Opinion: Chick-fil-A controversy leaves a bitter taste for some longtime fans
January 31st, 2013
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Chefs with Issues is a platform for chefs and farmers we love, fired up for causes about which they're passionate. Virginia Willis, a graduate of L'Academie de Cuisine and Ecole de Cuisine LaVarenne, is the author of "Bon Appétit, Y’all" and "Basic to Brilliant, Y'all."

As a chef and food writer, I rarely eat fast food. The quality is generally atrocious and much of it is radically unhealthy. The menu offerings are the polar opposite of local and seasonal. There are dire implications concerning worker’s rights and wages, as well as animal welfare and factory farms.

It doesn’t matter where you are in the country, every interstate exit is identical with the same usual suspects offering the same sad sacks of chemically laced, artificially flavored fare, all swimming in high-fructose corn syrup. Cheap, fast food is at the core of what is wrong with our food system.

Yet, there’s one thing that trumps my French-training and chef sensibilities; I love Chick-fil-A.

As a native Georgian, it’s been a part of my life my entire life. Chick-fil-A is a Southern institution. It’s the only place in America where you can ask for a “half and half” and receive a perfect blend of sweet and unsweetened tea, not a dairy product. In truth, the quality of Chick-fil-A food is superior to many fast food establishments. The salads, slaws, tea and lemonade are made daily from scratch in the restaurants, not at a commissary kitchen seven states away.

My favorite sandwich is the classic fried chicken sandwich on the buttered bun. The steam from the slightly sweet, golden brown chicken condenses inside the foil-lined package and wilts the bread, just enough. I prefer plain, no lettuce, no tomato, just mayonnaise, and the perfect pop of sour pickle.

I’ve always known that founder Truett Cathy was a religiously conservative Christian. I applaud the fact that he’s closed on Sundays and strong in his faith. The outlets are part of the local community, supporting the schools and sports teams. I admire the work of Chick-fil-A’s WinShape Foundation in regards to foster homes, scholarships and education, food donations for disaster relief, first responders and the military. Service, volunteering and giving back are at the heart of Chick-fil-A, qualities I aspire to, advocate and admire.

I, too, am a Christian. I am also a lesbian. And while many religious conservatives think I am going to burn in hell and my existence is a crime against nature, I refuse to believe that God doesn’t love me because I am gay. I refuse to believe that God made a mistake.

I refuse to believe that something is wrong with me and I need “conversion therapy.” I refuse to call those anti-same sex marriage groups "pro-family" because that doesn’t include my very real family, my love and my commitment to my partner. I also absolutely refuse to believe that if I choose to marry another woman that I am somehow harming the institution of marriage.

Controversy erupted last summer with Chick-fil-A president and chief operating officer Dan Cathy's remarks about being against gay marriage, “guilty as charged.” It led to Mike Huckabee’s crusade, Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day and the subsequent boycott of Chick-fil-A by gay, lesbian and like-minded individuals, myself included.

The Chick-fil-A website states that the corporate giving has been “mischaracterized.” Well, there’s nothing “mischaracterizing” about their – now former – funding of the ultra-conservative groups such as Family Research Council, Eagle Forum and Exodus International, all aggressively anti-homosexual.

Just this week, gay rights organization Campus Pride issued a statement claiming that Chick-fil-A gave the organization's executive director, Shane Windmeyer, access to recent Chick-fil-A tax documents. After reviewing the company's 2011 and 2012 financials – which have not been released publicly – Windmeyer said Chick-fil-A no longer gives funds to “the most divisive anti-LGBT groups.”

For a long time, I cast a blind eye towards Chick-fil-A's corporate giving and, through my patronage, contributed to the very religious conservative groups that abhor my existence. Ah, the power of a chicken sandwich. But, when it all came to a head last summer, I could no longer ignore it. I quit supporting Chick-fil-A and said farewell to my favorite beverage, the perfect thirst-quenching combination of a half-and-half tea.

The truth is that Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day was not about freedom of speech. It was simply a thinly veiled protest against homosexuals, period. Those swarms of conservatives weren’t lining up around the block getting waffle fries and chicken sandwiches to protest such lofty ideals as upholding the constitution and protecting the First Amendment. I believe they were showing that they are united against same-sex marriage and against gays, in general.

So, earlier this week I drew a shallow breath of relief when the news surfaced that Chick-fil-A wasn’t as aggressively homophobic and had quit funding the groups. The company website states, “Our intent is not to support political or social agendas.”

The recent news may have influenced me subconsciously stopping and picking up a half-and-half tea just this very morning, the first I’ve had since summer. I enjoyed it thoroughly, but going forward, I’m honestly not certain what I will do - if I will continue my renewed patronage of Chick-fil-A or not. Truthfully, I now have a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth and sadly, my once perfect half-and half tea just doesn’t taste as sweet.

Previously - Opinion: Why I’m celebrating Chick-fil-Gay Appreciation Day and Fast food with a side of faith and Chicken and politics

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  1. Paul

    This cracks me up. You were always welcome to come and dine. Doesn't change the fact that the founder find homosexuality wrong. That is his right. Should heterosexuals boycott gay owned business because you give to organization that "aggressively promote homosexuality"? How stupid would that be? Give it a rest minority....

    February 2, 2013 at 10:01 am |
    • don

      i am in that "minority" of which you refer to. I also agree 100%. if you spend money there you are buying the product you want to consume. I personally like the milkshakes. If I owned a business and provided a portion of my income to marriage equality it should play now part on whether you liked and enjoyed my product , prices and customer service.

      i know that discrimination in many forms goes much deeper than the simplicity of the above statement, but for now if i want a CFA milkshake i will get me one.

      February 2, 2013 at 11:12 am |
  2. edannen1

    The bible is just a book . Chick-fil-A is just another cheap fast food restaurant . who cares let them choke there chicken and thump there bible .

    February 2, 2013 at 9:59 am |
  3. Deez

    Nope. Never eating there again. And I'm straight.

    February 2, 2013 at 9:51 am |
    • honestraccoon

      Who really cares, its one freaking old guy with an opinion, should never have been news. Bunch of freaking whiney babies.

      February 2, 2013 at 10:24 am |
  4. BOb the Prairie Dog

    Chik-Fil-A is just the southern version of White Castle. You remember it from your childhood and still eat it with enthusiasm, but trust me, if you tasted it for the first time as an adult you'd say "just another fried chicken sandwich". Nothing special about it, except for the memories.

    February 2, 2013 at 9:45 am |
    • Chris

      Actually, Krystal is White Castle of the south.

      February 2, 2013 at 9:53 am |
    • peridot2

      Bob, you may be unable to taste the difference between fresh made and frozen, but my family can. Although we've boycotted Chick-Fil-A since they came out on the side of hate groups and we've missed them, we support LGBT because we have gay family members. Being gay is no more a choice than being heterosexual is a choice. That's how they (and we) are born. It's related to birth order.

      February 2, 2013 at 10:01 am |
  5. d. Hinson

    It's their right to give to any group they want to, and mine to never eat there again in protest of their intolerance of gay people's civil rights. As with all politicians who take the stand that they're taking, they'll never get my support. Gay people have suffered the intolerance of society and businesses like this long enough–and so many wonder why they take to the streets, internet, etc., in support of their rights. If all these naysayers rights were being withheld, they'd be humming a different tune...so many people never, ever think of how it would feel in an oppressed groups shoes. They're all to busy clutching their bibles and declaring themselves God. Appalling!!

    February 2, 2013 at 9:45 am |
  6. Tanner

    Should I stop using Google Search because they support gay marriage?

    February 2, 2013 at 9:45 am |
    • John S

      You can if you want to.

      February 2, 2013 at 9:59 am |
    • peridot2

      If you are that small-minded and intolerant, go right ahead and give up Google. Those of us who are open minded and Liberal will laugh and point as you stumble along with poor tools on the internet. Enjoy.

      February 2, 2013 at 10:04 am |
    • Jay

      Yes, in fact: Please avoid all of these locations too. As I boycott those companies who oppose gender equality on behalf of the many LGBT friends I have & because I feel it's the right thing to do, you should boycott those companies who support equality, that way you don't run the risk of catching the gay... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_supporters_of_same-sex_marriage_in_the_United_States#Organizations

      February 2, 2013 at 10:30 am |
  7. Cain

    Stop listening to the world. If you are a Christian, then that means you love GOD. And if you love GOD, you will follow His commandants (as per the Lord Jesus Christ) which includes not engaging in homosexuality. You have to decide whether you will follow Christ or not which means putting HIS will before your own and your will is to practice homosexuality. He does love you, but He does not tolerate blatant sin. If you do not feel guilt about your sin, I doubt that you are saved. Get into the WORD, you don't want to fall for the lies of the world, for you shall regret it in the end. Please study I Cor. 6-9. GOD bless you and I pray that the Lord will open your heart, take the scales from your eyes, and plugs for your ears. Time is short. Please ask GOD to show you what the TRUTH is.

    February 2, 2013 at 9:44 am |
    • peridot2

      Jesus said not a single word against homosexuality. All He did say was to throw out the Old Testament (the Torah) where the strictures of living including the laws against eating pork and wearing clothing of mixed fabric, using birth control and working on the Sabbath were written down in Leviticus. This includes the implied criticism against homosexuality.

      Christianity comes from the New Testament. You should read it some time and learn about what Christians should do. Matthew 7:5 is what Jesus tells us to do about life. Those are His Words.

      February 2, 2013 at 10:10 am |
      • Cameron

        Jesus didn't say throw out the Old testament (The Torah) because if you actually read it Jesus says "I came not to do away with the law but to fulfill it". If you're going to make an argument against Christianity at least make a valid one that can't be shot down so easily.

        February 2, 2013 at 10:58 am |
        • peridot2

          Do you eat pork? Do you wear blended fabrics? Do you have contact with menstruating women? Those acts are all forbidden in Leviticus. If you're going to be a Christian then go all the way: fulfill all of God's laws in the Old Testament as well as the New Testament. Cherry-picking the Torah for hate crimes against a group of people is not what Jesus would do if He were here today.

          Cameron, I'm a Christian.

          February 2, 2013 at 12:28 pm |
        • Gordon

          Cameron, if you truly follow the literal interpretations of biblical texts, quite frankly you shouldn't even be alive right now to make thse incoherent rantings. How did that Genesis 38 passage go again? Something about a poor guy being terminated by God for wasting his seed? Go ahead, show me a man who can claim that he has never masterbated, 'pulled out', or woke up from a wet dream and I will show you a habitual liar.

          February 2, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
    • Observer

      The TRUTH is that if you follow the Bible you will be supporting slavery and will discriminate against women and the handicapped.

      It's all pick and choose for hypocrites. Pick the Golden Rule next time.

      Read the Bible sometime.

      February 2, 2013 at 10:20 am |
  8. Rob

    The Bible is amazingly clear.. being gay is antithetical to being a Christian and you'll probably burn in Hell over eternity for it.

    I'm both an atheist and straight, so I'm not emotionally invested in either side. And it's clear to me that the only way a gay person can justify being Christian is via accepting they will burn in Hell or just a lot of cognitive dissonance.

    February 2, 2013 at 9:42 am |
    • peridot2

      No, Rob. Christians ignore Matthew 7:5 AT THEIR PERIL.

      February 2, 2013 at 10:12 am |
  9. D Rufus Onfyre

    I have avoided Chick-Fil-A for many years as a result of their financial support of groups that encourage intolerance. It is great that they have changed their spending since all of the protests, but I don't plan on going back quite yet. I can wait a few years and see if they can keep moving in a more tolerant direction.

    February 2, 2013 at 9:27 am |
  10. carl weathers

    I love this moronic black and white litmus everyone is partaking in. If you cant handle an opinion on gay marriage that doesnt sync with yours, by all means shield yourself like a scared child. In fact lets put everything from cable news to comedy to ...chicken restraunts through a filter that we can only agree 100% on. Lets just see how all CEOs vote and feel on every issue so we can nonstop be some self important little "activist". Sad and stupid. You guys are as narrow and blind as the NRA where any gun law is against ALL guns. Except in this case its a fried chicken sandwich...

    February 2, 2013 at 9:18 am |
    • Larissa G.

      It's not just an issue of differing opinions. If Chick-fil-A had a history of just being a faith based group, great, I'd happily support it and its involvement locally. But the organizations those donations from Chick-fil-A went too actively support laws making homosexuality a crime in other countries. Exodus International has succeeded in this mission in many places, including Uganda. So again – differing opinions is one thing, but some of us don't want our money going to a company that then donates some of its money, funded by its customers, to an organization that has made being born a certain way punishable by jail time and death. That's called supporting a violation of human rights – NOT a difference in opinions.

      February 2, 2013 at 9:42 am |
    • Jeffrey L. Utter

      Some things are worth being "narrow" about. Some things ARE black and white. Years ago, people argued against mixed marriages. People supported Jim Crow. Too many went along silently. Just sayin' . . . .

      February 2, 2013 at 9:56 am |
      • John S

        Years ago the Republican Party was getting dominated by the John Birch society founded by the Koch Bros father Sr Kotch. They were so destructive that William Buckley ( a big player in the party at the time) booted them from party association.

        Today the nut bag John Bircher's are back in action only under the ospisos of the Tea Party. Ever notice just about everywhere there is a Bagger rally somewhere the John Birch Society is there.

        Why was it until just a few years ago most people had never heard of the Kotch Bros....boy we sure know them now.

        If you don't know anything about the dreaded John Birch Society I suggest you Google them. You then will find out why some causes are worth fighting against.

        February 2, 2013 at 10:14 am |
    • SciGuy73

      Litmus tests are red and blue, not black and white.

      February 2, 2013 at 11:08 am |
  11. Ben Joseph

    No. If you're gay you should not eat there.

    February 2, 2013 at 8:51 am |
    • nepawoods

      So the other 97% of the population can still eat there.

      February 2, 2013 at 9:11 am |
      • CMJ

        It would be 90%...statistically speaking...just so you have the facts

        February 2, 2013 at 9:29 am |
        • Radical

          10%? Think about it. Blacks are about 12.5% of the US population. If 10% of the US population was gay or lesbian, that would mean that in most places in American you would notice roughly the same number of gays and lesbians as blacks. Further, in many cities, gays and lesbians would make up a majority of the population since they have a tendency to migrate to certain areas like Portland, San Francisco, and Denver. Now does this make sense?

          February 2, 2013 at 10:22 am |
        • klingonj

          hee hee its funny that you think they have any use for facts

          February 2, 2013 at 9:34 pm |
      • John S

        Have at it you can have my share. A leopard dose not change his spots that fast.

        I don't trust them I can live w/o them.

        February 2, 2013 at 10:17 am |
        • John S

          (does)....sorry for the typo.

          February 2, 2013 at 10:20 am |
  12. Aristocles

    Basically, they are offended that someone disagrees with their stance. It isn't enough to tolerate same-sex "marriage" for them, oh no. Until we all love it as much as they do, they will continue to call any voice of dissent "bigotry". Not leaving any room for disagreement, now THAT'S intolerance.

    February 2, 2013 at 8:50 am |
  13. Gary

    If your gay seek help you need it!!!

    February 2, 2013 at 8:42 am |
    • hannah

      Bigoted much? Why do gays need help? It's the BIGOTS who need the help. Frankly, I don't know why anyone – gay or straight – would want to patronize a bible-thumping place like Chick-fil-A. I never eat fast food, but if I had to eat it, this would be the last place I'd go.

      February 2, 2013 at 8:53 am |
      • Gary

        I you think there is nothing wrong with being gay you must have some mental issues as well.

        February 2, 2013 at 10:17 am |
    • Rem1061

      If your STUPID suck start a Double Barrel, you need it.

      February 2, 2013 at 8:55 am |
      • hkirwin

        LOL....you should follow you own advise.

        February 2, 2013 at 10:35 am |
    • Doug

      Gary, might I suggest remedial English...

      If you're gay, get help. You need it.

      My thoughts are that you should learn something before you post.

      February 2, 2013 at 8:56 am |
      • Gary

        No need to correct its a simple statement and I think you get the point. But I am sorry to see your one of those.

        February 2, 2013 at 9:04 am |
        • CMJ

          Newsflash Gary, not everyone that supports gay issues is gay. Just like not everyone, like you, that posts is intelligent.

          February 2, 2013 at 9:31 am |
        • Maja


          February 2, 2013 at 9:34 am |
    • badabing

      Hey tough guy-Is Marcus Bachman gay?he doesn't seem to think so..are you?

      February 2, 2013 at 9:32 am |
    • peridot2

      If you claim to be a Christian, read Matthew 7:5. YOU NEED IT! Jesus said so!

      February 2, 2013 at 10:15 am |
    • John S

      If your a breeder bigot YOU need help.

      February 2, 2013 at 10:23 am |
  14. bobby frank

    I don't agree that this is good food. I will not eat there again no matter what the owners say now. They realized that it hurts to be called names now and it's just a better business decision to stay away from controversy. They are losing money from not only the gay community but also people that agree with the gay community. I generally don't return for another slap in the face once that happens!

    February 2, 2013 at 8:39 am |
    • Gary

      You can keep thinking they are losing money when in fact they are probably making more money now that gays arent eating there.

      February 2, 2013 at 8:48 am |
      • MikeD

        So in your previous post you've proven you don't understand grammar and now you show you don't understand basic finance. How does one like you get by in this world my friend?

        February 2, 2013 at 9:26 am |
        • Gary

          Boy oh boy, the stupid are really out today. This fast food joint has made more money since this whole thing started. What kind on math do you use.

          February 2, 2013 at 10:20 am |
    • taskmaster

      If "homosexuals" are so proud of who they are,why do they hide behind the word "gay"?

      February 2, 2013 at 9:00 am |
    • hkirwin

      I personally don't care if you ever eat there again. I think its a better place without you. At least the restrooms are safer. I hope They feel the same way.

      February 2, 2013 at 9:01 am |
    • carl weathers

      Their sales are better than ever. PC activists continue to be "reality challenged"

      February 2, 2013 at 9:19 am |
  15. dontbow

    Correct you cannot eat there because they don't want people who try to force their gay opinions on others. If you want it your way because your greedy then go to Burger King.

    February 2, 2013 at 8:35 am |
  16. More Thoughts

    The military's problem with self-inflicted deaths could probably benefit greatly by paying close heed to the bromine, fluoride, and chloride chemicals in their members' diets – and recommend and provide more foods and beverages that replenish the body's natural need for iodine – instead of the bromine, fluoride, and chloride that might currently be replacing iodine. This will help to relieve mental illnesses.

    Have them exercise and sweat more as a built in reflex to suicidal thoughts – and train them to eat sea salt and sea foods rich in iodine – and not contaminated with other heavy metals and toxic chemicals.

    Make this is a war against the poisoning of the USA population by the USA population – as we are ultimately in control of this. Do it NOW – for everyone.

    Do NOT allow fluoride, bromide, or chloride intensive ingestion as is seen prevalent in USA civilians even though it is a detriment to the wellbeing of societies.

    February 2, 2013 at 8:23 am |
    • jeffegator

      Thats alot of emotion for chicken sandwich.

      February 2, 2013 at 8:30 am |
      • more thoughts

        True – but cfa does feed society – and the military. Diet drinks and bread and other products contain bromide and other chemicals – which are NOT good for anyone – and can cause mental illness – and emotional disturbances ...

        Chick Fil A doesn't serve fish – but it does use salt and oils – which need to add iodine to diet – and STOP serving diet drinks to show they truly care about others.

        They do close for Sundays – which is good for stress – so they do have ethics – so am sure they will be interested to note these thoughts and perhaps take positive actions in their support for a healthier America.

        February 2, 2013 at 9:02 am |
  17. Jmgest@optonline.net

    I had chik fil a for the first time about 6 months ago. It was horrible. Why would you want processed chicken on a bun? I seriously do not see what the love is for!

    February 2, 2013 at 8:20 am |
    • hkirwin

      I don't know how you can put a raw hotdog without the bun in your mouth either. One thing we agree on, to each their own.

      February 2, 2013 at 9:05 am |
  18. Mike

    Who cares if you are gay! Just get a grip...less emotion is better for everyone. Thanks for being considerate.

    February 2, 2013 at 8:17 am |
  19. Mac

    I believe in God, I believe Jesus is the Son of God that was born of Mary and I believe the bible. God loved the world so much that he gave His only Son to die for us. Now with that being said "do I hate homosexuals?" My answer is "No". Jesus sat down with sinners every day, if he didn't how could he reach them. Now the bible is very clear about marriage, it was "Adam and Eve" not Adam and Steve. Now God leaves us with choices and I'm going with what the bible says. If you wish to label me a hater, bigot or what ever name you wish to throw my way, wll so be. I will go with the Lord's opinion and if I got it wrong I will pay for it in the end. Also if you got it wrong you my well pay for it in the end. I will leave it to God.

    February 2, 2013 at 8:00 am |
    • edannen1

      The bible is just another book . Just like so many others books that drive religions all around the world . Our bible thumping belt of bigoted non thinking herd of sheep do not think for themselves. It amazes me how fast they change there mind when they are forced to make a decision based on there own family .

      February 2, 2013 at 9:55 am |
  20. Bigot

    I cast a blind eye. . . I drew a shallow breath. . .

    You do sound more like a rug muncher than a chicken eater!

    February 2, 2013 at 7:58 am |
  21. God

    "You shall not lie with a male as with a woman, it is an abomination".

    February 2, 2013 at 7:51 am |
    • Dear God

      It was not worded that way in the original text...and the ancient text had no word for homosexuality. They lumped all "perversions" together...so it was pretty hard to tell which one they were talking about in certain passages.

      God, if you wanted to be clearer you should have been. If you still have an issue just tell us now...this 2500 year old magic show is getting old with the smarter of the breed.

      February 2, 2013 at 8:20 am |
  22. mvfriar

    For the same reason, since I'm male, I am refusing to buy cookies from the Girl Scouts because they do not allow boys to join their organization. Such blatant discrimination should not be rewarded!

    February 2, 2013 at 7:40 am |
  23. lex

    What I find funny is that, people only list the Old Testament for the whole same sex thing, and like to say that Jesus Christ condemns this, yet, I haven't found a single line in the New Testament where Jesus addresses this issue. Also, out of everything the Old Testament says we should do, the only thing that everyone always fights about is same sex. I mean come on, The Old Testament basically gives us the right to go kill someone for not believing in the same thing we do.

    February 2, 2013 at 7:21 am |
  24. bolwshfi

    how do it feel to be a thinkin God thinks gay is ok? who hit ya on da hed wid a led pipe? all ye Satan's chillun. chill now, cause yall will burn where youren goin.

    February 2, 2013 at 6:41 am |
    • Mike

      Do you know how you sound? I'm not sure christ would say it that way. Jesus forgives all if they turn and accept him as there savior. Instead of condemning Gay people you should try to spread the love of Christ. He loves everyone and we all have fallen short in his eyes.

      February 2, 2013 at 6:48 am |
      • BG

        Hey, bible thumper, would Jesus wear a Rolex on his television show?

        February 2, 2013 at 6:59 am |
      • lilyq


        February 2, 2013 at 7:31 am |
    • Softship

      Is god omnipotent?
      If he is, he must be OK with gay people, otherwise he wouldn't have created them.
      If he is not, then he is meaningless.

      February 2, 2013 at 8:08 am |
    • dapakap

      You're angry because of repressed homosexuality, but as I said in an earlier post, God still loves you. Free yourself, come out of the closet and be a shining example of sexual freedom for all of us straight people! You can turn things around right now and suddenly have purpose to your meaningless life... Come on, bolwshfi, you can do it!

      February 2, 2013 at 8:12 am |
    • jeffegator

      You may be eating a gay chicken. Who cares, the deep fryer fixes all, now get off your soapboxes and get me my waffle fries.

      February 2, 2013 at 8:28 am |
  25. Carl in Florida

    If Gays are demanding that the definition of marriage be changed to fulfill their "civil rights" then I agree and believe we should change the definition of marriage. But lets not discriminate. Lets be all inclusive:

    Marriage should then include:
    Man and a Woman
    Woman and a Woman
    Man and a Man
    Man and multiple women
    Woman and multiple men
    Man and child
    Woman and child
    Man and animal
    Woman and animal

    Where does it stop! Everything is not a "civil right". If we as a country are going to throw out the tradition definition of marriage then we MUST change it to include any and ALL possible combinations as to not violate anyone's civil rights.

    Tradition marriage was instituted to reinforce the natural procreation of the population. Laws were established to protected and reward married couples and to encourage having children (just look at our tax laws). Gay marriage does nothing to naturally procreate (almost anything is available through science). If science could create life through the joining of man and animal would this be acceptable?

    Gays don't discriminate! If we as a country decide to change the definition of marriage we MUST change it to be all inclusive and in making an all inclusive definition of marriage we no longer have marriage.

    Gays – live together, sleep together – I don't care, but your union is no marriage!

    February 2, 2013 at 6:26 am |
    • klingonj

      strawman arguement. just means you are an idiot

      February 2, 2013 at 9:45 pm |
  26. SixDegrees

    If you're gay, Don Cathy still hates you just as much as he did before. Also, eating at Chik-Fil-A now represents an endorsement of that hatred.

    Unless you're planning on filling a Chik-Fil-A with gays on a regular basis, in order to discomfit those who support Cathy, I don't see how your presence there accomplishes anything, and it most likely works against you.

    February 2, 2013 at 6:16 am |
    • yummm

      Why go to a place that judges you for who you are come down tot he hot dog shop and swallow one of our wieners. Choose your own toppings. We might not be burger king but you can always have it your way.

      February 2, 2013 at 6:23 am |
  27. Belseth

    I'm guessing after an initial spike in sales as all the bigots tried to show their support sales dropped off so their anti gay position got expensive. Right wing conservatives love one thing more than God, money!

    February 2, 2013 at 5:41 am |
  28. AnotherDude

    There is good that comes from sexual commitment between two gay people, such as the simple fact that STDs are less likely to spread, and the benefits of the commitment to see one another through good and bad times. I also believe that the growth of our population is a threat to our own existence, so being committed to homosexuality could bring overall benefit to the human race in the future. That being said, I also don’t believe homosexuality makes sense biologically. Regardless of your religious beliefs, or lack thereof, it has to be recognized that at its core sex is designed for reproduction. Whether the designer was God or the forces of adaptation, reproduction is undoubtedly the basis for sex. Gay sex conflicts with that design. For that reason, I hope my kids are not gay. People who are gay will never experience the continuance of their own flesh and blood as it was intended by the forces that created us, which to me is a sacred experience I want to promote. I don’t wish the life of a homosexual on anyone, not out of hate, but out of compassion for others. I do see some benefit in recognizing gay marriage, but I also feel that open armed social acceptance of homosexuality is somehow irresponsible in our effort to make society better for future generations. To me, compromise around the legality of gay marriage has to somehow acknowledge that it is NOT the same as heterosexual marriage. I think my views are valid and are not based on hatred, and that I cannot view someone as a bigot because they speak freely about their lack of support for gay marriage. Bigots hate people and are aggressive toward them for being honest in who they are and what they believe.

    February 2, 2013 at 5:37 am |
  29. Dokes

    True Christianity is not about what you do. It's about what you believe. It's as simple as John 3:16. If there are any Christians out there who believe they are sinless, they are liars according to Scripture. Address the beam in your own eye and you won't have time for worrying about the splinter in the eyes of others.

    February 2, 2013 at 5:13 am |
    • Mike

      I agree 100% with you however as christians we should not ignore the obvious. The bible clearly states homosexuality is not acceptable. So I think we are all loved by the lord and forgiven if we turn to him for help. Praise God

      February 2, 2013 at 6:44 am |
    • Lennyb0b

      Homosexual or heterosexual.....or even little green men...who CARES!!!! If you can be what you want, they can believe what they want to believe. Chick-fil-a STILL has gooooooood chicken.

      February 2, 2013 at 8:32 am |
  30. nleeklee

    not until roosters start f-- other roosters can you eat at chick fil a.

    February 2, 2013 at 4:28 am |
    • fOb

      So, I can go eat at CFA right now? Yes, there are examples of same-sex relations between roosters. Homosexuality is common in the animal kingdom.

      Still, I won't eat at CFA. Partially, because the product is overpriced and inconsistent. Partially, because all one has to do is marinate it in sour pickle juice, then dry it off, dip it in egg, roll it in seasoned flour, and fry it. It tastes better at home anyway.

      But, yes, homosexuality is common in the animal kingdom because "gay" couples adopt orphaned and abandoned and abused offspring of other couples. It has an important function in preserving the greatest number of offspring. Have a great day!

      February 2, 2013 at 5:25 am |
    • Biff

      entirely possible – see

      February 2, 2013 at 10:26 am |
  31. nleeklee

    i too am a christian? and i'm a lesbian? you're obviously a lesbian, but no christian. i'll tell you what you are. you are an idiot.

    February 2, 2013 at 4:26 am |
    • Jimmy

      Not sure who you are talking to, but my belifes as a Christian is that if you are Gay or straight that God loves you the same

      February 2, 2013 at 4:41 am |
      • badabing

        God has a very strange way of demonstrating his love.But try not to think too deeply on that subject.

        February 2, 2013 at 9:47 am |
    • Hugh Jass

      And you are a jerk. How dare you call her faith into question when you have none yourself.

      February 2, 2013 at 6:24 am |
      • bolwshfi

        shut up bonehead. you know nothing. you can't be a christian and be a lesbian, bonehead. what are you, a bonehead? if you think you can be a real christian and be a lesbian then you are stupider than the dead chickens being put in the chick fil a products.God said for christians to be holy. lesbians and gays will burn in hell, you idiot!

        February 2, 2013 at 6:31 am |
        • dapakap

          Bolwshfi: Why are you so angry? Obviously you have latent homosexual tendencies... but don't worry, God still loves you.

          February 2, 2013 at 8:05 am |
        • Softship

          You obviously are not a true Christian.
          A true Chritian would not be as offensive as you are.
          Can you imagine Christ speaking like you do?

          February 2, 2013 at 8:11 am |
        • Dennis

          You are flat out wrong, as a Catholic, you clearly know nothing of Christianity. If you are getting your 'christianity' from a klan meeting, trust me, its not chistianity.

          February 2, 2013 at 8:20 am |
    • Dennis

      Im a Catholic, and you are a fool who knows nothing of your religion. Not even the RCC holds the position you do. For all those ignorant of the RCC, the Church has stated that people are born gay and can be gay. They can be happy and be in a relationship with their partner. What they cannot do, and be a good catholic, is have an intimate relationship. This is less asked of Priests who may not even have a loving relationship. If you dont believe me and are going to send some hate filled response thats fine, but take a look in the mirror if you want to see true ignorance and intolerance. RCC doctrine is public and available.

      February 2, 2013 at 8:16 am |
  32. disqus_zqjgx9jvid

    Gays are only 3.8% of the population. Why is the 96% letting the minority "bully". I don't believe homosexuality is a good practice, or smoking, excessive drinking, gambling addiction, drug addiction etc. I'm anti all these behaviors as being considered NORMAL because they are not normal is what the majority does

    February 2, 2013 at 4:24 am |
  33. Robyn

    I was a very reliable customer for Chick-fil-a, having lunch from there probably three or four time per month for many years. But their position of supporting and promoting hate groups finally got to be too much for me to ignore. I have not purchased anything from them since early this past summer. Do I miss it? Yes. But it is healthier for me and healthier for the world.

    February 2, 2013 at 4:14 am |
    • bolwshfi

      oh go stick your head in an oven. i bet no one would eat you either.

      February 2, 2013 at 4:36 am |
    • Hugh Jass

      Good for you. I will not eat there at all. Hater is just that.

      February 2, 2013 at 6:25 am |
      • bolwshfi

        to quote a great american, "everyone is stupid except me." (J. Simpson) a lot of idiots on this thread ma. well, you best be loaded for bear, causen less you start nailin them peckers one of em is sure to nail you in the a–.

        February 2, 2013 at 6:37 am |
    • Tyler

      The LGBT group is a hate group against straight people.

      February 2, 2013 at 6:55 am |
      • bolwshfi

        Yep, they sure are. In fact, they are much more filled with hate than those who thinks homosexuality is wrong. It's all energy from Satan, but he gives his energy to whoever is on his side. Make no mistake about it, the gays are the violent ones and the haters, you are right. I am glad to see that there is another person who is sane here. Not that the gays will hear us. Their ears are stopped up with s-.

        February 2, 2013 at 7:10 am |
        • badabing

          ..and you sir,are deluded,and a perfect example of the narrow-minded hate which is inherent within people of religion.But just go with it !

          February 2, 2013 at 10:18 am |
      • Softship

        What an ignorant statement!

        February 2, 2013 at 8:12 am |
  34. Jimmy

    You people are a bunch of whiny babies, BooHoo that somebody doesn't believe in gay marriage... Get over it!!! If you don't want to eat there then don't, we don't care. You are not going to prove anything to us at all. Just because somebody doesn't believe in gay marriage does not make it discrimination. I'm tired of gay's saying that they don't have rights... well last I checked there were states that allow gay marriage, go there and get married then. If I owned a place and said that I don't believe in gay marriage but I still was friendly to you and treated you with the uptmost respect and the food was good then why would you stop eating their for? Thats like me going to a place owned by someone that was gay and saying that I won't eat there anymore because of that... Makes no sense does it now!!!

    February 2, 2013 at 3:47 am |
    • Mr Gaines

      Jimmy, you're missing the point. If gay people want to get married, sure, they can go to a different state to do so, but until it is recognized federally, it's an empty gesture. What one state recognizes as a binding agreement, another state does not have to. That's why people are up in arms – a marriage in DC will not grant the couple equal rights in, say, Texas. Until gay marriage is recognized on the federal level, and is uniformly accepted in all 50 states, it's a moot point (unless said couple spends the rest of their lives in said state they were married in).

      And by the way, fighting for equal rights does not make someone a baby. We can cry foul until our faces turn blue, but until the day when there are full, equal rights, across the board, as recognized in all 50 states, we shall continue this fight, or be "babies" as you so eloquently put it.

      February 2, 2013 at 4:15 am |
      • Jimmy

        Mr. Gaines, What makes people "Whiny babies" is when someone doesn't believe in something but then others are saying that its wrong... You and I both know that everyone is not going to believe in the samething, so why have a hissie fit because they don't think the same way as a gay person does. If one doesn't want to eat there then so be it, but the CEO never said anything out of line. He just said the biblical definition of what marriage is.

        February 2, 2013 at 4:33 am |
        • fOb

          The CEOs snarkiness led people to wonder what else he was up to. He was funding hate groups who, quite literally, want gay people murdered and encourage murders of gay people in Africa and the Middle East. He knowingly funded these people.

          Would you eat at Pizza Hut if you found out that they were giving money to a group which provided support to those in the Middle East who murder Christians? No? That's why people are annoyed. And, after all, the young lady just wants to know if it is "okay" for her to go to CFA again. I won't, but it's up to her.

          February 2, 2013 at 5:28 am |
        • Sane Person

          You sing a different tune if they took Jimmy's money and gave it to Anti-Jimmy-Family INC, who was lobbying congress to make it illegal for people named Jimmy to get married, adopt kids, receive survivor benefits, get tax breaks, etc. Then I have a feeling you'd be all about whining.

          February 2, 2013 at 5:58 am |
    • Seyedibar

      It's not solely about Chic-Fil-A stance on gay marriage. It's that they spent their profits to fight against it, whihc directly opposes the personal philosophy of a great number of their customers. They also donated profits to a religious organization in Africa that was responsible for the executions of homosexuals.

      February 2, 2013 at 4:28 am |
    • Zach

      Oh, I get it! Separate but equal! That has always worked before!

      February 2, 2013 at 4:33 am |
  35. Klaark

    Eat wherever you want. I won't give money to bigots if I can help it, and Chick-fil-a is a company owned by bigots.

    February 2, 2013 at 3:37 am |
  36. Mace

    Gay people are so dramatic.

    February 2, 2013 at 3:32 am |
    • bolwshfi

      idiots, you mean. idiots.

      February 2, 2013 at 6:42 am |
    • sam stone

      really? ever see preachers?

      February 3, 2013 at 5:55 pm |
  37. Jimboy

    Just say No to homophobic chickens!

    February 2, 2013 at 3:22 am |
  38. GATORpride

    The comments are beyond stagnant here. Pseudo-intellectuals everywhere denouncing religion and chick-fil-A. It's definitely time to get off the internet..Maybe go out and get a spicy chicken sandwich.

    February 2, 2013 at 3:18 am |
  39. David B

    I never ate at a chik fil a in my entire life and most likely never will. There are so many other restaurants to choose from why should I? I am Gay and Proud of it. If someone does not like me that is fine too. This is there problem not mine. I would not give my money to a person who is so for discrimination anyways.

    February 2, 2013 at 2:32 am |
  40. Mke


    You already know what your answer should be. Chick-fil-a and its owner are rabidly homophobic. Supporting them with your hard-earned money, (not only, but) especially as a gay woman is disgusting. No matter how good their chicken is, it is not worth your self-respect or your betrayal of your core values. This decision to stop publicly supporting vehement anti-LGBT groups means nothing. Please, respect yourself and continue your boycott.


    February 2, 2013 at 2:00 am |
  41. jft

    Why would you waste time, money and taste buds on bland, greasy chicken on a slimy white bread roll, totally lacking in imagination? And the tea – for God's sake, make it at home. Add to that the likelihood that the "change" in attitude on the part of the owner of Chick-fil-a is probably due to a drop in business due to boycotts – why shoot yourself in the foot for the aforementioned crap food? It's junk, geared to the palate of a four year old. Find a good place, locally owned by decent, tolerant people and love their food and give them your business where you're welcome.

    February 2, 2013 at 1:30 am |
  42. Isreal

    Gay people need to get over themselves. Your not that cool and nobody really cares about what ou o in bed. So stop playing victim all the time.

    February 2, 2013 at 1:24 am |
    • be quiet

      You think each and every single gay person is like that? I'm gay, and I don't feel the need to go sharing it with everybody. Chick Fil A can say whatever they want. It really doesn't bother me at all. Just so you know, there are some of us who enjoy the quiet life.

      February 2, 2013 at 1:33 am |
    • Observer


      If nobody cared, this wouldn't be an issue, especially with the religious crowd. Get real.

      February 2, 2013 at 1:39 am |
      • puppypumper

        Actually the only people who care are the straight people who have to prove they're not anti gay and the religious idiots. Everyone else doesn't care... even us gays.

        February 2, 2013 at 2:15 am |
    • Sleet

      We'll shut up when we have equal rights.

      February 2, 2013 at 2:18 am |
    • Keith

      What a silly childish IGNORANT idiot you are, did you really mean that gay people should "get over themselves", I thought that was exactly what they do do, you know "get over themselves as opposed to someone else". Now what is this strange act you refer to "nobody really cares about what ou o in bed", "ou o in bed" this sounds intriguing can you tell us more?
      I am happily hetero sexual but I would much prefer the company of a gay person as opposed to a pompous bigoted HOMOPHOBE like you.

      February 2, 2013 at 2:33 am |
    • lordnimrond

      Hey Isreal,...or should I say Douchey-the-clown? People who merely want the same rights as the rest of the people who are citizens in this country don't need to "get over themselves"... The organizations that Chik-fil-a donated to were AGAINST EQUAL RIGHTS FOR GAYS...

      What you said was the equivalent of saying hey women,...all that noise you made awhile back about wanting to vote? Get over yourselves! Hey black folks,...all that noise you once made about equal rights? Get over yourselves!

      Great going you knob, way to look like a throwback...

      February 2, 2013 at 2:44 am |
    • Lizzy10

      Maybe if others would stop victimizing them wouldn't have to be victims (no one plays victim who is truly victimized). There is nothing wrong with being gay, but there is a whole heck of a lot wrong with hating someone just because they are.

      February 2, 2013 at 3:36 am |
      • bolwshfi

        dumbo, dumbo, you are a dumbo,
        maybe you should have some jumbo shrimp.
        dumbo, dumbo, you are a dumbo,
        maybe if you eat it, you'll turn into a blimp.
        Oh, and by the way, homosexuality is sinful and perverted and evil and corrupt and immoral and devilish and depraved and horrible and dark and demonic and satanic and rebellious and ungodly and wicked and iniquitous and wrong. Therefore, when you say it is not wrong, you are wrong. Woe to those who call evil good and good evil. God says it is evil, when you say it is good, you are under God's curse. God Almighty's curse. You have cursed yourself. Sodom and Gommorah God destroyed because of homosexuality, and the homos from that city, your beloved brothers and sisters, who paved the way for you, are writhing in hell right now, just like you will be when you die if you do not repent and obey Jesus Christ.

        February 2, 2013 at 7:16 am |
        • Lizzy10

          As a Christian, I have to wonder, what religion are you? God loves his children and Jesus died for our sins. He told us to love one another, and there was no except involved. I'm a flawed person, yes. A sinner, yes. Yet I love my others as I was instructed to by God, so I think I'll be ok. So will you if you repent your hate filled ways. Good luck with that!

          February 2, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
      • Softship

        Perfectly stated!

        February 2, 2013 at 8:14 am |
  43. IrieIte

    The thing I don't understand is why this man said was an answer to a question about marriage. He said he believed in traditional man and woman marriage. He NEVER said that he opposed gay marriage. Leave it up to the liberal media to twist things so that they can make something controversial out of NOTHING.

    February 2, 2013 at 1:21 am |
    • Sleet

      To say you believe marriage is only between a man and a woman is to oppose gay marriage.

      February 2, 2013 at 2:19 am |
    • kyle

      It wasn't about what he SAID. What he said just got people questioning him and his business, at which time they found he contributed to ultraconservative political groups. The protests were against his corporate spending, which is why they protested his business.

      February 2, 2013 at 2:40 am |
      • My Money

        IS his Money not yours. If he wants to spend give all his money to whom ever he wants so be it. Is not for you to question it. How would feel if someone out street comes to your home and tell you what to do what the money you earn!!

        February 2, 2013 at 10:42 am |
    • lordnimrond

      People who are gay simply want to have the same legal rights as any other citizen of the United States...

      The organizations that Chik-fil-a donated to were AGAINST EQUAL RIGHTS FOR GAYS... THIS is why there's been a big deal made about this...

      If you don't understand that, then you are being either willingly blind about it...(i.e. you're lying), or you are woefully ignorant.

      If you don't believe that people who happen to be gay deserve the same rights afforded by laws concerning marriage as the rest of us citizens (rights and priviledges that are NOT conferred if you merely have a "civil union"), then at least have the courage to say that directly, instead of acting like Chick-fil-a is some kind of "victim of misunderstanding and media hype"... They're not,...and you know it...

      February 2, 2013 at 2:53 am |
    • SixDegrees

      Don Cathy has been very, very clear about his opposition to gay marriage. He has poured millions of dollars into organizations that work against it, and has funded several efforts in African countries to not only criminalize homosexuality, but to make it a capital offense, punishable by death.

      His hate is very real and very tangible.

      February 2, 2013 at 6:19 am |
  44. ashley

    If you are from georgia, and haven't tried Martins chicken sandwich and their tea, you are missing out!!!

    February 2, 2013 at 1:16 am |
  45. Thomas

    Is there such a thing as a Chick-Fil-A-Phobe?

    Is it still okay to think that beastiality and other sexual perversions are wrong?

    February 2, 2013 at 1:15 am |
  46. Atheistically Yours

    A lesbian (gay) Christian? Ma'am-you are in IDIOT, and a self-loathing pathettic waste of oxygen consumption! The idea that a homosexual can be a Christian makes about as much sense as Jewish Nazi's, or black KKK members!

    February 2, 2013 at 1:15 am |
  47. Scott

    Waaaaahhhhh. Waaaaahhhh. Another whine-fest from a liberal Scumbag. Why does CNN publicize garbage like this? This broad has the nerve to tell me why I waited in line for 45 minutes on CFA Appreciation Day? She doesn't have a clue. I couldn't care less what she eats in her kitchen, or in her bedroom. What I do have a problem with is scumbags like her demonizing one of the classiest companies in the world because they have the gall to support traditional, healthy families. Ffffff her, and all of her bigoted, like minded pals.

    February 2, 2013 at 1:14 am |
  48. Michael

    I am a distant cousin of Truett Cathy. I am glad that his many good works were mentioned in the comments. Most people do not understand the difference in his and his son's views. The reversals of the funding practices and the change in tone of the comments have come from the very top of the family Truett.

    February 2, 2013 at 1:03 am |
  49. barbraS

    In short: NO

    February 2, 2013 at 12:50 am |
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