1. Stephen says

    Not exactly surprised that its a Franchisee in North Carolina that is “standing with Chick-fil-A”. I’m gonna wait till Wendy’s Corporate comes down on him like a tonne of bricks (if they do at least)

  2. Stupid says

    The owner of the franchises in NC must not be a very good businessman, otherwise he wouldn’t be stupid enough to promote the competition. Dumb.

  3. johnny says

    Well, let’s see, tortured chicken sandwiches, pink slime burgers, salt and fat filled fries, and chemical-laced, sugar-based soft drinks.

    Yup, pretty easy to skip them, too.

    These places sell unhealthy food and also harbor unhealthy attitudes.

    That’s no coincidence in my book.

  4. MarkUs says

    “otherwise he wouldn’t be stupid enough to promote the competition”

    You mean like people screaming “hate chicken!” have done for Chick-Fil-A?

  5. says

    Actually, Stupid, this is smart. He’s attarcting the family values crowd. That crowd may not be in the mood for chicken, but a hamburger. Now they will be more likely to go there than McDonald’s or Burger King.

    Stephen…if you hear of any response, can you post it here?

  6. Jeff R. says

    Posted from Wendy’s Corporation: “On behalf of the entire Wendy’s organization, I would like to express our solidarity with all minorities, and our firm commitment to stand beside you as you fight for equality. I would condemn other fast food chains, whether it be their company President or their chicken-hating cows, who would not offer you the same respect.” BOYCOTT CHICK-FIL-A and go have a WENDY’S Chicken Sandwich.

  7. kpo5 says

    The more fast food places that do this, the better. What matters is where those biggoted, little dollars go. Wendy’s Corporate doesn’t donate to NOM, nor does McD, nor does BK, etc.

    For every redneck franchise owner who wants to “stand with” Chick-fil-A, there are derpy conservatives who will say, “good enough for me.” This will cause fewer people to flock to Chick-fil-A and more money will go around the fatass circuit.

  8. Chris says

    Geez louise! First Chik fil-A, now Wendy’s. At this rate, I will have no place left to eat….

  9. jason says

    This is good because it’s bringing out all the secret donors to anti-gay causes. Nothing like light shining on dark places with mean people in them.

    We should all make a note and bad-mouth the establishments.

  10. says

    When in Rome… Most southern states allow 14 year old cousins to marry, just as long as they are not the same sex. This N.C. business owner knows what side his toast is buttered on, and chances are he’s a bigot,too!

    Our war is never over, and even if laws are changed, we must never let our guard down. I wonder how many fast food franchises are owned by gays?

  11. John Conolley says

    Are these on the up and up? There are a bunch of fake ones going around the internet, including for McDonald’s and KFC. There’s evidently a web site where you can fake these easily. Don’t jump to any conclusions.

  12. Calvin says

    I never ate at Wendy’s and now, I never will. I have been discriminated enough, it would be a shame if my hamburger hates me too.

  13. Carl says

    Wendys first said this to me on facebook.

    we stand with Wendy’s. We’re looking into the sign that’s going around the web — we think it’s photoshopped.”

    Then seconds later edited it to:

    We’re looking into this!

  14. AJ says

    If it’s on Reddit and it’s a franchise in NC I am not surprised. Wendy’s Corporate is going to come down on them like a hammer. Just wait for their response to this. At some point in the future, this is going to look like people siding with the KKK. Just not yet.

    Interesting that it’s Wendy’s though, because, correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t Dave Thomas a fundie who was against gays? I remember the Ellen thing, but I also remember that JC Penney pulled their ads too. Look at them now.

  15. Jack M says

    What will be lost if we end up boycotting fast food places? We’ll be healthier and live longer. Works for me!

  16. canadalaw says

    Alsp goven the fact that Wendy’s also owns TIm Hortons which is a very big community sponsor, they might not like this publicity.

  17. kpo5 says

    Franchise owners can be bigots, Wendy’s can’t control this. Boycott the individual store with the bigotted owner, but if the corporation is gay-friendly, we should continue to give them our business (if we were customers in the first place).

  18. JT says

    And don’t forget… “Save the Chickens” eat elsewhere lol jk a lil’ humor to lighten things up :)

  19. scott says

    This is just not good…… I really appreciate the few mayors and councilpersons who spoke up- their heart was in the right place, but they did it the wrong way, implying they could do things that were both unconstitutional and illegal- and making this whole boycott thing get off on the wrong foot. A better response would’ve been “I’m personally not gonna eat at Chick-Fil-A.”

    Instead their responses have allowed Chick-Fil-A to get sympathy from not just the usual suspects like Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee, but the editorial board at the NYTImes, WashPo, Salon, NPR, and other news orgs.

    It’s a fiasco now, and personally, we’ve all known aboutChick-Fil-A’s donations and the Cathy’s hatred for years- I’ve been boycotting them for about 2 years now.

    Best way forward, let Huckabee bring his hordes today and lets drop the whole thing while still boycotting it ourselves. Public opinion is what counts- not forcing every CEO to believe in our rights….> if done right, public opinion will do that on its own.

  20. Stephen says

    JP – yeah this site is pretty much where I hear anything like this. I live in Canada.

  21. candideinnc says

    86 franchises! I live in NC. Unless this is a photoshopped deal, that is enough to make sure I don’t go to a Wendy’s in this state. The other franchisees may not be pleased by this.

  22. IPB says

    Samaritan’s Purse again? When did Samaritan’s Purse declare social war on gay people? The on thing that all of the big Anti-Gay momentum events of 2012 seem to have in common is connections to Samaritan’s Purse.

  23. Francis says

    Good on Wendy’s corporate for standing up for LGBT equality. Too bad that a bigot in North Carolina could harm their reputation countrywide.

  24. michaelofthegreen says

    Haven’t eaten at Wendy’s since they pulled their advertising from Ellen’s coming-out episode. But I was told that their corporate position had changed since then. (20 years ago?). Seems that’s not so…

  25. Disgusted American says

    well I refuse to go to NC – we used to go there (outer banks) and spend 2k every other yr or so…we’re going to NY state, or VT for vacation – they deserve our money

  26. Bob says

    The link to the “Wendy’s statement” was titled as satire on the site. It’s a joke. Can’t we laugh anymore.

  27. Disgusted American says

    go ahead BIgots in the south “Have at It” Go Gorge Yourselves on Fast Food and Clog your arteries…thank u

  28. says

    If those photos come from Asheville, that’s a mistake.

    Buncombe Co. was one of the counties that went AGAINST the marriage amendment (though by a 51/49 margin).

  29. Chris says

    The supposed press release from Wendy’s linked and referred to above is a piece of satire. The author states this in the comments. Did you really think the Wendy’s Corporate Headquarters sent out an official press release with the phrase “fire crotch” in it?!? :-)

  30. john patrick says

    If this sign is not photo shopped, the message seems to be “We stand with Chick-fil-A, so eat there, not here.”

  31. Tommy says

    There was on here in Columbia, SC this morning which I took a pic…after many calls to corporate they took it down. I have a pic of that as well.

  32. brian says

    I just called Wendys corporate US customer relations department and they told me the signs are being taken down.

  33. Andy says

    I called the number and was told by the customer relations woman, who was very nice, that the signs were up but have been taken down.

  34. JD says

    Well of course they stand with Chik-Fil-A; I’ve been boycotting Wendy’s since the Dave Thomas comment during the Ellen’s sitcom when they pulled their advertising after her coming out episode. Don’t miss it…

  35. intristin says

    wendy’s just emailed me this:


    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.

    Amanda Domyan

    Consumer Relations
    One Dave Thomas Blvd.
    Dublin, OH 43017
    614.764.6800 (Office)

  36. Bob says

    This should clearly be in violation of Wendy’s franchise agreement. I would think the owner could seriously risk his franchise by doing this. If these photos become viral on the net, I bet it would create enough controversial publicity to make Wendy’s seriously consider pulling his franchise license.

  37. Mike says

    Another hateful place that we will not be eating or spending our money at. We rather go to places where we can eat with out Christians mixing their politics with our meals, God knows they are hateful enough to upset our meals as it is so it is best to go to friendlier places where we can eat in peace like the Good Lord meant us to do.

  38. Laura says

    Boycotting all of these fast food restaurants will certainly help with this country’s obesity problem. It’s a win-win. Keep your money out of the pockets of bigots and get healthier at the same time!

  39. Laura says

    Boycotting all of these fast food restaurants will certainly help with this country’s obesity problem. It’s a win-win. Keep your money out of the pockets of bigots and get healthier at the same time!

  40. BSmart2 says

    Andy and all at Towleroad:

    I am on the site numerous times each day. I don’t know how long it has been since I missed a day. I was shocked to say the least when I saw the story about the NC Wendy’s franchise owner posting the sign aligning himself and his stores with Chik-Fil-A.

    So imagine my shock and dismay when I looked up and what did my gay old eyes see as the coupon ad banner. Nothing less than Shop at home coupons for Chik-Fil-A on Towleroad. I hope you haven’t noticed this, and will work with shop at home to either pull the Chik ads or pull shop at home from the site.

    Bob Smart

  41. Michael says

    I am gay and used to spend $25.00 a day at Wendy’s… As of today I will never visit a Wendy’s ever again. I expect the corporation to issue a full apology immediately.

  42. anon says

    I wouldn’t blame corp. for the acts of individual franchise owners. However, the issue is not that Chick-fil-a is refusing to server gay patrons, it’s that they are funding NOM.

  43. Robert says

    I live in the middle of this guy’s franchise area. He may have made have made a costly mistake for some of his locations. Boone, where this picture was taken, is a university town, draws left leaning outdoor lovers, has a sizable gay population given its size, and ASU will be back in session soon. They are the 7th or 8th busiest Wendy’s in the US because of college kids and largely social liberal tourists. They might not be if word spread. The same guy owns franchises in Asheville, NC’s gay mecca. Very liberal city core even if the rightwingers are mixed in. He has over a dozen locations in areas that this decision might be questionable. Of course, that is only if the locals hear about it so I happily forwarded this story to local papers and tv stations.

  44. says

    Tolerance is a one way street eh ? Society is supposed to tolerate gays but gays can’t tolerate religions that have survived milenia

  45. Mike says

    Glad to see Chick-Fil-A standing up for their beliefs! Obviously they are getting PLENTY of support from Americans that still have morals. People dont want to hear about God well I dont wanna hear about you being Gay and then crying about going to a CHRISTIAN company and expecting different. PLEASE give me a break.

  46. TonyJazz says

    I feel sorry for gays living in the Southeastern US…. After all, many people in the Southeast still find it acceptable to fly a Confederate flag (without shame). I was really shocked at the visibility of the racist symbol…..

  47. Scott says

    I love Chick-Fil-A and their family friendly values. For those that want to boycott Chick-Fil-A, fantastic! The less of you all there, the shorter the lines to the counter to order food… LOL.

  48. Yawnn Ing says

    To all of you trolls who like to post on gay websites, here’s a surprise for you: You aren’t important. Now go and order several 5000 calorie meals. Best nutrition out there.

  49. Bruce says

    Chick-fil-A proudly severs all customers too! That’s the point that you mind numb libs don’t seem to get!

  50. Bruce says

    Hey Kathy… real brave behind a computer screen aren’t you. How about posted you personal info too…

  51. Bruce says

    Just like true libs….all for free speech as long as that speech agrees with yours…

  52. Mighty says

    Looks like corporate pimp slapped him. They don’t want any part of this. I don’t blame them.

  53. Kel says

    you’re all wrong about Wendy’s supporting gay rights. The article you’re posting was satire. read through the comments – the person who posted the supposed comments by Wendy writes about how too many people didn’t read about it being satire and that Wendy’s is not a supporter of gay marriage, and in fact is the opposite. The writer said they had to “stretch the truth a lot for this bit of humor.” But you know…as long as it’s printed, we should just believe everything we see, right? sad.

  54. Fufags says

    Had a yummy chik-fil-a sandwich for lunch today. And I suppose you homos had a stiff prick for YOUR lunch? You will LOSE this cultural battle if AIDS doesn’t kill you all first.

  55. DiRT says

    It’s amazing what you people think “hate” means. Go look it up and then find a mirror.

  56. Berijeck says

    Gosh, somebody must be paying these mom’s basement dwellers to visit these sites. They couldn’t have the intelligence to find us on their own. Just wrote an email to the NC
    franchisee. No more Wendy’s for this family. It’s sad that so many ignorant bigots have nothing better to do than troll Towleroad.

  57. Matt says

    Darn! I ate at one of his SC Wendy’s today. It’s right next to where I work. Shoulda gone to Jack in the Box :)

  58. LauraLoonie says

    Good enough reason NOT to visit NC. I feel for the LGBT community there torn between Chick-Fil-A and Wendy’s, but it all boils down to chick or beef, doesn’t it?

    I hope this doesn’t occupy too much thought for the NC community. A brain is a horrible thing to waste!

  59. says

    I’m going to guess we’re looking at one of 86 future sites of a Chick-fil-a. That’s going to be one of the very few companies that’s going to give this guy a franchise license.

  60. Rob says

    Ah,North Carolina. 9,535,483 people and 4 teeth. But, by God, they do love them some Jeebus.

  61. CindyB says

    Now when Chick-Fil-A’s wait was way too long to get in and we were hungry we had to decide where to go to eat after that. If I owned a restaurant nearby this would be a real good idea. Not a dumb one.

  62. Godismyway says

    God made woman for man so that man can reproduce and continue the life cycle. If you dont believe that, then the human species evolved from what ever source, one evolved as a man, the other as a woman to ensure that the species survives through procreation. Homosexuals can not reproduce. So in order to survive, they must molest children in order to screw their heads up so they grow up gay, they must force their agenda on non believers via tv, movies, federal laws, and in OUR EDUCATION system to FORCE people to believe in the agenda. Homosexuals are doomed, their time will come and go and they will die out. Just remember to protect your children from the child molesting homosexuals and shield them from the education system. I teach all to respect others, but you do not have to agree or go along with the freak ride! And again, most homosexuals that I KNOW, were molested as children. Get help, Get Straight, dont let this freak society get their dirty lifestyle on your child!

  63. Concerned says

    My brother informed me this morning that a Wendy’s franchise in NC had a sign that they supported Chick-fil-a’s values. Wendy’s management’s response was for the franchise to take the sign down. (website: You will note Wendy’s second response, “UPDATE II: Wendy’s responds that the franchisee responsible for the signs has taken them down and that Wendy’s “proudly serves ALL customers”. Chick-fil-a serves everyone pleasantly, also, but they have a religious conviction and stand by it.

    In response to Wendy’s statement, my brother emailed Wendy’s that he would not be eating at their franchises any longer although he had done so in the past. Passing the torch, I emailed Wendy’s this morning that I would do the same.
    If we believe the Bible and supports its message, should our voices be heard in a respectful manner or are we afraid to speak out and be identified with our Lord who sacrificed all for us?

    Mark 8: 34-38 (NIV)
    34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
    35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
    36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
    37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
    38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
    Our forefather Patrick Henry stated the below when his freedom was being threatened:
    St. John’s Church, Richmond, Virginia (
    March 23, 1775.
    MR. PRESIDENT: No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do, opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely, and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfil the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offence, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the majesty of heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.
    Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.
    I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years, to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves, and the House? Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received? Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with these war-like preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled, that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort. I ask, gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motive for it? Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us; they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done, to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne. In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free² if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending²if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left us!
    They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable²and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.
    It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace²but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
    If you are in agreement, please let Wendy’s know with your voice and pocketbook. Their contact address is:

  64. Duchess Flux says

    Just got off the phone with the manager of Wendy’s here in my hometown of Asheville. I am very dismayed to say that every single Wendy’s, according to the managers at two of the restaurants here, are owned by Jim Furmen. The manager was very nice and helpful. According to her he owns every single one of them from Statesville to Greenville to Columbia,SC. I am waiting for a call back from Wendy’s Corporate to confirm, but I’m afraid there wont be Wendy’s in my future unless I am traveling. Shame because they have the BEST salads!

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