Democracy Now: Founder’s Anti-LGBT Views Draw Chik-fil-A into Same-Sex Marriage Debate


The fast food chain Chik-fil-A is drawing controversy after its founder openly declared his opposition to equal rights for LGBT people. In recent weeks, Chik-fil-A President Dan Cathy has acknowledged funding anti-LGBT groups and has denounced same-sex marriage. On Wednesday, opponents of same-sex marriage flooded Chik-fil-A locations across the country as part of a “Chik-fil-A Appreciation Day” called for by former Arkansas governor, Mike Huckabee. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles a group of LGBT-rights supporters gathered in front of a Chik-fil-A to denounce Cathy’s views.

Karen Avizur: “I think it’s ridiculous. It’s intolerance of the worst kind. The LGBT community is amazing here in Los Angeles, and to have something like that permeating the airwaves on television and radio and on the Internet is just disgusting to me.”

Ari Solomon: “I think he has a right to say whatever he’d like to say. We have freedom of speech in this country. But I think that when you take your profits and you donate millions of your profits to taking away civil rights, that, I think, people have a right to know and have a right to make a decision whether or not they want to spend money at your business.”

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~ by wheresthemic on August 2, 2012.

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