Yesterday, the Chick-fil-A locations in the Pensacola area were swamped, clogging the streets with chicken-loving locals supporting or protesting the remarks by chief executive Dan Cathy that he and his company were against gay marriage:
“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.”–Dan Cathy
Cathy was within his rights to make this statement. The public can agree or disagree—which is also their right—and that is what triggered yesterday’s spectacle. Conservative Christian groups, talk show hosts and churches wanted August 1 to be the day that they showed their support for Cathy’s statement. I think they accomplished that yesterday, although there were protesters at the locations, too.
Gay marriage supporters have a protest planned for Friday –“National Same-Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A.” As part of the event, couples are encouraged to go one of the chicken restaurant’s locations and take a photo or video of themselves kissing.
Surely, there will another counter-protest from the religious groups.