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As Chicago Chick-fil-A Owner Requests Emanuel Meeting, Teens Protest Chain In California: VIDEO


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's announcement that "Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values" and opposition to the fast food franchise's expansion there because of CEO Dan Cathy's anti-gay politics really ruffled some feathers.

Lauren Silich, the owner of Chicago's sole Chick-fil-A, is asking Emanuel to have a sit down to iron things out.

The Chicago Tribune reports:

[Silich] invited Emanuel to meet her, her husband and management staff at her restaurant. The mayor's office had no immediate response.

In an interview today, Silich addressed Emanuel's comments. "I get it," Silich said in an interview. "I’m from here as well."

"I just want people to know there’s a local face to this controversy," she added. "We’re not a corporate face. We love our city."

In a letter sent to the media, Silich also said that she and her staff are committed "serving all of our guests with honor, dignity and respect." She went on to highlight Chick-fil-A's immediate economic impact: "We alone created 97 jobs this past year and our passion is building leaders for future generations, regardless of sexual orientation or beliefs."

Will Emanuel meet with Silich or will he be a scaredy cat. (What, did you think I'd go with chicken?)

In other Chick-fil-A news, a group of teen activists from Youth Empowered to Act joined forced with GLAAD to protest the grand opening of a new location in Laguna Hills, California. Watch an NBC report on the protest and see some other images AFTER THE JUMP.




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  1. This article has spelling errors.

    Glad to see the unity for a good cause (aka against CFA)

    Posted by: reality | Jul 26, 2012 3:29:33 PM

  2. I feel and for the franchise owner. That's a rough spot to be in. I'd definitely be looking for a way to jump off that sinking ship. Chick Fil-A pretty much guaranteed that it will remain a 'red state' chain.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 26, 2012 3:31:01 PM

  3. Rahm is meeting with Louis Farrakhan today . You know Louis, the guy who preached against Michael Jackson because he was so faggoty.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Jul 26, 2012 3:40:06 PM

  4. Whoops, with nine (9) 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-NINE chicken stories on the first four pages here I see Calypso Louie was already covered. No need to tell me to Cluck-off.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Jul 26, 2012 3:50:04 PM

  5. I dare say that the Franchise owners are probably giving corporate headquarters an ear full... as in "What the F#*K?" This is still a private company though so hard to say if they'll sacrifice profits for dogma - but if I were a Franchise owner I would be searching for breach of contract or something. Corporate definitely isn't helping their Franchise owners. Then again, apparently the franchise agreement says they won't be open on Sunday...

    As a related aside, it is hilarious to hear the right wing do what they do so well... WHINE... in this case about consumer boycotts... When they target J.C. Penny, Disney, etc. it is exercise of religious freedom... when marriage equality minded folk target bigots all of a sudden it is economic blackmail, intolerance and bigotry. Don't they realize how ridiculous they are? Apparently not...

    Posted by: MikeH | Jul 26, 2012 4:00:51 PM

  6. i'm very glad chick-fil-a is sticking to values.... we cann it holly matramony...not sinful matramony. mr.Cathy believe in true christian marriage and so do i..and just like you we deserve freedom of speech and religion and we choose to believe that christain marriage isn't Gay! hate me and boycott all you want...but i myself own a gun (anotther great right!) and you'll plat HEll (ltterly) trying to shut down chick-Fil-a as long as millions belive in god and hold real christian values!

    Posted by: kathy garrett | Jul 26, 2012 4:02:54 PM

  7. If the franchise owner is so concerned, then should instead be requesting a meeting with her corporate overlords, explaining to them how their bigotry is hurting her ability to sell waffle fires. You cannot serve your guests with "honor, dignity and respect" while telling them they have a "deprived mind" and their loving relationships are sick and twisted. As long as she is a franchise owner, she is part of the problem. One chooses to be a member of a hate group.

    Posted by: Tamika | Jul 26, 2012 4:03:28 PM

  8. Dear Kathy,

    Maybe you should trade in your gun for an education? Your post appears to be a series of letters trying in vain to form real words.

    Posted by: Brian | Jul 26, 2012 4:06:02 PM

  9. The "local" face is one that supports the chain's hateful policies.

    The franchise owners knew what they were signing up for when they opened the franchise.

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Jul 26, 2012 4:06:10 PM

  10. No one needs to be too concerned with the franchise owners. They were well aware of the corporate culture and values of ChikFilA before they signed on. For many of them, the homophobia and hate were the very reasons they decided to align themselves with this company, because they could openly and daily demonstrate their bigoted values with out any repercussions. Remember, folks, that it is perfectly legal in many states to fire someone because they are gay, and ChikFilA does indeed fire workers who are gay, and have been doing so for many, many years.

    Posted by: Tamika | Jul 26, 2012 4:11:49 PM

  11. Just saw the mayor of Boston is backtracking already (probably after talking with the legal team) and The View gals all are saying the owner of a fast food chain can believe what the F he wants to. Don't eat there but you can't stop him from legally and lawfully expanding.
    Makes sense to me and probably 99.9% of the country.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Jul 26, 2012 4:16:59 PM

  12. Oh lookie, a Christianist troll found "her" way to Towleroad!!

    Welcome, Kathy Garrett. Let's go over a few things-- in small words so you understand:

    Marriage is NOT uniquely Christian. Or even religious. Marriage is a LEGAL and FINANCIAL arrangement, you idiot. You're confusing it with religious WEDDING ceremonies. Which weren't even common until the churches figured out that they could make money from holding weddings in their buildings.

    The MARRIAGE contract is a civil agreement. How do we know this, Kathy? Because if you need to dissolve it (that's called a DIVORCE, which, if you're a Fundamentalist, you're probably familiar with-- since fundies have the highest divorce rate of ALL religious sects, including "None"), you go to a court of law. NOT a church.

    Chik-Fil-A's owners take their profits and plow them into organizations whose sole purpose is to deny law-abiding, tax-paying US citizens the right to enter into a civil marriage contract. Which, if you believe in any of the protections of the US Constitution, should be available to ANY TWO CONSENTING ADULTS.

    But of course you being your gun ownership into this argument. So you're willing to kill people who want to get married if it offends your delicate sensitivities?!?

    If your belief system is that delicate that it can't stand change or expansion, then you don't need Chik-Fil-A sandwiches. You need strong psychotropic medication and 24-hour armed nursing care in a suitable facility.


    Posted by: One of the CA 36,000 | Jul 26, 2012 4:17:40 PM

  13. I see Markus reads the Drudge Report. Unfortunately, he doesn't read down further on this blog, where the Farrakahn thing is addressed.

    Oh and Kathy, go eat as many Chik-Fil-A burgers as your heart desires. And as you wash your fatty, greasy sandwiches down with a 64-ounce container of hate, dwell upon your superiority when your diabetes kicks in.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jul 26, 2012 4:19:22 PM

  14. Folks, I think Kathy Garrett is just a plant placed here to underscore how stupid and ignorant bigots are.

    Posted by: Danny in the East Village | Jul 26, 2012 4:20:11 PM

  15. And as far as CFA is concerned: The mayors and aldermans should NOT be prohibiting them from doing business. The owners of CFA have every right to their opinions.

    And it is perfectly fine to publicize their opinions and let the marketplace decide appropriate action. I choose to NOT eat at CFA franchises. I find their Christianist viewpoints repellent-- and their food repulsive.

    In-n-Out Burgers may also be owned by devout Christians, but they don't have any problems with their LGBTQ customers, nor do they give money to anti-LGBTQ causes. And the burgers are good. I have no problem with them at all.

    CFA can go to Hell.

    Posted by: One of the CA 36,000 | Jul 26, 2012 4:22:26 PM

  16. If local franchise owners don't share the bigoted values of Chick-Fil-A, I feel for them, though one wonders why they chose to tie themselves to such a blatantly anti-gay organization to begin with. Were Chick-Fil-A's values hidden from them? Nothing wrong with dialogue, however, even if that won't change anything regarding Cathy's discrimination-supporting company.

    "Holly matramony" Kathy? Is that a wedding at Christmas time? Deck the halls, girl!

    Posted by: Ernie | Jul 26, 2012 4:24:01 PM

  17. This backlash Chick-fil-A has received is sweet. This is showing me that we are actually making progress and more and more people are truly starting to get it.

    Posted by: Francis | Jul 26, 2012 4:24:32 PM

  18. Miss Markette:
    A municipality has many mechanisms to deny a business from existing or expanding. If cities and towns choose to deny business licenses to people who fan the flames of violence and assault, then hooray for them.

    Posted by: Tamika | Jul 26, 2012 4:26:06 PM

  19. Reading Kathy's comment...I'm reassured. This is what we're up against my friends. Do we need to know more? Can't spell, can't eat right, can't get through life without posturing. It's not a winning recipe for success in anything really....esp. a battle with us and our supportive friends who, for the most part...know how to spell.

    Posted by: Paul B. | Jul 26, 2012 4:27:41 PM

  20. “I feel for Lauren Silich . . . but throughout history people have often found themselves on the wrong side of change. From the inception of this nation we have labored to live up to a fraction of the Utopian ideologies penned in the Declaration of Independence, and have fallen grossly short.

    As change has slowly crept across the land and time, people like Lauren Silich were bound to be inconvenienced when Blacks were emancipated, when women got the vote, and when Blacks insisted on their civil rights.

    Lauren's restaurant may be privately owned, but she had to pass muster with the Cathy family corporation to obtain her franchise. During the drawn out process of obtaining the Chick-Fil-A franchise must have come away with a very clear idea of the corporation she decided to buy into. Yes?

    How many centuries in the Land of the Free and The Brave have gays been stigmatized, brutalized, bullied, fired from their jobs, kicked out their homes, and found themselves on the wrong side of the GREAT American history?

    Sorry to say Lauren, but that is life. Instead of expanding your little kingdom under its homophobic banner, may I suggest you buy into another franchise, and slowly, steadily work yourself unto the right side of history?

    We are not going to stop fighting for our rights just because you decided to invest your time, money, and energy putting money into a corporation that is fighting to keep us down.”

    Posted by: Ricco | Jul 26, 2012 4:31:14 PM

  21. Markus is a republican, he reads that and fox blogs.

    But being real I don't think you can stop them from opening a new store. We need to keep people from eating there, drive them into the ground.

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Jul 26, 2012 4:34:24 PM

  22. Dear Kathy,

    I am very happy for you that you own a gun. I would also be happy for you if you acquired (look it up) a dictionary.

    There are even dictionary websites you can go to.

    Oh, and "God" should have a capital "G." You get the capital by pressing the shift key and the G key at the same time.

    I will say a Rosary (Shift+R) for you.

    Posted by: Kevin | Jul 26, 2012 5:03:51 PM

  23. The franchise owner should send a strongly worded message to other franchise owners and the corporate office advising them of her outrage in regards. If she wants to put a local face on it.

    Posted by: Guest | Jul 26, 2012 5:05:03 PM

  24. I just drove by the brand new Lake Forest location photgraphed and there was a man holding up a sign that read " homosexuals are criminals" people need to wake up to this sanctioned hate.

    Posted by: Lawrence | Jul 26, 2012 5:07:35 PM

  25. Does corporate HQ know about her beliefs? Chick-Fil-A does extensive background checks and requires people to sign statements of faith to ensure that all people in management position have the "correct" religious beliefs and are in line with company policies. She couldn't be a franchise owner if she hadn't signed on to the company agenda at some point. Which also includes discriminating against gay employees.

    Posted by: Steve | Jul 26, 2012 5:38:12 PM

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