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More Focus on Chick-fil-A

Political sides in the same-sex marriage controversy have issued "calls to action" at the restaurant chain's outlets for Aug 1 and Aug. 3.

This could be an interesting week for Chick-fil-A, the Atlanta-based restaurant chain that recently has become a political battleground.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has called for Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day on Wednesday, Aug. 1, and has set up a Facebook page to draw attention.

And the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is backing a call for a National Same-Sex Kiss Day on Friday, Aug. 3, to be held at Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide.

The controversy, of course, comes from a statement by Chick-fil-A executive Dan Cathy, who supports the view of marriage as between a man and a woman. Dan Cathy, son of company founder Truman Cathy, said the fast-food giant was “guilty as charged” of supporting “the biblical definition of the family unit.”

This could play out in

-- How do you feel about the controversy? Will you patronize or avoid Chick-fil-A on these days because of the so-called "calls to action?"

Tell us in the comments below.

Mike Hipp August 01, 2012 at 10:33 AM
The public showing support or disgust for any particular business, by staging lawful protests or buying en masse, is encouraged. Mayors and city aldermen trying to block otherwise lawful business from setting up shop in their towns is discouraged. That goes for Chickflia or for an adult oriented business.
Wallflower August 01, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Agree with Mike!
Jeannie K August 01, 2012 at 12:49 PM
I just went and purchased 10 Chik-Fil-A biscuits in a show of support for the First Amendment, if nothing else. I agree with Mr. Cathy's interpretation of the Bible but figure each of us much account for our actions. I appreciate the fact that he follows his convictions rather than bowing to the opinions of the world. I wish Mr. Cathy would go into politics. :)
John Wheeler August 01, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I wish folks would get keyed up like this over government waste and ineptitude, crony capitalism, misappropriation of public funds, and rampant distortion of the truth in the media. I eat at Chic-Fill-A because I like it. I don't care whether Mr. Cathy approves of gay marriage or not. Neither should you. It's immaterial. If you don't want to eat at his restaurants, then don't! Don't burden me with your snotty antics and hysteria. It just shows how trivial and misdirected the public has become.
Allison Lanning August 01, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Totally agree with Mike!
Ground Chuck August 01, 2012 at 06:50 PM
John Wheeler, you nailed it!
Mike Hipp August 02, 2012 at 08:01 AM
John - I don't know you and I don't pretend to know what you care about.... but let me make a few analogies to see if you still feel the same way - given different scenarios. If Dan Cathy were anti-woman and gave money that tried to take voting rights away from women, would you be saying the same thing? If Dan Cathy were anti-2nd amendment and he was giving large sums of money to organizations that were trying to take your guns away, would you be saying the same thing? If Dan Cathy were pro-pedophilia and gave the money you gave him to organizations that promoted sex between adults and children, would you be saying the same thing? If Dan Cathy were pro-communist China and got all of his supplies and sent all of his money to China so that they could bring communism to the US, would you feel the same way? If Dan Cathy were anti-first amendment and he did everything in his power to make sure that you didn't get to vote - or to speak your mind, would you be saying the same thing? I think the reaction to Chick-fil-a is directly promotional to how close you are to the beliefs that Dan Cathy holds. I maintain - that if Chick-Fil-A were actually giving profits to something that was trying to squash something that YOU cared about - then you'd be singing a different song. Tell me how wrong I am.
Ray August 03, 2012 at 03:47 PM
I hope you also visited the Porn Store directly across the street and used your First Amendment rights ...
Ray August 03, 2012 at 03:50 PM
John, Get fired up enough to vote out the Republicans who have been practicing obstructionist government for the last two years … That's the real problem.
Ground Chuck August 03, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Ray, that is one funny comment about obstructionist government! Take the easy way out...blame the Republicans. Fact is, both parties are to blame, and NEITHER has anything AT ALL to do with the premise of this article and related commentary. It's Bush's fault, right?!
Ground Chuck August 03, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Yep.
Ray August 03, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Well, “Ground” ... now that you mention it ... the entire mess we are in right now is due to Bush and Cheney spending untold millions on TWO wars we didn’t need and tax cuts for the rich ... not to mention the fact the Republican Party has run an obstructionist government since the current President was elected and done everything in their power to take him down... So, yes the fault lies entirely with the Republicans, it truly seems like peachtree corners lives in the Republican Bubble...
Ground Chuck August 03, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Sure, Ray. The Congress had nothing to do with spending all that money. You and I will have to agree to disagree. I am a moderate Republican (a rare breed indeed), but blaming the entirety of the economic mess on Bush and/or the Congressional Republicans is ludicrous at best. Barney Frank and his "home ownership for everyone" plan has more to do with it than anything. So we didn't need to go after the Al Quaida militants in Afghanistan? Really? You should stay out of NYC as you might endure serious bodily harm there. With Iraq you may be right, but not ALL is the fault of the Republicans. At this point, what's done is done. The mess needs to be cleaned up, and come November, watch and see the massive electoral change in leadership. BTW, yes, you live in the land of Republicans. Delta-to-Chicago is ready when you are.
Ray August 03, 2012 at 11:22 PM
I spend plenty of time in New York and they flat out love me there ... if you are as moderate as you claim you are, then I urge you to continue looking outside the Republican Bubble ... I'm sure there will be "Change in November" ... because the general populace are not smart enough to see the obstructionist game the Republicans have been playing for the last two years ....
Ground Chuck August 04, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Love New York myself. Trust me, there are more moderates than you think who lean conservative. That is who put Obama in the White House. Too bad Dems don't understand the fact that the population of liberals and minorities cannot alone elect a President. That populace you speak of has pretty much had enough of an inexperienced President and a Congress on both sides that cannot accomplish anything. Raising taxes is inevitable, but guess what? They've already been raised on those of us in the Middle Class in the form of higher costs associated with MASSIVE new regulations and hidden costs within the economy.

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