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If You're Eating Chick-Fil-A, You're Eating Anti-Gay


Jeremy Hooper at Good As You points out that teh restaurant chain Chick-fil-A is sponsoring two marriage conferences in the South-Central Pennsylvania region run by the state's most prominent anti-gay, anti-equality group. addsChickfila

The Pennsylvania Family Institute has been a leading opponent of marriage equality, and has condemned the expansion of civil rights for same-sex couples. Speaking to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the group's president, Michael Geer, said that gay marriage is not moral, and should be put up for a vote rather than decided by courts or legislatures.

"The only way that we can get the people to decide this issue is through the ballot box," Geer said. "Marriage as defined as between a man and a woman has proven to be the best for the health, education and welfare of children."

And that's a mild statement coming from Geer. As more and more states have moved to legalize same-sex marriage, Geer has stated that unless Pennsylvania adopts a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, it could be forced to accept same-sex couples as equals.

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  1. Chick-Fil-A is a Catholic family-owned company and has been since its inception (ever wonder why they don't work on Sundays?) No big shock to see them sponsor an event like this.

    Posted by: Bill T | Jan 4, 2011 11:19:22 AM

  2. Anyone eating at Chick-Fil-A that doesn't already know they are a hyper-Christian company has poor observational skills. They're about the only place that actually closes on Sunday without being forced to by local blue laws.

    To those people who didn't know about Chick-Fil-A, heads up; so are Hobby Lobby, Waffle House, Cracker Barrel, and In-n-Out Burger.

    Posted by: fhrblig | Jan 4, 2011 11:22:31 AM

  3. Who would eat Chick-Fil-A anyway? It's repulsive. The only time I had the great honor of sampling their spongey slop was when I was stuck in Indianapolis Airport. Let's just say that the sandwich stayed with me for a while...

    Posted by: Andalusian Dog | Jan 4, 2011 11:24:19 AM

  4. They go much further anti-gay then then the Pennsylvania Family Institute. They have direct ties to Focus on the Family, FRC and AFA also.

    Posted by: Jeff | Jan 4, 2011 11:39:44 AM

  5. @Bill T: The owners/founders of Chick-Fil-A are Southern Baptist, not Catholic. I grew up in Atlanta, where they are based, and their church affiliation is well-known there.

    Posted by: james | Jan 4, 2011 11:45:30 AM

  6. Everyone in Georgia already knows that chickfila makes walmart look pro-gay. Not sure how this is news. In fact, the Cathy's are SOUTHERN BAPTIST not Catholic lol, and when baptist Barry College in Rome, GA approved a GSA, Dan Cathy stepped in and told the administrators that if they allow them to meet on campus or use any campus resources officially, the Cathy's would pull millions from the private school. So in Rome we have an officially approved by the Student Government Association student organization which cannot as much as conduct an official meeting under a tree with any support from the administrators.

    When i sat on the state panel for GSA Presidents, and heard this awful story from the kids trying to run a GSA at Barry, I stopped eating their immediately. I already knew they were a super Christian business because we share alma mater in this also donate millions, tho it's a public school, one of my classrooms is wallpapered with that mans nasty old face, and scriptures, because their actual motto or mission statement is a scripture.

    Posted by: Drew Murray | Jan 4, 2011 11:48:17 AM

  7. I moved to Texas a year ago from SoCal, and finally tried a Chick-Fil-A after hearing so many locals wax adoringly abou how wonderful it is.

    I fail to see what all the hoopla is about. So many calories, so little flavor.

    Reading this makes me want to ask for my money back.

    Posted by: Andy | Jan 4, 2011 11:51:58 AM

  8. Damn, Damn, DAMN!

    Posted by: Michael W. | Jan 4, 2011 11:55:05 AM

  9. Think we should tread carefully here, the reality is that this is a conference on the sanctity of marriage under gods law in the minds of Christians who believe in the conventions of traditional marriage.

    Therefore what is wrong with a corporate sponsor rallying behind such an event if it is held by that organisation.

    I don't even live in the US or know who Chick-fil-a are but because they are promoting some thing that is encouraging something good in our society (monogamous loving relationships that aid building an example for safe family environments) but not trailered to another (equally good lifestyle)doesn't make it evil or wrong.

    Folks are entitled to have there own opinion we just have to hold strong to ours and put our efforts into the real battles facing gay people. Those battles we face in congress, our school yards, the work place, marriage/adoption rights and not at a wedding fair in Pennsylvania, Seriously.

    Posted by: Rob | Jan 4, 2011 12:06:58 PM

  10. It's very simple: just don't eat there. Trust me, you aren't missing anything.

    Posted by: niles | Jan 4, 2011 12:13:04 PM

  11. Rob, if you think that these people are only interested in marriage, you're delusional. If they succeed in stripping our civil rights regarding marriage equality, all those other areas will be attacked too. In fact, they ARE being attacked.

    People are entitled to have their own opinions. People are also entitled to spend their money where they please.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jan 4, 2011 12:14:41 PM

  12. I dont understand why this is really news worthy...many companies in the US are not gay friendly and support conservative and ultra-conservative causes. Big deal! Now eat your chicken nuggets cause you know you like them!

    Posted by: Lloyd | Jan 4, 2011 12:21:26 PM

  13. This sucks because Chick-Fil-A is awesome.

    Posted by: Trip S | Jan 4, 2011 12:23:48 PM

  14. Drew and James are totally correct - and as a fellow lifelong Atlantan, I'm surprised the Southern Poverty Law Center hasn't designated CFA as a hate group that sells chicken.

    Posted by: Craig Combs | Jan 4, 2011 12:27:52 PM

  15. What gay man would eat there? its very unhealthy

    Posted by: George | Jan 4, 2011 12:33:34 PM

  16. Chick Fil A has been an open Christian supporter of causes for decades. They also donate to arts education, live performances, and numerous college scholarships. Out of the fast foods they are by far the most philanthropic.

    We are supposed to not support them but still accept their donations?

    Posted by: NYC | Jan 4, 2011 12:49:14 PM

  17. Chick-fil-a's food is amazing and I knew long before this they were a run by fundamentalist but I just can't quit them. And they actually have some of the healthiest options in fast food.

    Posted by: Xtincta | Jan 4, 2011 12:57:40 PM

  18. @ Drew Murray. Fact check. Berry College is not Baptist-related. It is independent of any religious organization. The founder, Martha Berry, was a Methodist, if I recall my Georgia history correctly. It has a fine academic reputation and a history of serving lower-income students. Every student is required to work to help put themselves through school. I am not an alum, just familiar.

    However, its ties to the Cathey family (Truett Cathey is the founder of Chick-Fil-A) are very tight. I am not surprised the family influenced the college this way.

    A cruise to the Chick-Fil-A website indicates that the corporation tends to sponsor sporting events, including a bowl game in Atlanta each year. Local franchisees can sponsor events locally at their own discretion. Can't tell if this event in PA is corporate or locally sponsored. If local, I am sure the corporate won't object.

    The WinShape Foundation, affiliated with Chick-Fil-A Corporation and is controlled by the Cathey family, includes strengthening marriage as one of its interests. Summer camps for low-income children and college scholarships for their employees are two other areas of support.

    Posted by: james | Jan 4, 2011 1:00:14 PM

  19. Chick-fil-a is my favorite fast-food restaurant, hands down. I had it for breakfast this morning. SO GOOD.

    Sad that they don't like the gays, but that's not enough to make me stop eating there. They do a lot of good stuff, too. I'm not a single issue voter at the ballot or with my wallet.

    Posted by: Bradford | Jan 4, 2011 1:12:11 PM

  20. @ Andalusian Dog. It's Indianapolis *International* Airport. ;-) And yes, the Chick-Fil-A Co. sucks. Gays know not to go there.

    Posted by: eric | Jan 4, 2011 1:42:18 PM

  21. @NYC: They only give college scholarships to straight kids. A kid I went to college with (Emory) was kicked out of Berry when he couldn't pay. He had been awarded a full scholarship by the school, which was donated by the Cathey family. When the owner of chick-fil-a found out that one of the scholarships was going to a gay kid, he pulled the scholarship. The kid had to transfer... granted, to a better college, but still.

    So yeah, they are very charitable... so long as you like pussy (of dick in the case you have a pussy).

    Posted by: Jon B | Jan 4, 2011 1:43:58 PM

  22. Chick-Fil-a is one of the only Christian restaurants who really practises true Christianity. They keep the sabbath holy!!! How mant hypocritical Christians go to Church with their family and then go to brunch or lunch on Sunday after Church. What about that poor waitress or cook that couldn't go to Church with their family because the "hypocritical phony Christians" are too lazy to shop on Saturday and feed their own families at home. So leave Chick alone. i applaud them for their true Christian witness. Thery loose millions of dollars a week putting their money where their mouth is. Why would you be surprised that they don't support the political gay rights movement in this God-forsaken country? Because it's against the belief system of the bible. It's not because they hate gay people. I would like to see them however began to support the ex-gay movement. It would make quite a statement. Every other corporation in America has bowed down to the snarky "gay mafia" out of fear. I wish that Chick-fil-a would send a strong statement to the world and show other corporations what they really should be doing instead of supporting the gay lobbyists who are just using gay people to promote its horrible anti-American agenda. Thanks for listening & May God Bless You...Anthony Falzarano

    Posted by: Anthony Falzarano | Jan 4, 2011 2:05:58 PM

  23. Time to boycott President Obama, too. He believes a marriage is between one man and one woman and that the issue should be left up to the states.


    Posted by: The Truth | Jan 4, 2011 2:07:41 PM

  24. There's a Chik-fil-A in NY at NYU. Here's the number to NYU's Office of Government and Community Affairs: 212.998.2400

    Posted by: Guest | Jan 4, 2011 2:24:49 PM

  25. AWW MAN! No more waffle fries for me.

    Posted by: Matt | Jan 4, 2011 2:37:00 PM

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