Don’t Turn a Chicken Sandwich into Public Gay Enemy Number One, Says Log Cabin Republican Executive Director


Log Cabin Republican Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper weighs in on the Chick-fil-A controversy in a HuffPost piece:

Rclarke_cooperTurning a chicken sandwich into Public Gay Enemy Number One makes LGBT people look superficial, vindictive and juvenile — everything that we as a community have worked hard to overcome. Remember, employers don't want drama queens on the payroll, military service is serious business, and marriage is not a right society grants to spoiled children. While in a perfect world our equality should not depend on our good behavior, in a world where our rights too often hinge on political reality, the way our movement conducts itself matters.

The "movable middle" moves both ways, and they don't like seeing people attacked relentlessly for their religion. Whatever the nuances, these voters see a man standing up for his beliefs against a politically powerful mob dead-set on driving him out of business. It's un-American, and when fellow conservatives are finally standing up and speaking out for marriage equality as consistent with the sober values of responsibility and commitment, splashing a popular American company with metaphorical chicken blood in protest is nothing less than friendly fire.

Even if marriage equality activists "won" and Chick-fil-A went out of business tomorrow, what would be gained? True, some businesses may hesitate to donate to antigay causes in the future, but LGBT people would have handed antigay organizations a weapon better than money can buy — confirmation that gay people really are the thought police, willing and able to use the power of the state to impose our will on oppressed social conservatives.

Reminder: Tomorrow is Mike Huckabee's 'Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day'.


  1. ChristopherM says

    Yes, because $10 million in donations to anti-gay groups is just “superficial”. This is why the Log Cabin Republicans are about as relevant to politics as Rich Little is to modern comedy.

  2. says

    You know, I don’t think we need any lectures from a group of people who fail to recognize that a mere 3 months ago it was Christians who said Christians should boycott Starbucks because of their public stance on gay marriage.

    I don’t think anyone has missed the fact that the same politicians aligned with National Organization of Marriage (Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, etc.) are the very ones who touted the boycott on Starbucks and are now the very ones who are opposing the boycott on Chik-Fil-A.

    The matter of the fact is that NOM had an axe to grind with Starbucks, and thought Dan Cathy would be a good axe grinder.

    They were wrong….again.

  3. says

    Too bad this failed message comes from the gay republicans, who “make lgbt people” (scratch that – they make Gay White Men…) look like testicle-deprived doormats who never learned how to stand up to their bigoted piece-of-s**t Conservative families.

    yeah. we’re the “thought police”. just like those awful brown folks that Gay Republicans hate who were oh-so-“though police” a few decades ago when they dared to suggest that racial bigotry was, like, totes a bad thing.

    we get it, LCR – you cut off your balls to earn pithy tolerance. the rest of us who have a modicum of integrity will not join you in such a cowardly act, but y’all are free to keep it up.

  4. kpo5 says

    PS to Cooper – the only ones being ‘drama queens’ are the ones who have to write a press release every time Dan Savage opens his mouth. They spend more time apologizing for our ‘bad behavior’ than they do taking a political position on the topics at hand.

  5. TooBoot says

    This guy wants to take us back to the McCarthy era, when the Homophile movers were asked to be nice. Well, we’re in the 21st Century, the time for niceties is long gone. Most who support us, do so with the same disgust and anger that we feel. Go Proud come off as a bunch of self-hating Uncle Toms and I for one will not take direction from them!

  6. MrRoboto says

    Hah! As if LCR and their GoProud stepsiblings don’t have the race for Public Gay Enemy Number One cornered for themselves. Chick-Fil-A was never in the medals hunt for that one.

  7. Rick says

    There is a fallacy in his statement that hitting this company amounts to friendly fire. Yes, there are some voices speaking up or marriage equality as a conservative value. But this company is decidedly NOT one of those voices. They are not ‘friendly’ — so rejecting their homophobic ideology and financial contributions could not possibly be construed as ‘friendly fire.’

  8. curt says

    More willful ignorance by the LCR. We are not making a chicken sandwich public enemy #1. We have a company that is actively funding groups that work to deny me rights and getting a tax break for these dollars. I don’t think we are under the impression that we are going to drive them out of business, either. I would also love to hear his take on the various “family values” republicans that are making a big show of supporting chick-fil-a…nothing “in your face, homos!” about that!

  9. Martinorocks says

    No ones trying to drive the bigoted Chic-Fil-A out of business but we have a right to protest. The Hukabees, Palins and Santorums of the Republican Party promote boycotts of their own so the LGBT community should actively protest hate and intolerance wherever it rears its ugly face.

  10. Miguel R says

    Turning a chicken sandwich into Public Gay Enemy Number…makes Chick-Fil-A look really bad. Let’s be clear: Chick-Fil-A turned a chicken sandwich into a Gay Enemy, NOT the gays.

  11. Axelrod says

    Log Cabin and GOProud are nothing more than groups of self loathing queers who care less about the LGBT cause and more about their master’s money. You people are doing a disservice to your own kind and is really shameful that you would support the party that doesn’t care about you. So you go ahead and enjoy that bag of hate filled with dry chicken and even drier bun and pickle. It’s your support of this hate that makes the rest of the LGBT community pity you.

  12. Michaelandfred says

    Why would we expect him to understand, he still has more in common with Sarah Palin than the rest of us. His sexuality makes him gay, being a republican makes him an asshat and obviously as unable to use reasoning skills as the rest of conservatives.

    Nobody wants Chick Fil A to go out of business, just change the way they do business and to whom they give financial support. The choice is totally theirs. Don’t blame the messenger. Now run along and deny climate change and evolution and leave the civil rights struggles to those of us intelligent enough to understand what’s going on.

  13. says

    it does, however, serve as a perfect example of exactly what pressures anti-gay culture does to the weak and the wounded.

    look at what that pathetic man has been reduced to.

    those who don’t have the orbs to stand and fight give cowardly and intellectually dishonest excuses.

    learn something, young’uns. this is what a modern-day eunuch looks and talks like.

    gay republicans also fail to accept the reality that they have a zero-percent success rate with convincing their own conservative peers to support LGBT Equality. right. it’s use liberals gays that are to blame for the fact that……all the conservatives you’re friends with don’t think you deserve equality. yeah. keep telling yourself that sugar. it’s also lady gaga’s fault nobody wants to f**k you, too. i’m sure.

  14. RReilly says

    Internal Cooper Monologue: “They may hate me… but they’re rich! Perhaps if I slaver at their feet with sufficient deference, someday they will deign to admit me to their realm!”

    Slavish acolyte.

  15. John says

    So because they boycotted pro-gay businesses, we should boycott anti-gay ones? Why let the anti-gay groups set the tone of dialogue?

    Three months ago people thought it was stupid and silly for them to boycott Starbucks, JC Penney, etc. so why is a boycott not stupid now?

    If you want to stoop to using the tactics that you were criticizing three months ago, then fine. But don’t insult those that don’t want to participate in your boycott.

    I think this Chick-Fil-A flap is silly. I don’t agree with the LCR’s reasoning, but ultimately I think that this particular boycott is useless and will not help or change anything.

    We’ve known that Chick-Fil-A donates to the AFA for quite some time now. So why this boycott has just now taken full force is confusing. The only difference between then and now is that this time the man expressed his personal religious belief. While you certainly do not have to agree with him or even find his beliefs acceptable, I should that you could at least be respectful. You can’t demand respect when you don’t give respect.

    If you don’t want to eat there, then don’t. Sort of like if anti-gay people don’t like gay marriage, they shouldn’t get one. But to will something out of existence simply because you don’t like it or agree with it is wrong. And that wrongness is the centerpiece of our argument in favor of LGBT equality. If you’d rather undermine efforts that have been made for LGBT advancement an demonstrate that we don’t take our own arguments seriously, then that’s on you. But just realize what you’re doing and the harm it causes to the LGBT movement.

    At the end of the day, nothing will change except we will have given the far right some more ammunition to criticize the left while failing to see their own hypocrisy.

  16. Danny says

    The Chicken sandwich is officially the public enemy number 2, the number one enemy are the gay republicans. This guy is basically defending those who are invested in denying equal rights to all.

  17. Homo Genius says

    The thing is that Chik-Fil- A has been an “issue” for a long time. It simply became “news” in the past month.

    It isnt simply the donations. The company has an ANTI-GAY stance. IE, gay people need not apply. Then there is also the issue of the CEO making statement after statement. Even if they werent giving money the company is still homophobic. Think Denny’s and Blacks.

  18. says

    i call your bluff, John.

    you think this boycotting and pressure on chick-fil-a will “do harm to the LGBT movement?”

    ten bucks says you can’t intellectually articulate specifically *how* and likely can’t put a face to your claims, either.

    you speak like a true cowardly troll.

    right. “respect” you’re asking us to respect the specific belief of someone that is INHERENTLY DISRESPECTFUL.

    just because you never grew a pair doesn’t mean the rest of us have to give up ours. we like ’em, thanks.

  19. says

    Another gay Republican who hates himself so much that he sees nothing wrong in supporting a company that gives money to groups whose members would have us killed if they could get away with it.

  20. Rob says

    The light of day has been shown on the chicken people. They believe that because of the gays, God is going to smite this nation. What a fricking stupid thing to say.
    Do they have a scrap of proof that this will happen. Did the chicken man sit down and have a Starbucks Latte with the almighty. No and No. The chicken man is an arrogant fool. Actions and words have consequences, so let the market decide the fate of the chicken people and their company.

  21. Icebloo says

    What is wrong with these idiot Grubs (Gay Republicans) ?!!! Why are they so weak and spineless ? These morons are the reason we don’t have equal rights. If we all stuck together we would have more power but these attentions-seeking fools want to be different just to get more attention from Mummy and Daddy.
    Stupid people like this should not be allowed to vote.

  22. Gigi says

    If you looked up the word “simpering” in the encyclopedia, guess whose face you’d see beside the definition? Cooper is a sniveling, self-loathing little sycophant who has and will never fit in anywhere. The Gays don’t want him, the Rethugs don’t want him, GOProud doesn’t want him…he’s all alone in the big, bad world. In the words of my gal pal Sarah, “Buck up!” He needs to grow a pair. If Dan Cathy had donated millions of dollars to the KKK and Neo-Nazi groups would he be telling black people to just hush up and Eat More Chickn?

  23. Shelly says

    Much as I generally loathe these guys, I agree with them on this one. Mind you, I’ve been boycotting Chik-Fil-A for the last nineteen years that I’ve lived in the south to be aware of their existence and I will continue to do so until they cease and desist funding our opponents to the tune of millions of dollars a year. Trouble is, THAT legitimate concern is getting lost in the shuffle and this boycott is widely perceived — in some cases even by the boycotters and public allies themselves, to say nothing of our adversaries and the public at large — as being about the private beliefs of an individual rather than about the real harm this organization is doing.

    I think this mischaracterization of concern arose primarily because widespread media attention/public awareness of this (long-ongoing) boycott followed on the heels of Cathy’s recent public statements, so that’s primarily where the focus has been. If we were better able to articulate the core of our concerns to the public at large than we have been, then I’d be overjoyed. As it is, the widespread perception seems to be that this is about the private beliefs of an individual, so you have this backlash against “thought police bullies” on the one hand and sympathetic politicians advocating for the power to block businesses based on the private beliefs of their owners which looks like a dangerous precedent for all of us.

  24. Jeff says

    The sandwich is fine. The company is evil. Ergo I am not buying the sandwich to fund the company. But thanks Log Cabin Republicans for playing our home game.

  25. Luke says

    @Stephan, they’ve done much more than that. They donate millions of dollars to anti-gay hate groups. If you want to give your money to a business that will in turn give it to groups who want to block your civil rights, then be my guest. Why not just donate your money directly to NOM? Same thing buddy.

    “marriage is not a right society grants to spoiled children” – WTF does this even mean?

    “they don’t like seeing people attacked relentlessly for their religion” – Ugh. The rest of us gays don’t like being attacked relentlessly for being gay. It’s nice to know that LCR is more concerned about religious folk’s right to denigrade us than they are about fighting for our freedoms.

  26. TJ says

    Dear R. Clarke Cooper:

    Go f*ck yourself. Likewise, your apologists on this thread.


    The rest of you, watch this video. And tomorrow, ask for water.

  27. says

    the apologists on this thread, like Cooper, are intellectually stunted fools.

    you know why *my* religious denomination never gets attacked? we give people no reason for attacking us.

    “united church of canada – not f***ing your children since 1925″ 😉

    yup. a person uses their religious beliefs to donate money to causes that promote prejudice and bigotry and divisiveness and then cries “victim!” when they get called out for it. and then boys with no balls who still beg for Bigotty Family Approval say “yeah, i’m not like those thought-police gays! i won’t upset you!”

    and that’s why you’re still crawling on your bellies in the mud.

    in other news, the USA has a freakin’ obesity problem. maybe we can take solace seeing that the people who will “continue” to support chick-fil-a will likely have some artery clogging to deal with in their near futures. so, yay.

  28. barryearle says

    This is an ironic commentary coming from a man who wrote a whole column lamenting the decision by that even more American icon: the boy scouts. In fact, both situations are important in the struggle for full equality. While Chick-fil-A can do whatever it wants with its money, it’s still working against a minority whose rights are suppose to be protected by the Constitution. If Mr. Clarke feels it’s okay for a business to use its money to further discrimination while it’s not okay for the boy scouts to discriminate, I think he needs to rethink his position. They are one and the same issue. But I suspect Republicans get money from Chick-fil-A but not from the boy scouts. As a wise man once said: follow the money.

  29. Bart says

    No amount of ridiculous verbage (a chicken sandwich, really, Mr. Cooper? You think that’s what we’re fighting? You’re an idiot…you know EXACTLY who we’re fighting, the man getting rich from that company) from this candy-ass can change facts. As if being the clown who sweeps up after the elephants isn’t embarrassing and degrading enough for Mr. Cooper, he is laughably going to lecture people who haven’t voluntarily tied themselves to the post to be beaten by their masters about not picking on one of his?

    What or who is Mr. Cooper afraid of? Sorry pal, they fired the first shot, we fired back. I suggest you stop lecturing us, we think you’re mealy and wormy anyway and this only adds to that perception. I suggest you spend the next year of your life, eating Chik-A-Fil and apologizing to the owner while you lick his shoes clean of the grease he steps in at his restaurants. It would be more productive for you and your ilk.

  30. AG says

    The non-stop anti-Chick-fil-A hysteria by left-wing fascists on this website made me and my boyfriend of 7 years to visit the closest Chick-fil-A location to Boston. It was rather far, but I had to do it to stand up to you, the gay fascist mob. By the way, the chicken sandwiches are delicious, and Chick-fil-A was by far the most popular eatery in the food court of that suburban mall. For your information, both my boyfriend and I are atheists, and we strongly support gay marriage. But the hateful, intolerant left-wing mob must be shown its place.

  31. AG says

    After my boyfriend and I had our delicious meal I called up my dad to tell him and he said “So, what? I still don’t love you, you f@g”

    Then I called my mom and said “Guess what? The boyfriend and I just ate at Chick-Fil-A to show those fascist gay leftists that we’re not like them!” and she replied “Do you think I care? You’re a pathetic homosexual and I don’t love you and you eating chicken sandwiches doesnt’ change my opinion that you’re a worthless c**sucker.”

    My family i awesome! Yay Republicans!

  32. AG says

    Stupid liberals. It’s not fascist to deny people rights and freedoms because of one religious belief. It’s fascist to boycott an organization that supports denying right and freedoms to people based on one religious belief.

    You liberals are stupid. My boyfriend and I love being atheists who eat chicken because our families don’t accept us.

  33. Derek says

    “First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—
    because I was not a communist;
    Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
    because I was not a socialist;
    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
    because I was not a trade unionist;
    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
    because I was not a Jew;
    Then they came for me—
    and there was no one left to speak out for me.”
    ― Martin Niemöller

  34. says

    The Log Cabin Republican’s press releases are reading more and more like Onion parodies, garnished with lies about the gay-friendliness of their fellow Republicans, who reject tools like Cooper over and over again, yet they still come back for more, begging for scraps. Pathetic.

    Chick-Fil-A donates millions to organizations that seek to deprive us of our civil and constitutional rights. (Handful of Moms etc. are free to boycott JC Penney, or Starbucks, or Amazon, or whatever they want, but none of those companies is seeking to deprive anyone of a single civil right.) The only strange thing would be to want them in our neighborhoods. Fortunately, I live where Chick-Fil-A would never dare to venture, but if they tried, I’d expect anyone who values equality to speak out against them.

  35. John says


    I’m hardly a troll. I’ve been reading and commenting here for years.

    As I said before by playing the same hypocritical game that the far right plays, you damage the movement’s reputation. You can call the far right extremists names and belittle their beliefs, but that sort of thing only strengthens their resolve. The real outreach must be down to those in the middle. They don’t have the strong feelings of either side and tend to dislike the negativity.

    Of course, the negativity is coming from both sides but a failure to capture the middle means a failure to change the status quo. Recognition of LGBT equality would be a change in the status quo so we have to overcome even more.

    To make matters worse, Brian, who I was originally responding to originally leveled his criticism at Christians generally rather than at the anti-gay extremists who are the ones to blame. It’s unfair to generalize about an entire religion based on the beliefs of a few. There are several pro-LGBT denominations and many have been very vocal about their support of the LGBT movement. To paint this as a gay vs Christian issue would be an oversimplification that lacks the nuance to be useful in discussing ways to move forward. Again, we aren’t going to change the minds of the extremists but we can win support from those in the middle who really have no vested interest in the subject. But when Christianity as a whole becomes the enemy, those in the middle who are not LGBT but are Christian see it as an attack on them because you’ve (incorrectly) framed it that way. That does harm because it turns potential allies into enemies.

    Of course the harm isn’t tangible like money, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

    I said you don’t have I agree with the beliefs, but it’s common decency to treat others with respect. Just because someone has done something mean to you doesn’t make it right to do it back to them. I think most of us were taught that as children.

  36. Nick says

    I don’t really understand what it is that the LCR does stand for. If they don’t support gay marriage, and they don’t support NOT saying incendiary anti-gay comments, what DO they stand for? What’s the point?

  37. Zlick says

    Maybe I’ve missed something, but I haven’t even heard a call for a boycott of Chik-fil-A. The things in the news have been city officials putting up the “not welcome” sign, some of them back-peddling on that, and others coming out against such a thing. Henson company pulls out of toy contract, Chik-fil-A retaliates with “safety” allegations. Other PR tactics alleged to include fake facebook accounts, but PR efforts by Chik-fil-A only backfire and fail. Within a week, its PR head dies of a heart attack.

    For about a week, the dispute over Mr. Cathy’s remarks rages in the press and, frankly, brings up some interesting points on both sides. But in all that, I’ve never heard a call for a formal boycott. Is there one? Did I miss that?

    Gays have, for the most part, been personally boycotting Chik-fil-A forever. Who issued a call for a larger boycott and where can I find that – if it exists? (As in, cough-cough, I don’t think it does.)

  38. Zlick says

    Maybe I’ve missed something, but I haven’t even heard a call for a boycott of Chik-fil-A. The things in the news have been city officials putting up the “not welcome” sign, some of them back-peddling on that, and others coming out against such a thing. Henson company pulls out of toy contract, Chik-fil-A retaliates with “safety” allegations. Other PR tactics alleged to include fake facebook accounts, but PR efforts by Chik-fil-A only backfire and fail. Within a week, its PR head dies of a heart attack.

    For about a week, the dispute over Mr. Cathy’s remarks rages in the press and, frankly, brings up some interesting points on both sides. But in all that, I’ve never heard a call for a formal boycott. Is there one? Did I miss that?

    Gays have, for the most part, been personally boycotting Chik-fil-A forever. Who issued a call for a larger boycott and where can I find that – if it exists? (As in, cough-cough, I don’t think it does.)

  39. our customers won't know how to pronounce fillet says

    The chickens over at Log Cabin sound scared. All that pathetic clucking! What if it turns out that all the right wing boycotts failed and without even calling for a boycott Chick Fillet’s business was impacted? It would show who has the power.

    I decided to spell fillet correctly instead of phonetically just to confuse the bigots.

    That fried chicken on white bread with mayo and a slice of cheese looks very easy to resist to me. Maybe that exec that had a heart attack had it because he ate there.

  40. Bernie says

    I have never understood the oxymoron of being gay and being a Republican. This article confirms what I have always said, being gay and Republican is moronic, err I mean rather oxymoron. It sounds like the Log Cabin has swallowed the Republican kool aid and its own internalized homophobia.

  41. Bernie says

    I have never understood the oxymoron of being gay and being a Republican. This article confirms what I have always said, being gay and Republican is moronic, err I mean rather oxymoron. It sounds like the Log Cabin has swallowed the Republican kool aid and its own internalized homophobia.

  42. Tarc says

    And why shouldn’t we make Chik-Fil-A a magnificent example of how gay folks and their allies WILL speak with their dollars and will not accept businesses acting in a bigoted manner. From now on, it’s not acceptable.

  43. NVTodd says

    If you haven’t heard about a boycott of Chick-Fil-A, you must have been living under a rock for the last what, 25 + years.

    Back in the late 80’s we were boycotting Chick-Fil-A and Cracker Barrel.

    I’m disappointed in gay people who give their money to our enemies. The most fundamental right is our right to vote with our $’s.

    USE IT.

  44. Tarc says

    @AG – Nonsense. And hey, even if you actually understood what fascist means, it’d still be nonsense. Boycotting a restaurant because it violates personal, national, and moral values is a duty. It’s extra strange because you obviously don’t understand what liberalism is, nor fascism (which is the reverse of liberalism). And as a moderate independent, you can’t even take a go at me for for being biased. Read something for goodness sake.

  45. Matt says

    I’m confused by Democrats who are confused by gay Republicans. Being a member of a political party does not mean that you agree with everything in the national party platform. Gay Democrats should know this since it wasn’t until THIS WEEK that the Democrats voted to include marriage equality in its platform (well, technically it’s not official yet, but whatever).

    While the Democrats certainly are far friendlier to gays than Republicans, they historically (and, in the case of many individual Democratic politicians, currently) have not been completely pro-LGBT. There are political parties who are 100% pro-LGBT and aren’t afraid to include that in their platform, like the Green Party and the Socialist Party.

    If, as Tarc suggests, it’s a duty to be against those that violate personal, national, and moral duties, then why are so many gays voting for Democrats instead of truly pro-LGBT parties?

    You can rationalize all you want, but when you do, to my far left ears, you sound just like the Log Cabin Republicans trying to rationalize their support of the Republican Party.





  47. Tom in long beach says

    What an “Uncle Tom”!!! Cares more about a fast food chain than his own community. Embarrassed by people standing up to repression in the name of religion! Freedom of religion is limited to how one worships and believes. Not using politics to prevent people you disagree with from having equal rights.

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