Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A, recently made a statement that has been flooding the news and social media like Hurricane Katrina. Cathy expressed his family’s support of “traditional” marriage between man and woman, and only between man and woman, reflecting biblical views. While Cathy, as an American, has the right to have and stand by his personal beliefs, it was clearly a bad business decision to state that his company, Chick-fil-A, backs his views. Many people are unhappy, to say the least, with Chick-fil-A’s ignorant anti-gay marriage beliefs, and thus have agreed to boycott Chick-fil-A completely, vowing to never eat their nuggets dipped in their famous Chick-fil-A sauce again.
While the company does have the right to its own views, the public also has the right to protest. In addition to Chick-fil-A boycotts, a radical gay group, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), is firing back at Chick-fil-A’s stance, and promoting a National Same-Sex Kiss Day held at countrywide Chick-fil-A locations. This Same-Sex Kiss Day will serve as a peaceful protest in efforts of leading by a nonviolent example, and will occur this Friday, August 3, at 7pm.
In 2010, Chick-fil-A donated almost $2 million of their profits to anti-gay organizations and efforts. So, basically, any time you buy a chicken sandwich you are supporting anti-gay ideals directly with your own dollars.
I have heard, many times, people saying that boycotting Chick-fil-A alone probably won’t grant marriage equality any faster– and they may be right– but it’s a pretty good place to start. If you support marriage equality and plan on boycotting Chick-fil-A, you may want to know about other anti-gay companies you may have supported or are currently supporting with your money– such as Urban Outfitters, Exxon Mobil, Wal-Mart, and Salvation Army– to name a few. If we stop giving our money to anti-gay corporations, then the LGBT community stands a greater chance of being granted the rights and equal opportunity they deserve as human beings.
If you want to ignore these issues and have a Chick-fil-A chocolate milkshake and chicken sandwich for lunch, that’s fine. You can do that. Or you can agree to never again support Chick-fil-A and any other anti-gay companies. You are free to react (or not react) in any way that you please. As for me, I will be arriving at the Chick-fil-A located at 1 Main Street in Houston this Friday evening, with my posse of friends– gay and straight– where I will be planting a big, wet one on my beautiful, same-sex best friend, Ariana Katechis, in hopes that each small step taken towards equality will one day create great change.