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The Chick-Fil-A Gay Kiss-Ins Have Started - Will They Help? - PHOTO


Jason King and Drew Montalvo posted this photo to their Facebook account yesterday and the early birds already have nearly 500 shares and hundreds of comments, positive and negative.

Expect to see many more like this today.

The Courage Campaign has provided a website with information on actions and Chick-fil-A restaurants in your state.

Pam Spaulding writes:

IMHO, I’m not keen on this as an effective protest tool — it’s not about our right to love (ostensibly why gay couples will be there kissing), it’s about Chick-fil-As record of anti-gay discrimination and funding of groups that want us DEAD, endorse “ex-gay” therapy, and to deny LGBTs basic civil rights. The kiss-in seems more like a stunt for shock value that the fundies will try capitalize on by tying the action to sex acts that they abhor. The “ick” factor has been one of the major issues these folks cling to, like it or not.

What about you folks? Do you see kiss-ins as an effective protest tool in this instance? And if not, what are your suggestions?

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  1. Look, no one's said it, so I'm going to...
    Those two guys are smoking hot.


    Posted by: Dave | Aug 3, 2012 10:20:05 AM

  2. We should be different than Cathy. Not make it public. Just don't eat there anymore along with our supporters.

    The kiss-in... Is only raising the hatred against us. Getting even by withholding our patronage and money is better.

    Posted by: Dale | Aug 3, 2012 10:20:15 AM

  3. Very effective action. It's called desensitizing. And all those straight women secretly love gay porn or didn't you know? We love, we kiss, we win. (Appeasers always die in history. Shame, all of you.)

    Posted by: Malo | Aug 3, 2012 10:20:16 AM

  4. At this point it is out of anyone's control. The gay community is not responsible for the actions of every gay person in America, but the news media seems to think so. We will just have to take our lumps like big boys and girls and move on, regardless of the outcome of today's public theatrics.

    Posted by: Hector | Aug 3, 2012 10:23:14 AM

  5. No, this will only hurt. Suggest someway of pointing out to them that we need their help (as blacks needed whites help in the past) to make America "a more perfect union". We cannot do it without them. Most people (in fact a majority, according to opinion polls) are reasonable and will do the right thing when they are not overtly offended (as the kiss in appears to intend to do).

    Posted by: Darren in atl | Aug 3, 2012 10:26:40 AM

  6. Of course the one had to forget his shirt. Queens wear me out sometimes.

    Posted by: D | Aug 3, 2012 10:27:47 AM

  7. Stupid and pointless. I think maybe a same sex kissing booth where they raise money to fight the kind of intolerance those groups support is way better. Hit them where it hurts, guys. This is stupid and juvenile.

    Posted by: AJ | Aug 3, 2012 10:29:07 AM

  8. Ricco, your post is nonsensical. Comparisons to the 60s and the civil rights struggle are spurious for a host of social, economic, and technological reasons. In the 1960s, AP wire imagery was provided to the public in a context controlled by the newspapes. There was no facebook right-wing echo chamber. It's made "real" reporters sloppier, which is why many stories of CFA neglect to focus on their donations, instead of merely their opinions.

    Malo, desensitization is a therapeutic device for people who know they have a problem and want to be helped. That is not the case.

    OK...I have to stop. This has already ruined my week and I don't want it to ruin my weekend.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Aug 3, 2012 10:30:09 AM

  9. I'm just glad that on the Courage Campaign website where you can click on your state to see where the Chick-Fil-A's are, my state isn't listed, because there are none.

    A successful kiss-in (lots of people) would show defiance, a little FU to the company and all the lard-asses wolfing down their chickens. But it seems mostly like a chance for gay people to post pics of themselves kissing to their friends on Facebook and addresses nothing of substance in how CFA has partnered with hate groups to deprive people of civil rights. (Though if people haven't gotten that part by now, they're stupid.) An unsuccessful kiss-in (few people) will just seem weak in comparison to the Huckabee jamboree.

    As for the people who see the whole CFA episode as a "dismal failure," well, we'll see about that. When CFA moves to expand outside the bigot belt, given the list of discriminatory employment practices surfacing, and their connection to hate groups exposed, it seems the failure may swing to their side. It's not good business to be an anti-gay corporation today and will be even less so tomorrow. Stop letting the rightwing define you.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 3, 2012 10:32:20 AM

  10. No no no, Ricco. You missed my point entirely. To be fair, you don't seem too bright. Comparing 2 guys in gym clothes kissing in front of a fast-food restaurant to Malcolm X is honestly one of the most idiotic things I have ever seen on this website. (And that's saying a lot, Mary!)

    My point was that the far right has perpetuated a myth in the media that we're boycotting Chick-fil-a because they don't want us in their restaurants. That is entirely untrue. We're boycotting them because of financial contributions they've made toward anti-gay organizations, which nearly all media reports have failed to mention.

    This silly kiss-in stunt is just going to give them fuel to say that they aren't bothered by two men kissing and to show how tolerant they are.

    Posted by: endo | Aug 3, 2012 10:38:26 AM

  11. @YONKERSCONQUERS . . . are you bonkers?

    You are seriously going to call a kiss an immoral act?

    Someone has been watching too much Hannity and paying too much attention to the bullet points of the right wing.

    This may be hard for you to grasp, but we are not looking for their approval, nor the acceptance either. We are not asking for anything. We are demanding . . . DEMANDING our civil rights.

    THAT is the point of a kiss-in.

    There is nothing more pathetic than someone who has obviously, him/herself played into the hands of the right wing fanatics, who is filled with self-loathing and desperate to be liked by his heterosexual overlords, yelling out directions to the rest of us.

    LOL . . . thanks, but we will take it from here!

    Posted by: Ricco | Aug 3, 2012 10:38:56 AM

  12. Stupid idea

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 3, 2012 10:41:46 AM

  13. A distraction.

    Posted by: mike | Aug 3, 2012 10:42:22 AM

  14. it helped me, those dudes are hot.

    Posted by: CHAD | Aug 3, 2012 10:45:53 AM

  15. An Open Letter from A Chicken to Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-Fil-A.

    Posted by: GayManRanting | Aug 3, 2012 10:48:41 AM

  16. Help with what? When officials started denouncing chick-fila, they destroyed that company. We are watching the death-throes. Seriously, we all know we are on the correct side here, that intolerance of this variety can not win out against time. These bombastic reactions to us are awesome. The best way to change all these people's minds is to have them adopt their own terribly perilous positions. There is no argument against gays! If someone wants to argue that they will always lose!

    Posted by: Fenrox | Aug 3, 2012 10:50:25 AM

  17. @malo Quite possibly one of the most politically illiterate comments I have ever seen on here, and that's saying something.

    This kiss in is politically idiotic, it's almost as if it were intended to aggravate the right and encourage their base. I have rarely seen such political self sabotage.

    Because in all honesty, making out in a fast food joint isn't something that is regularly done by anyone, gay or straight. It is a relatively sexless place in general. Couples who make out in fast food places are frequently asked to stop.

    So now we are injected people making out into an arena where that doesn't occur, nor should it. There is a time and place for everything and making out in a fast food joint isn't it, for straight couple either, with the possible exceptions of drunken teenagers.

    All this does is give the wingnuts fodder for how we are forcing our sex lives on them. And in this case, that is exactly what we are doing.

    So now for weeks we will have visuals of guys making out in front of horrified Christians. People in Weho, and the village will find it funny, voters in the south will be engaged to get the vote out to stop this from happening.

    There is nothing cowardly, self hating, or any of the other adjectives commenter David regularly uses about being politically smart. I actually sometimes suspect David is a troll hoping to encourage gay people to shoot themselves in the foot, politically.

    Posted by: Chris | Aug 3, 2012 10:51:43 AM

  18. Pointless....I'm just hoping some gun-toting crackpot right-winger doesn't shoot someone during this.

    Posted by: CB | Aug 3, 2012 10:55:21 AM

  19. I think this counterproductive. It makes a statement, but not the one that is needed. What needs to be said, over and over, is that this company supports hate groups. This will annoy without enlightening those we wish to persuade.

    Posted by: Jimcracky | Aug 3, 2012 11:08:47 AM

  20. The people in the background look bored. Chick fil A is loving the free publicity. I read McDs was resorting to handing out free chicken sandwiches but who the hell doesn't want Chick fil A now? It's in!

    Posted by: MarkUs | Aug 3, 2012 11:10:58 AM

  21. I've had a change of heart. Let them kiss, dammit!! There's absolutely nothing wrong or icky about two men or two women kissing. I'm tired of reading comments from people whose knees are shaking for fear of awakening the wrath of the Right.

    Posted by: Hector | Aug 3, 2012 11:12:17 AM

  22. So typical. Don't do this, don't do that. This won't have any effect. That will play into their hands. And your collective hands, all you naysayers? Well you just keep on wringing them while the rest of us go out and DO something.

    Sometimes it's a march, other times a protest-sign-fest, other times government lobbying - most of it very ineffective in the singular, unknown how much good it does in the aggregate (likely not too much). Truthfully, most of the action is in the courts - but the rest of us often want to freakin' DO SOMETHING.

    So, me? I'm pretty fearless - and I'm not going to worry about how this plays on FOX News or what Evangelical Fundamentalists in Alabama think about this. It's fun Eff Off to CFA, and I'll be there to kiss my boyfriend and not buy chicken. Sheesh. Lighten up, people.

    Posted by: Zlick | Aug 3, 2012 11:12:46 AM

  23. It can only hurt. Let the public know what Chick-fil-a's views are... and when you've done that... JUST DON'T EAT THERE. It's not that complicated.

    Posted by: kaccompany | Aug 3, 2012 11:25:30 AM

  24. I feel sorry for you guys. You don't know your own history or recent past. Appeasers die. You better catch up, we are not getting any younger/richer and divided we fall. (I love you Larry Kramer.)

    Posted by: Malo | Aug 3, 2012 11:35:49 AM

  25. While I don't think it's a particularly effective approach - I believe we have to start demanding the right to display affection in public - and in that respect I support it.

    Posted by: Mi-miami | Aug 3, 2012 11:44:10 AM

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