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Old Aug 3rd, 2012, 03:54 AM   #1
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'Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day' sets record amid gay marriage debate



http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/02...nt-chain-says/

Chick-fil-A says it set a sales record on Wednesday, the day that supporters rallied around the fast-food chain amid a debate over its president's opposition to same-sex marriage.

The chain won't release sales numbers, but "we can confirm reports that it was a record-setting day," said Steve Robinson, Chick-fil-A's executive vice president of marketing.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee had called on people to buy food at the chain on Wednesday, which he dubbed "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," after a backlash against the company and their president.

The controversy started after an interview with the fast-food restaurant chain's president and COO, Dan Cathy, appeared in The Baptist Press on July 16. He weighed in with his views on family.

"We are very much supportive of the family - the biblical definition of the family unit," Cathy said. "We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that."

On a Facebook page Huckabee created announcing the event, more than 620,000 people said they would participate.

He called for a response to a backlash against the restaurants and its president. Customers flocked to the restaurants on Wednesday, many showing their support for the chain and Cathy's opposition to same-sex marriage.

Gay rights activists are planning to hold a "national same-sex kiss day at Chick-fil-A" on Friday.
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Old Aug 3rd, 2012, 04:01 AM   #2
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Re: 'Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day' sets record amid gay marriage debate

Kristin Hersh said it best: "so...now homophobes're lashing out by clogging their own arteries? i think i know who's gonna win this fight"

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Re: 'Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day' sets record amid gay marriage debate

Why is this issue such a hot topic all of a sudden? It's been known for years.
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Re: 'Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day' sets record amid gay marriage debate

It's obvious to everyone (especially these people) that opposition to gay marriage is dwindling in the United States. If they think that eating at a fast food restaurant is making some sort of statement, then whatever.

In 30 years, people who denounced gay marriage will be viewed on the same level as people who opposed interracial marriage.
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People on both sides need to get a life and stop messing with others'. If you like the food, eat there. If you don't, then don't. If you don't agree with what the owner said (and I don't) that's fine, but you don't have to go out of your way to try to destroy the company and harm the innocent employees.
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People on both sides need to get a life and stop messing with others'. If you like the food, eat there. If you don't, then don't.

If you don't agree with what the owner said (and I don't) that's fine, but you don't have to go out of your way to try to destroy the company and harm the innocent employees.
No Sal, there's nothing wrong with boycotts (on whatever issue) and you, as a supporter of a free market, should realize that.

The problem is when politicians (like the Mayors of Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco in this fight) pander for polical support by threatening to block licensing the business in their cities, even if all laws will be adhered to.
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I know gay people who work there at chick-fil-a, so in a way, I find it ironic that pro-gay rights people are boycotting this place and anti-gay marriage supporters are flooding here.

It's a company's values, it can do whatever with its profits. It doesn't mean that they will discriminate when it comes to employment or serving people.

Of course, such companies like these do not help with the advancement of society.


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Re: 'Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day' sets record amid gay marriage debate

Chick-Fil-Hate CEO's freedom of speech to express his Christianity view on marriage? No problem
Chick-Fil-Hate donating millions of dollars to anti-gay organizations? OH HEO NO!
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The CEO has the right to express his view on marriage and spend his money wherever he pleases.
You, as the customer, have the right to not spend your money there based on the CEO's views.

The mayors of those cities DO NOT have the right to ban the company liscenses in their districts based on the expressed views of the CEO.

Most of the people that came out were actually supporting that notion, more so than the notion of being anti gay marriage itself, whether the media would lead you to believe that or not.
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The CEO has the right to express his view on marriage and spend his money wherever he pleases.
You, as the customer, have the right to not spend your money there based on the CEO's views.

The mayors of those cities DO NOT have the right to ban the company liscenses in their districts based on the expressed views of the CEO.

Most of the people that came out were actually supporting that notion, more so than the notion of being anti gay marriage itself, whether the media would lead you to believe that or not.
According to what exactly? The First Amendment does not protect us from the consequences of our speech. It only gives us the right to make that speech. Part of the privilege of being allowed to say whatever stupid shit you want to say is the responsibility of dealing with the repercussions of it.
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It just doesn't make sense how the mayors of these cities are banning this company's license. There is no concrete proof of discrimination in hiring or serving people, no proof of unhealthy conditions, the usual things in labor and health codes that will merit a licensing ban.

It's just a company's belief system. Gay rights is a hot button issue right now, so the mayors doing so is largely a political move, imo.
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^Exactly.

For the record Ive never eaten at a Chic-Filet and I do not support their views. But I do not support their being banned in certain cities especially for what seem to be political motivations.
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Re: 'Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day' sets record amid gay marriage debate

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The CEO has the right to express his view on marriage and spend his money wherever he pleases.
You, as the customer, have the right to not spend your money there based on the CEO's views.

The mayors of those cities DO NOT have the right to ban the company liscenses in their districts based on the expressed views of the CEO.

Most of the people that came out were actually supporting that notion, more so than the notion of being anti gay marriage itself, whether the media would lead you to believe that or not.
Most likely, this is true. I still find it surprising how somebody, without even a hint of irony, can actually say "We're open and tolerant so you're not welcome here..." and be completely oblivious to the contradiction.
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In public areas, the first amendment protects citizens from "consequences" of their political beliefs. That is why the KKK is allowed to hold demonstrations on city streets. Granting business licenses is also within the public area. Therefore, a business owner cannot have his business revoked for his political beliefs.
And not have it denied either, which the Mayors in question seem to have accepted. Tom Menino of Boston said like a week ago that he had "only been using the bully pulpit" ala rallying public opinion, not threatening to deny the license. (Not what he originally said, but if it "merely" delayed someone's planned opening for a week, nobody's gonna sue him).

Even NYC's Mike Bloomberg (of bans on Big Gulps and previously trans fats, along with major crackdowns on cigarette smoking in public) told his friend Menino that he'd lose in court on the license question, if the CFA franchisee followed the same laws other fast food places do there.

But I fully accept the right of objectors to organize boycotts of Chick-fil-A locations if they wish, as that's potential customers "voting with their wallets". Next venue in this war: college campuses, where PC campus activists will try to get them denied franchises, or boycott those that are still on a campus.
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'Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day' Cute.
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