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Wendy's Distances Itself from Chick-fil-A: 'We Proudly Serve ALL Customers'


Following our post this morning about North Carolina Wendy's franchisee Jim Furmen's signs aligning his business with Chick-fil-A, we received tweets from Wendy's that it was looking into the matter.

Wendy's now tells us: "An independent franchisee posted the sign, which he’s taken down. We proudly serve ALL customers!"

Furmen reportedly owns 86 restaurants across North Carolina. It's unclear whether he had posted the Chick-fil-A sign at each and every one.

UPDATE: A Towleroad reader received this email from Amanda Domyan in Wendy's consumer Relations department:

"This is one independent franchisee’s personal opinion. We are proud to serve customers of varied races, backgrounds, cultures and sexual orientation, with different beliefs and values. Bearing that in mind, this franchisee has decided to remove the messages from his restaurant signs."

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  1. This marriage equality issue is going to be one of the things that causes Obama's defeat in november. Obama carried N C and Va in 2008. Unfortunately that is not going to happen in 2012. If a political party gets too far ahead of the general population on these emotional wedge issues, it loses.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 2, 2012 7:52:35 AM

  2. Chick-fil-A proudly serves all customers, and doesn't discriminate in its hiring.
    Just because someone believes in traditional marriage doesn't make them a hateful bigot.
    Obama believed in traditional marriage until just a few moths ago...that is until he realized he needed votes from the gay community.
    Divided we fall.

    Posted by: ElizabethMC | Aug 2, 2012 12:04:17 PM

  3. Where is the outrage? Why the double standard? In the name of Chicago values … why is Islam being embraced?
    Minister Louis Farrahkan reopens his Chicago restaurant
    July 12, 2012
    Reminder: Louis Farrakhan Blasted Obama for Endorsing Same-Sex Marriage
    Jul 26, 2012 (Video)

    Posted by: Janet Ann | Aug 2, 2012 3:41:42 PM

  4. Then there is Boston’s mayor double standard when it come to discriminating against Christians and giving radical Islam a pass.
    Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino’s letter to the president of Chick-fil-A
    on gay marriage
    July 25, 2012 06:25 PM
    Radical imam OK but not Chick-fil-A
    Friday, July 27, 2012

    Posted by: Janet Ann | Aug 2, 2012 3:45:45 PM

  5. Maybe ... just maybe ... the unsuccessful attempts by the mayors of Chicago and Boston to prevent Chick-Fil-A from opening franchises in their respective cities was a long time coming Christian awakening.
    Could it be the Chick-Fil-A incident is the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back. Think about it. Voices that have been both traditionally and conservatively silent are finally being raised in unison. Those raised voices are practically challenging and exposing what appears to be an official Islamic/Christian double standard regarding the definition of tolerance. In other words ... Christians are not about to quietly sit back and accept the discriminatory status quo any longer.

    Posted by: Janet Ann | Aug 2, 2012 3:50:09 PM


    lol at all you butthurt whining faggots trying to demonstrate at Chick-fil-a's, because you are just giving them free advertising and they are having record sales now. Enjoy your rectal bleeding and AIDS.

    AIDS kills fags dead.

    Posted by: Simon Templar | Aug 2, 2012 11:36:56 PM

  7. @ hit the nail on he head with this line...

    "No matter how many people show up today or tomorrow their brand is now tarnished."

    Yes, it is certainly tainted now. Not only will I never eat there, neither will my friends or family. A lot of people won't go there simply because they avoid controversy, real or perceived. Hate gives normal people terrible indigestion. Not to mention what greasy gut-bombs do...

    Posted by: millerbeach | Aug 3, 2012 5:21:40 AM

  8. @Simon...if you use proper lube, there should be no bleeding. If you use a condom, there is no AIDS. Thanks for playing, try again. You sure know a lot about gay sex for not being gay! LOL

    Posted by: millerbeach | Aug 3, 2012 5:22:54 AM

  9. I am a man of GOD. As a christian I am opposed to gays and gay marriages.
    Case closed.

    Posted by: Larry | Aug 3, 2012 11:05:12 AM

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