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Chick-fil-A surprises some with gay marriage talk

Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy

Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy

ATLANTA (AP) — Gay rights advocates were surprised Thursday that the president of fast-food chain Chick-fil-A has taken a public position against same-sex marriage.

Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy said this week that his privately owned company is "guilty as charged" in support of what he called the biblical definition of the family unit.

The Atlanta-based chain opened its first location in a Georgia mall in 1967 and grown to more than 1,615 restaurants in 39 states and Washington, D.C., with annual sales over $4.1 billion, according to its website.

"We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that," Cathy told the Baptist Press, the news agency of the Southern Baptist Convention.

His comments to the Baptist Press, the news agency of the Southern Baptist Convention, unleashed a mix of criticism and support.

"He's taking a bold stand," said Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, which is based in Washington, D.C. "Chick-fil-A is a bible-based, Christian-based business who treats their employees well. They have been attacked in the past about their stand. But they refuse to budge on this matter, and I commend them for what they are doing."

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign that works for same-sex-marriage, said Thursday that Chick-fil-A "has finally come clean" after cloaking its positions for years.

"While they may have been in neutral, kicking this fight into overdrive now allows fair-minded consumers to make up their own minds whether they want to support an openly discriminatory company," Griffin said in a statement. "As the country moves toward inclusion, Chick-fil-A has staked out a decidedly stuck-in-the-past mentality."

Chick-fil-A released its own statement, saying it has a history of applying biblically-based principles to its business, such as keeping its stores closed on Sundays.

"The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender," according to the statement.

"Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena," it said.

Chick-fil-A statement via Facebook

The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 Restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.

Chick-fil-A is a family-owned and family-led company serving the communities in which it operates. From the day Truett Cathy started the company, he began applying biblically-based principles to managing his business. For example, we believe that closing on Sundays, operating debt-free and devoting a percentage of our profits back to our communities are what make us a stronger company and Chick-fil-A family.

Our mission is simple: to serve great food, provide genuine hospitality and have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.

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richtfan 1 year, 9 months ago

Dan Cathy, Truett Cathy and their entire organization should be congratulated for the millions of dollars in wealth that they've created, the millions of jobs they've created and for the fantastic product that they provide to the public. They are a private company, and they can run their operation like they want to. If that means upsetting a group of people who think that they are not accountable to anyone about anything, then so be it. The pro-gay anti family lobby in this country loves to bash everyone who does not fall into lockstep with them, and CFA's stance is refreshing and honorable.

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teelee 1 year, 8 months ago

They didn't do that, someone else did that. The government created the wealth.

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freegeorgian 1 year, 9 months ago

Another reason to admire CFA. The line "As the country moves toward inclusion..." is the same talking points the HRC released when the Boy Scouts announced their decision to continue with current policy. It's just another example of the "tolerant" diplaying intolerance for beliefs not agreeing with theirs...as expected.

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irishmafia116 1 year, 9 months ago

Proud to be a boy scout and love CFA . Keep it going America

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waterdog 1 year, 9 months ago

Proud to be an Eagle Scout and a strong supporter of Chick-Fil-A!!!!!!!

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icecold 1 year, 9 months ago

Looks like chick fil a just locked in their biggot customer base.

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SickandTired 1 year, 9 months ago

the word is BIGOT. CFA is far from being BIGOTED. CFA does not discrimiate against anyone in their hiring practices, they give back to every community in which there is a CFA presence, CFA encourages the HS kids they hire to go to college by giving their college bound employees scholarships, CFA runs an amazing summer camp for kids at Berry College every year for children from all socio-economic backgrounds. CFA gives up millions of dollars of revenue by being one of the few businesses that observe the Lord's day. If you know anything about Truett Cathy you would not be surprised by the family's stand on same sex marriage. Chad Griffiin is a moron, CFA never "cloaked" it's position on SSM and what proof/evidence does Chad have that CFA is an openly discriminatory company? Chad Griffin is talking out his butt.

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news2me 1 year, 9 months ago

"the word is BIGOT. CFA is far from being BIGOTED."

Correct! Name calling and hate labels from those that are in the minority is to be expected.

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A_Gwinnett_Atheist 1 year, 9 months ago

I thank icecold for giving the facts and point out to those responding so negatively that icecold did not call anyone a bigot, he/she labeled an attitude as bigotry. If you think otherwise, look up the definition. By making public statement against gays, CFA has announced their own discriminatory position which makes them a discriminatory company. Even if their policy is to hire gays, they have poisoned the work place and implied slower promotions for those that are gay. To label a group that just wants equal rights as "pro gay and anti family" demonstrates a lack of knowledge and understanding. Allowing someone else equal rights does not remove the equal rights of others. The anti gay movement is primarily a group that wants to cherry pick passages, mostly from Leviticus, and do not believe in the Constitutional mandate of separation of church and state. If you are opposed to same sex marriage, then don't marry someone of the same sex but don't force your antiquated beliefs on others. A same sex couple in no way harms your marriage. I don't believe in divorce, which can be demonstrated to harm families, but I do not have the right to pass laws to block others from getting a divorce.

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icecold 1 year, 9 months ago

Nice to see that you care enough to see what I'm posting. But to digress, this issue is bigger than Truett Cathy, Dan Cathy, or Chick-fil-a. The real problem is that folks are scared of change, which is evident in a lot of you folks pretty much cheering on Chick-Fil-A coming out against gay marriage. While I can respect both sides of the issue since people do have both legitimate and not so legitimate reasons for their beliefs, the fact of the matter is that a lot of folks seem to fear change, and it's really apparent when reading the comments on a lot of these news articles. Whether it's people who are of a different religion, undocumented people (or illegals as many you may refer to them as, because you know that helps to reinforce that "They ain't one of us"), people of different ethnicities, or even homosexuals as is the case with this article, a lot of folks who post on these articles constantly attempt to demonize others. The fact of the matter is it seems as if a lot of people are afraid of the shift which is taking place in our institutions, where folks who have traditionally been marginalized are finally getting a seat at the table and having their voices heard. I see a lot of folks talking about how they hate how so called liberals push "class warfare" and want to divide Americans, well what the hell do you think not only chick-fil-a's statement, but a lot of these comments are doing? But of course it's always easier to live in your own bubble, and hold on to your quickly dying paradigm, as opposed to questioning your own beliefs. Also yes, I'm damn proud to be a Meadowcreek alum, but of course you bringing up the fact that I went to that school which doesn't quite fit into your purview of what Gwinnett county should be isn't class warfare at all.

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notblind 1 year, 8 months ago

People are NOT "...afraid of the shift which is taking place in our institutions,..." they are disgusted by them.

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icecold 1 year, 8 months ago

I'm sure people were also disgusted back when women got the vote.

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notblind 1 year, 8 months ago

Is that the best you can do. Pretty weak.

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icecold 1 year, 8 months ago

Of course you would deny that history repeats itself, when history is not on your side.

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notblind 1 year, 8 months ago

If gays were 50% of the population you might get some traction. The truth is that their numbers are too small to deserve any special accommodation.

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icecold 1 year, 8 months ago

That doesn't even make sense considering the 14th amendment exists for the sole purpose of protecting those who are in the minority.

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notblind 1 year, 8 months ago

I have grave doubts that the framers of the 14th had gays in mind.

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numerouno 1 year, 8 months ago

There were probably many groups that they didn't have in mind. But they realized this and wrote it to protect the unforeseen.

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charlesg 1 year, 8 months ago

I'm sure people were also disgusted back when inter racial marriage ban was found unconstitutional.

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news2me 1 year, 8 months ago

"The real problem is that folks are scared of change, which is evident in a lot of you folks pretty much cheering on Chick-Fil-A coming out against gay marriage."

The Majority are not scared of change, they are unhappy about what our country is turning into. The rest of the World is not disgusted by the Majority, they are ridiculing beliefs like yours and the minority that throws a temper tantrum everytime something doesn't go their way. People of your mindset don't run big businesses or governments and they never will.

Truett Cathy has always had this stance on gay marriage, the only thing that is different now and than day he started his company is that some liberal organization wanted to stir the pot on the Intolerance du jour. The media is suckering you into thinking that the tides are changing in your favor, but they are not. That false sense of security you have is a necessary survial skill for the liberal mentality.

So keep giving yourself the only thumbs up on your hateful posts. Just remember you are the one that starts with the name calling and labels to get attention and pick a fight with the majority. You are hurting true victims of racism and bigotry when you use those words ad naseum to fit your agenda of the moment.

I gave you the attention that you crave and that you think is making a difference and change in the US. Whatever!

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icecold 1 year, 8 months ago

"The Majority are not scared of change, they are unhappy about what our country is turning into. "

It's not just your country buddy.

"The rest of the World is not disgusted by the Majority, they are ridiculing beliefs like yours and the minority that throws a temper tantrum everytime something doesn't go their way. "

Sounds like the tea party, or any equivalent left wing organization for that matter. Did you not just say the words that "the majority is disgusted with what our country is turning into?" Is this not a temper tantrum? Anytime there's a story about somebody from a traditionally protected class person, there's literally like 10 commenters pouting it in the comments section. Sounds like a temper tantrum to me mate.

"People of your mindset don't run big businesses or governments and they never will."

lol ok

"Truett Cathy has always had this stance on gay marriage, the only thing that is different now and than day he started his company is that some liberal organization wanted to stir the pot on the Intolerance du jour. "

I know he has, and truthfully I could care less about what his views are until he attributes his views to his business. When it gets to the point where it's "Chick-Fil-A doesn't support gay marriage, as opposed to "Truett Cathy or Dan Cathy doesn't support gay marriage" that's when I have to stop spending money at that institution.

"The media is suckering you into thinking that the tides are changing in your favor, but they are not. That false sense of security you have is a necessary survial skill for the liberal mentality."

Yes, and I'm sure the fact that young people are abandoning the republican party and either becoming more liberal, joining the libertarian party, or some other third party doesn't mean anything at all. How many people outside of your own circle do you know under the age of 30?

" Just remember you are the one that starts with the name calling and labels to get attention and pick a fight with the majority. You are hurting true victims of racism and bigotry when you you those ad naseum words to fit your agenda of the day."

Oh I'm sure you're an expert on what real racism/bigotry is.

"I gave you the attention that you crave and that you think is making a difference and change in the US. Whatever!"

Temper tantrum

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icecold 1 year, 8 months ago

I know. It's a bit difficult for you to grasp.

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teelee 1 year, 8 months ago

Scared of "Hope and Change"!!!

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toby 1 year, 8 months ago

Europe embraced all the change and cultures and religions and look at where they are today. The only thing I'm scared of is being poked in my fanny. And keep it in the closet. Y'all were happier then.

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icecold 1 year, 8 months ago

As opposed to where they were 70 years ago, and 100 years ago? Good god, do some of you folks even think before you start typing?!?!?

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A_Gwinnett_Atheist 1 year, 8 months ago

You really should study some history. History is full of cases where people have taken power and manipulated religious opinions to justify discrimination. Two prevalent ones that even you should be familiar with are the Spanish Inquisition and Hitler's reign of terror. The KKK and other organizations use bible passages in an attempt to justify their extreme prejudices. You need to read ALL of the Bible you hold so holy, especially passages attributed to your Jesus, and not taken out of context. Why do you not equally condemn the women that do not wear hats in church?

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mustardandbiscuit 1 year, 9 months ago

If Chic-fil-A really and truly does treat everyone with honor, dignity and respect, then maybe someone can explain why they are harassing this individual who happens to be a small businessman selling T-shirts:

http://www.maniacworld.com/Eat-More-Kale.html

This is despicable and Chic-fil-A should be ashamed!!

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jjbod1 1 year, 8 months ago

I have been defending CFA through all of this BS, but after seeing the above vid, kinda makes me think, Really???? They are going to threaten a small T-shirt guy over nothing. Dan and Bubba, get over your selves.

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HonestIngine 1 year, 8 months ago

Chic-Fil-A has the balls to stand up for their beliefs..and not worry about what others think....get over it..CFA is a first class organization....

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roaads1 1 year, 8 months ago

I'm glad to see Mr Cathy run "his" business the way "he" wants with "his" family values in a country that prides itself as one of the only places on Earth where one can do so. His family built this business contrary to what our president said using their belief in God and how He would want it ran. For those of you that do not agree with this simply find another place that sells chicken products and stop complaining about a small business owner running his business using his constitutional rights to run it the way he wants to.

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icecold 1 year, 8 months ago

They'll just say "It's in the past, get over it."

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teelee 1 year, 8 months ago

So let me get this straight, Chick Fila is upset that Long John Silver is marrying Jack in the Box? What will Wendy think?

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BurritoJones 1 year, 8 months ago

Chick-fil-A: because if we don't stand up for the oppressive majority, who will?

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SickandTired 1 year, 8 months ago

AGwinnettAtheist.........wow you state "Even if their policy is to hire gays, they have poisoned the work place and implied slower promotions for those that are gay. so you're not only an atheist you're psychic! you clearly have no idea how CFA operates.

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icecold 1 year, 8 months ago

First, what does his/her being atheist have to do with anything? Secondly, studies have shown that the glass ceiling is a real thing, and does prevent certain folks from advancing in organizations.

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news2me 1 year, 8 months ago

Oh I'm sure you're an expert on what real racism/bigotry is.

Yes I Am. I grew up in a place much worse than Ghettocreek. I used the hate over the color of my skin to better my life and I let go of the past. Living in the past holds you back, which is obvious from your rants and bully mentality.

Education and forgiveness are keys to success. Your future is not bright icecold wallowing in the state of mind that your in. Hate and stirring the pot is your comfort zone.

Gay marriage is not a human right.

More than a dozen people are dead in CO this morning at the hands of a psycho. Your pity party is not important.

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SickandTired 1 year, 8 months ago

icecold.....it's in the poster's tag that he/she is an atheist. the so-called glass ceiling has been around forever, if you're a woman, if you're a woman of color, if you're handicapped, if you're gay, if you're not college educated.....the list goes on. your comment has nothing to do with the uninformed statements made by agwinnettatheist about CFA. Stay on topic.

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SickandTired 1 year, 8 months ago

Lighten up was only making a point that the gwinnett atheist is making blanket statements w/o any proof to back up. I couldn't care less is someone is an atheist, jew, buddhist, muslim, baptist......What CFA did took guts. I never said i agree with CFA stance on SSM I just think posters calling them names and making ridiculous assumptions is ignorant.

BTW, if you have kids in HS you would know everyone calls Meadowcreek HS "Ghettocreek" go to a sporting event at that HS - you'll see what they mean.

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icecold 1 year, 8 months ago

Like I said before I graduated from Meadowcreek some years ago, and there is nothing ghetto about it, nor has their ever been anything ghetto about it, nor has there ever been anything ghetto about it.

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BurritoJones 1 year, 8 months ago

I too am always pleased when my desires for continued inequality are validated by fast food restaurants.

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icecold 1 year, 8 months ago

Also, it looks like Chick-Fil-A's announcement is already costing them pretty big.

http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/boston-mayor-vows-to-1481640.html

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Beowulf 1 year, 8 months ago

It would have cost them a lot more patrons here in the South if they had reversed their long-time stand. CFA is a southern institution, only making small inroads into the north in recent years. Their well-documented Christian views are no secret, which may be part of why it has been slow to expand in more liberal regions. Would not call it "costing them big" with only 2 stores in Massachusetts - though it may stifle or kill expansion efforts there. However, I don't think CFA cares too much, if they view it as a moral stance - some things are more important than profit.

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A_Gwinnett_Atheist 1 year, 8 months ago

The problem here is that CFA has used their "Christian views" as a selling point to get more business. Get Dan Cathy to release his tax returns and it should be obvious. The business was originally spread through the bible belt and that type sales tactics works well. Note the inclusive nature of the final CFA mission statement in the article, attempting some inclusion to expand customer base. When you take snippets from the bible, many atrocities can be justified. This one is emphasized because it can get the majority of Christians riled up. How often do you hear these same outspoken "Christians" speak out against divorce? The bible does. Paul even speaks against marriage to a women, Saying, "it would be better if men were like me". If you think you are a Christian, read the entire bible and stop being guided like sheep into false assumptions about your religion based on a few isolated passages.

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notblind 1 year, 8 months ago

It's refreshing to see some backbone in the corporate world. This is in total contrast to the ALEC situation a few months back where corporate giants let a few loudmouths cause boardroom hand wringing.

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SickandTired 1 year, 8 months ago

Beowulf is right. won't cost CFA big in MA. Plus i honestly doubt the mayor of boston will be able to block a fast food restaurant opening in that city. I think the mayor is over-estimating his level of authority. Don't forget boston is heavily irish catholic.

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A_Gwinnett_Atheist 1 year, 8 months ago

So this represents Christianity. Where in the Bible did you dig up such a lame insult? I shouldn't be surprised at your selection of creatures. As per Cambridge Dictionary: "an imaginary, either very large or very small creature in traditional Scandinavian stories, that has magical powers and lives in mountains or caves". Since you apparently believe the magical myths of the Bible actually happened, you must also believe in trolls!

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notblind 1 year, 8 months ago

I bet CFA is about to have one of their best quarters in recent history.

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kevin 1 year, 8 months ago

"Gay rights advocates were surprised Thursday that the president of fast-food chain Chick-fil-A has taken a public position against same-sex marriage." Why is this? Isn't is a known fact that true Christians won't EVER by in favor of gay marriages? It isn't in their DNA. Why wouldn't a Christian be against this? People do have a right to their opinions. If gays don't like it when people are against gay marriage, then go somewhere else to eat. I prefer to eat in a place free of them anyway.

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Say_that_again 1 year, 8 months ago

Your blatant prejudices were quite obvious already! Same argument used to support racism in the south for a century. Why are you so afraid of allowing equal rights? A Christian wouldn't be against this because the Bible encourages inclusion, not exclusion If you had the same attitude toward those that break one of the ten commandments - for instance -"... not bear false witness" we would never elect any politician from the Democratic or Republican parties.

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icecold 1 year, 8 months ago

The issue isn't conservative vs. Liberal, its love vs. Hate. The type of rhetoric exposed by many of the posters here is what class warfare actually looks like.

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Sthrnldy 1 year, 8 months ago

Bless Your Heart! You capitalized the right words perfectly! Liberal and Hate, which is what you love to do. Class warfare keeps socialism alive and relevant. You are your own worst enemy!!

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A_Gwinnett_Atheist 1 year, 8 months ago

So your opinion is someone that believes others should be given equal rights and treated with respect must have a liberal agenda. That would mean that you believe someone with a conservative agenda must be in favor of limiting the rights of others and disrespecting them. Your attempt to ridicule those with whom you disagree only proves your bias, not only against those desiring equal rights but also against those with whom you disagree. Now, really, what do you think the "liberal agenda" is?

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NewsReader 1 year, 8 months ago

You can always recognize a liberal idiot when they tell you what you are thinking or what your opinion is. Then you go on to tell me what I mean and believe. My position on rights is very simple actually. I believe you have the right to do whatever you want so long as exercising your rights doesn't infringe upon another's to do so. Cathy has the right to deny recognition of gay marriage, but you want to force him to endorse and embrace it. You want to exercise your rights? Don't visit his business establishment. But don't sit there on your pompous behind and try to force him to do that which he is totally opposed when he is exercising his rights, yet not infringing upon yours.

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icecold 1 year, 8 months ago

Like I said before, its not about Cathy's personal position on the issue, as much as it is him pretty much saying that his stance against gay marriage, is his companies position. Once a business ad an entity is given a particular stance against an issue like this, then of course people have the right to voice their anger, since many of those people have been loyal customers for years.

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NewsReader 1 year, 8 months ago

Do tell icecold...how is Cathy or CFA infringing on your rights? It is his business, not a publicly traded company, and by default an extension of himself to do with what he pleases. Anything short of that is infringing on his rights to do so. He doesn't refuse to sell you a product when you walk into the door of one of his establishments. He has made it a policy of his organization not to be open on Sunday's either. I suppose you have a right to a Chick-fil-A sandwich on Sunday, and therefore he should be required to remain open on Sunday? While we are at it, let's have all of the stores open on Christmas Day as well. After all, if you are Jewish, that is an infringement upon your rights as a Jew not to be able to go to the mall on a day you do not recognize as a holiday. And just as you have a right to voice your anger, which I could give a crap about BTW, he has a right to do with his business as he so pleases. Like I said before, if you don't like it, don't patronize his establishment. I'm quite certain he, and most of the rest of the general population, could care less. I know I could care less. Go ahead and give it your best shot to force him to change his policy. LOL, I'll have a Chick-fil-A to that!

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gwinnettisgreat1 1 year, 8 months ago

I love it when Minorities get their thongs in a wad. I like that Dan basically said, hey gay folks, you can work at our store, eat at our store and be gay at our store, but quite frankly we think your lifestyle is wrong.

Guess what gay people, Dan is entitled to his opinion. You can take it or leave it. You can eat at Chick-fil-a or eat at Wendy's. Nobody cares. Dan simply told you as the commander and chief of Chick-fil-a, this is what we believe. So put your spandex on and your purple hat and go pound sand.

I for one hope you don't eat at Chick-fil-a. That means instead of 20 people in line now there will be 18. You amount to that much because you are the MINORITY. Go to France if you don't like it.

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A_Gwinnett_Atheist 1 year, 8 months ago

You apparently did not understand what Dan was quoted as having said or you don't understand your own position. He said he does not believe that gays should have the right to be married, even though their marriage would not infringe on the rights of anyone. It is true that Dan is entitled to his opinion, but he does not have the right to enforce it on others. You are also mistaken when you assume that anyone defending the rights of a minority must be a part of that minority. One thing great about our Constitution is that it protects the rights of the minority. We do not live in a country which allows the majority to walk over the rights of others, though too often politicians do pass discriminatory laws. It should also be noted that you cannot make it illegal for gays to have a wedding ceremony and declare themselves married. Some states, including Georgia, have passed laws against allowing the state to recognize the marriage. Note that this does mean that they are not subject to the marriage penalty in our Federal tax system, as well as the exclusion of spousal privileges.

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gwinnettisgreat1 1 year, 8 months ago

Again, non-God believer, you as a closed minded minority are the one not getting it. Dan said that Gay lifestyle is WRONG. He is entitled to his opinion, which you seem to understand that... so there is hope. The Constitution may protect your rights as a minority but guess what, Minority does not rule. If that was the case, John McCain would be President, instead Majority rules and Ceasar is now in charge... I mean Obama.

The problem with "free thinkers" is they have no bounds. They are the very people that say "Everyone's a winner" and "Let's not keep score, it might hurt people's feelings." If you want to live like that move to California. California recognizes gay marriage and is full of nuts. You would love it there!

I applaud Dan and everyone like him for being bold and brave enough not to bend to the wussification of America and being proud of his beliefs. Even though you will lable him close minded, bigot, right wing, evil rich man. Again, go pound sand.

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NewsReader 1 year, 8 months ago

In honor of Chick-fil-A's announcement, August 1st is Chick-fil-A Appreciation day as announced on facebook http://www.facebook.com/events/266281243473841/. You might NOT want to go to Chick-fil-A that day. It will be extremely overcrowded, thus this would be a good day for you to boycott. I think I am going to go out and find a gay pride sticker to put on my bumper to go through the drive-thru though! LOL!

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Jan 1 year, 8 months ago

So once again we see a business using peoples prejudices to make money. Yes, probably a big flock of sheep will "support" CFA and give them a financial bonus.

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gwinnettisgreat1 1 year, 8 months ago

How dare we support something we believe in! So un-American! Right?

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NewsReader 1 year, 8 months ago

The business didn't set this up moron. Supporters of Chick-fil-A did. And more specifically, Mike Huckabee! You know, it is a fact versus opinion type of thing, but we all know you can't distinguish the difference.

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news2me 1 year, 8 months ago

What about the big flock of sheep that support the Rap Music industry? Majority Black people making money off mainly black people and inciting violence on large cults of black people. Those Rap music moguls are making loads of money on hate and violence.

Eat Chick-fil-A, or don't eat it - that is for you to decide. FYI .... BP is still around after the largest natural disaster in history and Arizona has not suffered or shut down for it's anti-Illegal Immigration laws.

As I said earlier in this overdone fluff of so-called "News", the Intolerance of the Moment has shifted onto something else equally as reprehensible to you liberals, go cry and moan about the horrors that those new "Victims" face.

Those rich hateful conservatives that you Hate so much will continue to make money and be Philanthropists. Will you refuse to Take from the charity in which they donate large stockpiles of money when Your time of need inevitably comes? Do your research because who knows where all the Cathy's money goes! Your big flock of liberal sheep really don't understand the depth of your hypocrisy!

This debate is over. Put a fork in it!

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Jan 1 year, 8 months ago

I do not criticize those that eat at CFA because they like the food. The problem is that CFA is encouraging prejudices in an effort to extend their customer base. When a rap musician exploits people's prejudices, it too is guilty of appealing to a sheep mentality but your classifying all rap music into this group only demonstrates your own prejudices or lack of knowledge. Where do you think Cathy's money goes and how does this justify encouraging discrimination? Probably most goes to a church. Church's put most of their money into their buildings and staff, some having gyms, picnic grounds etc. leaving very little money to actually be put into worthwhile charity. When you limit your help to your members, this is limited communism (supporting limited community), not charity. It is a fact that Cathy has a prejudice against gays. It is a fact that CFA is exploiting this prejudice to build their business. It is news2me's opinion that "This debate is over". The debate will continue until gays are allowed equal rights.

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NewsReader 1 year, 8 months ago

You have equal rights moron! I defy you to go to any Chick-fil-A restaurant and prove any level of discrimination. You can't! You crack me up with this bovine bowel movement of yours declaring you want equal rights while segregating yourself for preferential treatment. Cathy didn't choose this battle, remember? Of course you don't! You don't know the difference between fact and fiction. You are an idiot and a testament as to why education is an epic failure in this country. Do us all a favor ~ go back under your rock before you do something stupid to help facilitate causing us to slip any further. And by all means, don't come out of retirement. Our nation can't afford the consequences. And BTW, all that literary work you just wrote about churches and charity? That was some really creative fiction you did there. I'm not really sure what your malfunction is, but your blatant hatred of those of us who have created our own success by our own hard work is, in and of itself, a prejudice toward all of us. I would really rather you just say thank you. But we both know, that ain't gonna happen. TTFN! I'll be standing by waiting for you to disclose your next display of profound wisdom.

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Jan 1 year, 8 months ago

Thank you for, once again, proving that those without any facts resort to ridiculous name calling. Now for some facts of which you seem oblivious. I do have equal rights. That is because I am heterosexual and have enjoyed the benefits of government recognized marriage (to the same woman) for 47 years. That does not keep me from expressing support for those that state law discriminates against. If you question the facts about gifts to the church, then do some research before starting your tirade of indignation. Look at your church budget and tell us exactly what percentage of it goes to charity beyond that spent to support the local church and its members. Go the next step and see how much of the money your church sends off goes to charitable endeavors versus how much goes to salaries, expansion of church membership, office expenses, etc. The Mormon church openly admits that they invest the donations when donations exceed expenditures. Newsweek estimates the Mormon stock portfolio at $30 billion. Their is no way to know for sure since they are not required to disclose this information. Other sources believe this is a low estimate. If more than 10 percent of the donations to your church is spent for true charity beyond its own membership, then it is the exception. You can sit down now. Hopefully you will do some research before embarrassing yourself with an inane spate of insults.

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Jan 1 year, 8 months ago

PS Don't you like my rock? Look at it close, no means of support just like your arguments when you resort to insults, but plenty of room for everyone that wants to crawl under it and hide from the truth.

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gwinnettisgreat1 1 year, 8 months ago

NewsReader, you left out, "Please do not pro-create". God knows we do not need any more Jan in the world. It cracks me up the ones who claim "close minded people" are the most closed to their opinions.

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suedehead 1 year, 8 months ago

NewsReader, I have equal rights? That's news. I guess me and my partner of 18 years will file a joint federal tax return next year and enjoy the same financial benefits straight couples have. We also won't have to worry about hospitals denying room/ICU access or the ability to make decisons in cases of emergency because we're not "immediate family." Gone are the days of being denied or losing a job or a place to live because of an individuals prejudice.

Can you please tell me how I am asking for preferencial treatment?

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gwinnettisgreat1 1 year, 8 months ago

LOL! There is no need to file a joint return! Ceasar Obama hates marriage and the tax break that George W. Bush put forth for married couples. So see, even Obama hates marriage.

The bottom line is you make the decision to live your life and partner up with whoever your hormones and body desires. I make the decision as a business owner to hire or fire you based on your apperance, decisions and lifestyle. It's a right to work state.

Cheers!

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