Chick-fil-A becomes unlikely epicentre of U.S. gay marriage debate
Customers gather by the hundreds outside a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Fairfield, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. (AP / The Vacaville Reporter, Joel Rosenbaum)
Published Thursday, August 2, 2012 11:07AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, August 2, 2012 5:41PM EDT
If you’re a fried chicken lover in America, where you buy your fast food these days has become not just a personal taste decision; it’s a polarizing political decision.
The increasingly heated discussion of gay marriage rights in America has been dialled up a few notches in recent weeks, ever since Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy made it clear that his restaurant chain steadfastly supports the “biblical” definition of marriage, implying that it doesn't approve of same-sex marriage.
Gay rights groups have been incensed by his comments, insisting the chain is more than just anti-gay marriage; it’s anti-gay. GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation says the company supports organizations that have been designated "hate groups" and those that encourage so-called "ex-gay" therapy.
But the chicken chain has only dug in its heels further. On Wednesday, supporters of the chain held a “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," urged on by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and other U.S. conservative leaders.
Now, GLADD is planning a "National Same-Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A" on Friday.
Same-sex couples are encouraged to go to one of the chicken restaurant's locations and take a photo or video of themselves kissing.
"Let's show Chick-fil-A thanks for their support of Love, Equality, and the Real Definition of Marriage! Invite your friends!" GLADD said on its Facebook page.
GLAAD is also encouraging its supporters to eat at Chick-fil-A rival KFC instead, because its parent company, Yum! Brands, Inc., has voiced its support for pro-equality.
Meanwhile, the satirists at Funny Or Die have released a new video poking fun at the whole, greasy mess, with actor John Goodman portraying KFC founder Colonel Sanders as more than just a little gay-friendly.
"When it comes to the subjugation of marriage rights, I reckon I'm a bit more progressive than my pals down at Chick-fil-A," Goodman says in the video.
"Yup, let it be known that Colonel Sanders loves the gays. Hell, I might even be gay."
Never mind that in real life, the colonel was a conservative evangelical who frequently appeared on Pat Robertson's "700 Club." In this parody, the Colonel doesn’t give a hoot about the gay marriage issue one way or the other. Because to him, all customers are just “money-mouths, walking around talkin’ and eatin’.”