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Anti-Gay Chick-fil-A Action Was Big National News: VIDEO


"The lines wrapped around the malls." So says ABC News' Steve Osunsami in his report on the right-wing's "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day." Some people are so supportive of company CEO Dan Cathy and his anti-gay politics that they had two sandwiches!

Osunami's was just one of the many reports from around the country, networks and cable news channels. Watch a round up, via On Knees for Jesus, AFTER THE JUMP.

On a related note: the Los Angeles Times reports gay advocates are planning a kiss-in outside Chick-fil-A locations tomorrow to counter this right-wing display. Hopefully the mainstream media will report on that as well.

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  1. Regarding the Chick-Fil-A supporters, I have never seen so many conservative men lining up for cock-a-doodle-do.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 2, 2012 9:18:52 AM

  2. All the media reports showing massive lines at Chick-fil-a restaurants were depressing. Equally depressing was the fact that so many of the reports called it a free speech issue and failed to mention that the real reason gays and lesbians spoke out against Chick-fil-a is the WinShape Foundation's financial contributions to anti-gay organizations like Exodus and Focus on the Family.

    I guess they can have their day. In the long run, they've done irreparable damage to their brand. And fair-minded gays and their allies will be boycotting Chick-fil-a for life.

    Posted by: endo | Aug 2, 2012 9:36:16 AM

  3. *some people are so fat that they get two sandwiches every time they go through a drive thru.*

    Posted by: NeverEclipsed81 | Aug 2, 2012 9:36:25 AM

  4. There are times when kiss-ins might actually do something, this is not one of them. All of that effort would be better spent writing letters and making phone calls to government officials regarding pro-LGBT causes. As Rep. Frank has pointed out time and again, demonstrations have no effect at all on politicians, and politicians are the people we really need to impact right now. People that don't think we deserve rights by now aren't going to change their minds because of a kiss-in, or even facts, that ship has sailed.

    Posted by: Eric | Aug 2, 2012 9:39:03 AM

  5. I had to think when "Huck" said, many companies give money; Starbucks, Amazon, and there's no problem with that.

    I guess that difference is that one group is working to expand rights & the other is working to restrict them.

    Bigotry masquerading as religious devotion is really, really exhausting.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Aug 2, 2012 9:39:39 AM

  6. Hick-Fil-A is lousy crap, anyway. Let them have their misguided shows of support. In the long run, we can work assiduously to ensure constant boycotts and bad-mouthing of the product.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 2, 2012 9:47:31 AM

  7. Bill O'Reilly's take on the subject was perhaps the most nauseating. He took the Boston mayor, called him a fascist who is trying to "tell people what do you" (but somehow Huckabee is not), and said that if he's going to boycott Chick-fil-A, he should also "boycott black people" (and then played the clip of the NOM pastor).

    False victim, terrible use of the word fascist, and race-baiting - all in the same minute. I guess it's just another day at the Fair and Balanced network.

    Posted by: kpo5 | Aug 2, 2012 9:49:56 AM

  8. Big News! Hordes of anti-gay people in anti-gay states think they are being noble and making a point by pulling up in their SUVs to fast-food drive-in windows and then stuffing their faces.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Aug 2, 2012 9:53:21 AM

  9. It's somewhat disappointing that the images broadcast around the world are either that of fat white conservatives stuffing their faces in the name of bigotry or over-the-top displays of public affection. Way to normalize the issue, guys.

    Posted by: Piedr | Aug 2, 2012 9:54:51 AM

  10. On the morning MSNBC show there were columnists from The NYT, Washington Post, Huff Po and the MSNBC hosts who were positively pissed at this can of worms having been opened. Not exactly a Conservative crowd.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Aug 2, 2012 9:57:39 AM

  11. The kiss-in is completely misguided and only perpetuates the myth that gays are not welcome in Chick-fil-a restaurants. They are more than happy to take your money and then donate it to anti-gay organizations working to deny you your rights.

    Posted by: endo | Aug 2, 2012 9:59:59 AM

  12. Let us face facts; This company is allowed to say and do what it wants. No amount of protest or empty grandstanding from celebrities and politicians is going to change their opinions. HOWEVER...we are entitled to not patronize them, non-violently protest their ideals and let everyone know about their beliefs.
    Remember, these are the people with the same mind set that fought to keep slavery alive, the same people who sought to create a utopian society through "the final solution". It took years to end those beliefs and it will, unfortunately, take years to fight these beliefs.
    We live in a society that thinks instant gratification takes too long, we must have patience and stick to our beliefs and the time will come when we will be able to marry and the bigots and hatters will be relegated to the "ash heap of history".

    Posted by: Iwontgrowup | Aug 2, 2012 10:05:04 AM

  13. Did you think Chick-fil-A was the only one?
    The List: Food Companies that Mix Business with Conservative Agendas

    Posted by: Janice | Aug 2, 2012 10:07:25 AM

  14. This is getting out of control and distracting from very serious disastrous economic issues and our endless wars. I'm sure the people in power in government and Wall St love this feces, anything that distracts the sheeple from deadly serious and pressing issues like the economy, war, etc.

    The hard reality is both our main political parties are in bed with big business/Wall St and the military-industrial complex. This is THE #1 issue facing this country, nothing else comes close, for non-gays and gays alike. But these so-called conservatives and so-called progressives love pulling the wool over the sheeple's eyes.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 2, 2012 10:14:21 AM

  15. Are there steps (far) too far in support of marriage equality? There are. They include supporting politicians who posture about denying First Amendment rights to gay-marriage opponents. What was yesterday? A wholly unsurprising *backlash* against over-reaching. We can't be successful if we agree with the denial of the constitutional rights of our opponents. Take this as a learning lesson, with a little humility, rather than just spewing hate at all who disagree with you. (Remember: this is exactly what you demand that those who oppose marriage equality do. How ever much you may dislike it, the obligations of good faith apply to you as well.)

    Posted by: One small problem | Aug 2, 2012 10:14:31 AM

  16. Look at the bright side you guys, at least people are debating about this issue. And acceptance for gay people always goes up whenever this is debated!

    Posted by: Anthony | Aug 2, 2012 10:23:12 AM

  17. I have no regret whatsoever that the progs are losing the culture war. Unfortunately, the gay marriage is being associated with their un-American attacks on the freedom of speech and religion.

    Posted by: AG | Aug 2, 2012 10:40:52 AM

  18. This is also the classic case where Democratic Party politicians (like Rahm Emmanuel) have sought to exploit the issue to pander to us in an unproductive way.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 2, 2012 10:42:33 AM

  19. First of all, to the conservative gays on this website------Chick-fil-A's brand approval ratings, their popularity ratings, continue to DECREASE. So any statement that the gay community and progressives are losing is false. Secondly, a ONE DAY bump in sales is not a pattern. It's called a group of people who are galvanized to make a point, and that group of people are social cons. And with most CFA restaurants located in the South, it shouldn't come as a surprise that they have a large amount of support. It's going to take months until we see if any damage has been done regarding bottom line profits regarding Chick-fil-A.

    It's actually really appalling how many seem not to get it, especially the gays sticking up for CFA or saying this isn't a big deal. Newsflash: This is one of the more public demonstrations of gay acceptance and of gay hatred we've seen in America in quite some time. This Chick-fil-A debate has created clear battle lines. And it's a battle we WILL win. Ultimately, yesterday shouldn't really mean much more to any of us outside of the knowledge that, yeah, there are a lot of people out there who are anti-gay. But we've made and continue to make progress and if we continue standing tall and speaking out, we will continue that progress.

    Posted by: Francis | Aug 2, 2012 10:51:28 AM

  20. We know what the line-up of lard-asses stewing in their own hate juices outside of Chick-Fil-A for their bigot meal will look like in the history books, and it won't be pretty.

    There's a reason why CFA is now trying to distance themselves from their anti-gay actions: they know that in the long run it's a loser for them and they're on the losing side of the culture wars. Support for marriage equality is only going to grow, which with their confirmed ties to anti-civil-rights groups, is not good news for any expansion plans CFA might have, particularly since their dubious non-discrimination record won't fly well in places with strong non-discrimination laws.

    The tide has turned and being pro-gay is the present and the future for smart corporations.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 2, 2012 11:13:25 AM

  21. Francis is right.

    And any time we need to show that there are still a lot of homophobes out there against us, all we have to do is dig up these photos of fat white people standing in line.

    The proud bigots.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Aug 2, 2012 11:15:00 AM

  22. Palin said it best: the lamestream media. This is not a first amendment right. It's discrimination. Cathy can "say" that he doesn't discriminate, that he'll "proudly serve anyone" but those are just words. Imagine if he supported the KKK or Neo-Nazi groups that said blacks and Jews shouldn't be allowed to teach our children - better yet, they should be jailed or deported. Would there have been such support? Oh jeez, maybe there would have. I need a drink.

    Posted by: Gigi | Aug 2, 2012 11:18:06 AM

  23. So why is it ok for the religious zealots to boycott Penny's and voice their opinion but it isn't ok for LGBT persons and their supporters to voice theirs and boycot chick-fil-a? So much for free speech. I guess that only applies when your speech is the same as theirs. SMH!

    Posted by: J_niel | Aug 2, 2012 12:02:35 PM

  24. So I see seem of the hypocritical bigots decided to indulge in the sin of gluttony. How surprising.

    Posted by: Logan | Aug 2, 2012 12:05:30 PM

  25. So I see seem of the hypocritical bigots decided to indulge in the sin of gluttony. How surprising.

    Posted by: Logan | Aug 2, 2012 12:05:31 PM

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