABC News reported.

"Basically what you're going to get is a bunch of pretty normal, average, everyday people that just happen to be gay or lesbian give each other a kiss or a hug, hold each other's hand, and really show them that we stand up for what we believe," Marci Alt told ABC News. Alt is organizing a protest outside the Chick-fil-A in Decatur, Ga., about 20 miles from the company's Atlanta headquarters.

Chick-fil-A, known for its chicken sandwiches and waffle fries and for being closed on Sundays, came under fire after its president, Dan Cathy, told the Baptist Press that the family-owned company, which puts faith ahead of profits by closing on Sundays, was “guilty as charged” for backing the “biblical definition of a family.”

On Wednesday, Chick-fil-A posted “record-setting” sales as customers flocked to restaurants nationwide in support of its stance against same-sex marriage. Many who chose to eat sandwiches at the restaurant told ABC News they did so to support Cathy's First Amendment rights to express his opinion on marriage.

“While we don't release exact sales numbers, we can confirm reports that it was a record-setting day,” Steve Robinson, Chick-fil-A’s executive vice president of marketing, said in a statement reported on Thursday by ABC News.

Some activists planning to turn out for the “kiss-in” are standing up against Chick-fil-A and the non-profit foundation WinShape it supports for donating millions to anti-gay groups such as the Marriage & Family Foundation, the Family Research Council, and the National Institute of Marriage, all of which support a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, ABC News reported.

"Yes, you're allowed to have your opinion, but when you start signing checks over to people who are against my community and trying to rip my family apart, I'm going to stand up," Alt told ABC News.



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