A Scene from National Same Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A in Dallas

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Stephen Masker
Larry Farris and Tyler Savage, one of two couples who showed up to a Chick-fil-A protest in Dallas, surrounded by news cameras
Two days ago, on the Mike Huckabee-chosen Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, supporters of the Chicken Sandwich Chain Against Gay Marriage cause flooded locations across the country. Some carried signs; some burst out in choruses of "God Bless America." It was, according a recent CNN piece, a record sales day. Down here in Dallas, the downtown location was stuffed with an hour long line and extra security.

Which leads us to today's National Same Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A. Our contributing photographer Stephen Masker was down at the location off Southwestern and Highway 75. Around lunchtime, Stephen reported there were only a two couples and a few TV cameras.

Stephen checked in with one couple, Larry Farris from North Dallas and Tyler Savage from Arlington, on why they were protesting:

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Stephen Masker
Larry Farris and Tyler Savage protest at the National Kiss-In at Chick-Fil-A

Tyler Savage had this to say:

I just want everyone to know that I'm no longer going to spend my money here. Now that I found what they're doing with the money I've been giving them, 'cause I've been eating at Chick-Fil-A for a long time, I don't want to give any more money to something that bashes my rights.

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seymourbutt
seymourbutt

Why does sexual preference have to dictate a "lifestyle"?

 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Surprisingly, the Human Rights Campaign website lists American Express, Walt Disney Company, and Time Warner at 100% approval as gay-friendly companies.

 

Harpo came in at 15% (shocking), and Martha Stewart Living at 0%!

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

In HRC's ranking of gay-unfriendly companies Chick-fil-A comes in at the top:

 

Non-discrimination policy includes gender identity and/or expression: 0

 

Company-provided domestic partner health insurance (including parity in spousal and partner COBRA, dental, vision and domestic partners legal dependent coverage): 0

 

Parity in spousal/partner soft benefits (bereavement leave; supplemental life insurance; relocation assistance; adoption assistance; joint/survivor annuity; pre-retirement survivor annuity; retiree healthcare benefits; employee discounts): 0

 

Offers equal health coverage for transgender individuals without exclusion for medically necessary care: 0

 

Organizational LGBT cultural competency (diversity trainings, resources or accountability measures): 0

 

Company-supported LGBT employee resource group or firm-wide diversity council that includes LGBT issues, OR would support a LGBT employee resource group with company resources if employees expressed an interest: 0

 

Engages in appropriate and respectful advertising and marketing or sponsors LGBT community events, organizations, or legislative efforts: 0

 

Engages in action that would undermine the goal of LGBT equality: 0

 

Final Rating: 0

 

loxas1
loxas1

sad and pathetic!

Joseph
Joseph

I think it is important to consider that the decline of the Cathy's Southern Baptist Church is accelerating, and that some of its Dallas congregations actually are gay friendly. The rate of decline and aging of congregants are such that this sect with its unfortunate history of racism, anti-semitism and homophobia will not have much influence in a few years. Conversely, the movement toward gay rights and marriage seems inexorable at this point. More Americans now support gay marriage than don't, and the trend is strengthening. It seems that every month we read about a new state or country that has legalized gay marriage. These Southern Baptists and other homophobes are clearly on the losing side of history. Let's hope they go down and peter out with less violence than they perpetrated in the African American Civil Rights Movement.

 

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

pickle slices do not belong on a chicken sandwich. man that is just WRONG

planecrazy
planecrazy

Hahahahahahahhahahahhahahah!!!! 1 of 2 "couples" who showed for the "kiss my ass" in.  Whatever.  I don't mind the LGBT community.  However, it's this "I need to show my sexual preference in your face regardless of venue" mentality that fuels my hahaha's.  Even the organizer, Carly I think, had to state in the media "this is not a lust in, just a show of affection".  Very telling when the very organizer is doing her best to control the ostentatious display of affection of her fellow LBGT folk.  She's knows.  So do we.

 

And in the words of timgrogers68, this would have been much more powerful at Long John Silvers....get it?

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

I've seen those two before, they are the formidable "wrap" duo of Tubby D and MaineMan........don't turn yer back on these guys-they mean!  Don't let dat kissin' fool ya, they have wicked, thump'ed beats, and a corral of gyrating, juggy b+tches!

 

ps-Please refer to this outfit's sophomore opus, "Gay, but No!-Fuuult Ya!" 

_______________

 

Next week, a massive tranny rally is going down at CiCi's in Plano. 

 

ps-If these guys want to marry, great!  I don't care, but it's not news.......ahhhh, August doldrums; makes me wonder why I live in this sh+thole. 

monstruss
monstruss

they're gonna shit a brick when they find out who Target donates to.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Two dudes kissing.  Ho-hum.

 

Seriously, it's not as subversive and disturbing as you all think it is. It's about as shocking as an old lady in an AC/DC shirt.

 

Chick-fil-a broke all its sales records on the 1st.  The market has spoken.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Chrysler and Ford at 100%... GM at a less than optimal 85%

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz I AM TOTALLY GAY UNFRIENDLY, AND CHALLENGE ANY OF THEM TO PUT MOVES ON ME SO THEY QUALIFY FOR MASSIVE DENTISTRY OPPORTUNITIES.

Mantikos
Mantikos

@OUTSPOKEN " 's " really? Ever step inside a school? On a related note, your lack of education predisposes you to be a Teabagging Republican...in other words, you are a dumbass's

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

 @Joseph THE CATHOLIC CHURCH HAS A LOT OF GAY PRIESTS...DOES THAT MEAN THE CHURCH IS GAY FRIENDLY....NOT A FING CHANCE CHARLIE.

jeneheffer
jeneheffer

 endorsement  of marriage by the Christian community is going to  happening, except for fringe religious groups who are  seeking nothing that resembles the truth in the Holy Bible. Marriage between same sex will have to be recognized by the state but insisting Christian churches accept this union  by means of name calling and accusations of homophobia is a poor argument...  People that are against same sex marriage are not all Christians, many are not even church going people.  Consider that Muslims just kill homosexuals, that is where the outrage should be. Joseph, the hate you feel is coming from your own drama, not the Christians. Don't forget that Jesus, the Son of our Holy God loved us enough to die for our sins and I don't hate you because your homosexual. 

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

 @ChrisYu IF THE JAPANESE CAN SERVE SUSHI ON A NAKED WOMAN IN A RESTAURANT, WHO CARES WHAT YOU PUT ON CHICKEN...

Joseph
Joseph

 @everlastingphelps The market hasn't really spoken yet.  Chik-fil-a had one good day, but have gratuitously alienated a significant portion of the population for the long run. (More Americans now approve of gay marriage than don't.) That's why Cathy's marketing folks made him "walk it back".  It looks like Cathy's mouth has pretty much derailed his plans to move in to such affluent markets as Chicago and Boston.   If the company were a public company, I think we would have seen its share price drop.

 

Let's not forget that significantly bigger more important companies such as Starbuck's, Amazon.com, American Airlines, J.C.Penney, Apple Computer, Microsoft and Texas Instruments, etc., enthusiastically support gay rights and gay marriage.  What is a purveyor of greasy chicken compared to that?

loxas1
loxas1

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz really fag hag?... next time you look in the mirror, know that all the faggots in the world will never be accepted by society in this or any other lifetime. they always be no more then a sad, poor excuse, waste of a life, and only tolerated little worthless faggots

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

 @Joseph You assume that everyone who supports gay marriage is also anti-christian and militant about it.  They aren't.  They love freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and chicken sandwiches more than gay marriage.  

 

Chick-fil-a hasn't had a good day.  They've had an unprecedented two weeks.  There's a lot more to gain with a buycott than to lose in a boycott.  Ask Carbonite about their dropping Limbaugh, and their resultant earnings loss and stock plummet.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

 @Joseph With the proceeds from the lawsuit against Boston, Chicago and Pittsburgh (if their mayors actually try to stop the company from expanding there), it won't matter how many sandwiches Mr. Cathy sells.  He will be able to fund any activity he wants.

 

Just to be clear, prohibiting a company from opening a store in your town because you disagree with their protected speech is quite illegal, and fundamentally un-American.

 

I find it interesting that you would support such behavior under any circumstances.  LZ Granderson disagrees with you, by the way.

Mantikos
Mantikos

@OUTSPOKEN If your mission was to prove that trailer parks do have internet access these days...MISSION ACCOMPLISHED (like Bush)

OUTSPOKEN
OUTSPOKEN

 @Mantikos  Now that your spelling has improved, let's get your eye's checked for colour blindness what.

Mantikos
Mantikos

@OUTSPOKEN You obviously are too dumb for sarcasm #facepalm

Mantikos
Mantikos

@planecrazy @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz So if I were to kiss my wife at a Chick-Fil-A or whatever place it is rednecks go eat would that offend you? Probably only if we were an interracial couple...right? Well get ready to get offended

JustRob
JustRob

 @planecrazy as an out gay man, i agree with you. how does a couple of guys donning their daisy duke's, grabbing a camera, giggling all the way to a fast food chicken joint  and snapping a couple of pictures for internet use only, further any cause?

planecrazy
planecrazy

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz

Even though I you're an Observer troll commenter, here's my answer.  No, I'm not.  What I am not a fan of is what I said above.  Why not just a sit-in?  How about just a good old protest?  No, it had to be a "kiss-in".  Why?  Because the LGBT community loves to offend.  So it is offensive behaviour I despise, not the LGBTs.  Same as I'm not racist against blacks.  I am however offended when black person wears their fucking pants around their goddamn knees.  This, Katz, would also apply to a white person as well.  Thanks for your participation though.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

 @seymourbutt In all candor, sexual preference has almost nothing to do with this entire situation.  This is all anti-christian bigotry.  Straight up.

seymourbutt
seymourbutt

Why does sexual preference have to dictate a "lifestyle"?

Joseph
Joseph

 @everlastingphelps  @Joseph I assume nothing of the kind. There are a number of gay churches in Dallas, including I think the biggest in the world.  There are countless churches that welcome gay people.  There is even a baptist church close to my house at Royal and Hillcrest that has been courageous enough to be gay friendly.

 

There are definitely enough intolerant people out there to support some businesses, but remember the big leading companies... Apple, Microsoft, American Airlines, Texas Instruments, etc. strongly support gay rights. It's unfortunate what happened to Carbonite, but they still say they did the right thing.  It seems strange that a software company would depend on Rush Limbaugh(?)

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

 @Joseph Actually, freedom of speech does exempt you from responsibility from a government perspective except in narrowly defined cases which include hate speech and cases such as hollering "Fire" in a crowded theater.

 

Now, does freedom of speech exempt you from repercussions from other individuals legally expressing themselves?  Hells no, it doesn't.

 

Let's please all get in the Way Back Machine for a minute.  I remember the discussion about the Angelica and whether or not they could deny Atheists advertisements.  It is very interesting that the readers of the Observer seem to overwhelmingly think it is OK for the City of Boston to deny a business license to Chic-Fil-A; but at the same time believe it was wrong for the Angelica to deny the Atheists advertisements.  Most interestingly, the readership seems to use the same logic for both positions.

 

Just because you WANT something to be a certain way, doesn't make it RIGHT.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

 @Joseph Chick-fil-a has denied no one service.  To claim that they have is a vicious slander.

 

All that happened is that their CEO expressed a mainstream opinion, one which even the president held until a few weeks ago.

Joseph
Joseph

 @PlanoDave Freedom of speech in no way exempts you from responsibility for what you say.  People who disagree have free speech also, as Mr. Cathy has learned to his apparent dismay.  I guess he just lives in his own little southern-fried World and has been surprised that most Americans  disagree with him. I guess is this about the stupidest business move I've seen in a long time.  If he'd have just kept quiet, his bigotry would not have become a topic of national debate.  

 

Also, many jurisdictions have laws about moral turpitude or "fitness to run a business".  A recent example is a challenge of Rupert Murdock as "unfit" in the UK.

 

I'm not a Massachusetts lawyer, but if Mr. Cathy came to Massachusetts, which has gay marriage, with the intention to deny people lawful rights and discriminate, (which is unlawful), there might be a way to exclude him as unfit.  There is a difference between expressing an opinion, and acting on it to some one's detriment.

 

Chik-fil-a will probably repent and reform.  I would imagine that a lot of Chik-fil-a franchisees who didn't want for Mr. Cathy to drag them into this, have been ripping him a new one in the last few days.  They might even bring their own lawsuits. . .

 

 

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