Happy Chick-fil-A Day, Opponents of Same-Sex Marriage!

August 1, 2012 6:45 PM EDT | By Anthony Smith
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Chick-fil-a comes under fire for anti-gay remarks. (Photo: Creative Commons)

It's been a long two weeks for Chick-fil-A founder, secret billionaire, and openly gay-hating Dan Cathy, who came out of his conservatively appointed closet around two weeks ago with a comment that he was "guilty as charged" when it came to being a supporter of traditional, biblical marriage-- and that anything less was tantamount to inviting God's judgment.

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Today, supporters of Dan Cathy and his #hatechicken, as the mayor of Washington D.C. terms their dirty birds, took to their local Chick-fil-A branches rallied by calls from former politicians Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee to show the President of their company some love. They're calling today National Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. If that frightens you, just remember that supporters of same-sex marriage get a whole month, and probably the future, too.

But unfortunately for those of us living in the present, the rallying cries of conservative politicians worked, and throngs of Americans hungry for unhealthy fried chicken, inequality, or some ungodly combination of both jam-packed Chick-fil-A branches across the nation. Reports coming in contend that business was so good at some of the fast food chain's 1,600 some locations that lines stretched on past the parking lots, for hours and hours, and some managers even reported record high sales.

"I don't believe in same-sex marriage. It's wrong," said fifty-three year old Patricia Shelton, who visited a Chick-fil-A in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where voters approved a ban on gay marriage just days before President Barack Obama came out in support of it. "We've got to take a stand," Shelton continued.

But one Chick-fil-A's aren't caving to the national moment, and is finding a way to rise above the rabble. That honor goes to New Hampshire's only Chick-fil-A franchise, which has responded to all this turmoil by registering as a sponsor for the state's gay pride festival, which will be celebrated on August 11th.

According to the manager, Anthony Picolia, his branch "has gay employees and serves gay customers with honor, dignity, and respect... I would challenge people to come have a conversation with me before they make assumptions or boycott my restaurant."

We wish that there were more motivated, righteous entrepreneurs like Picolia, but unfortunately, when the statement is coming from on high, it looks like you're already spoken for.



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