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YOUR PHOTOS: Chick-fil-A Kiss Day

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In response to Chick-fil-A's president making statements in support of traditional marriage, same-sex marriage supporters deemed Friday, Aug. 3, as "National Same Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A."

Same-sex couples are taking pictures in front of the fast food locations across the country as part of the demonstration. Above, Elkridge couple Julie and Sama Bellomo posed for a kiss in front of the Chick-fil-A on Executive Park Drive in Columbia.

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Tension has ensued after Dan Cathy, Chick-fil-A's president, shared his views on family during a visit to North Carolina.

"We are very much supportive of the family—the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that," Cathy told North Carolina newspaper the Biblical Recorder.

In a show of support for the president of the company's views, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee declared Wednesday, Aug. 1, as Customer Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A, reported the L.A. Times; and, according to CNN, it was a record day for the chain in sales.

On Wednesday, a reported long lines, and Carroll County public officials have spoken out in support of a third location of the chain locating to Eldersburg.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) organized the National Same-Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country for Aug. 3, coordinated around a National Same Sex Kiss Day Facebook page.

"Head to your local Chick-fil-A and share a kiss with your sweetie," organizers posted on the page. "Let's show Chick-fil-A that EVERYONE deserves to be able to fall in love, start a family, and take their children to eat fried chicken after a soccer match. ;)"

The chain is facing heat across the country. 

In Torrance, CA, a Chick-fil-A was vandalized with graffiti Friday by someone who spray-painted the words and an image of a cow on the side of the building.

Maryland but the issue will go to referendum in November after thousands of petitions were submitted to the state in opposition of the law.

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DawnP August 06, 2012 at 01:19 PM
This is SO not about free speech. The First Amendment guarantees you the right to express yourself without content-based government restrictions. It does NOT guarantee you the right to express your opinion without consequences. NO ONE is saying Dan Cathy is not entitled to his opinion. NO ONE is even saying he's not entitled to spend his company profits to fund hate groups. All we are saying is that we don't want our money going to a company that chooses to spend its profits that way. (And we want to raise awareness about the millions in contributions to hate groups so that people know what their money is helping to fund if they spend it at CFA.) So the real question is, for those of you who say you will continue to patronize CFA, and those of you who participated in the "CFA Appreciation Day," NOW THAT YOU KNOW that they donate millions to anti-gay groups, will you still continue to spend your money there? If so, how will you continue to look your LGBT friends, family, and neighbors in the eye, having made the choice that a chicken sandwich is more important to you than their rights?
Native August 06, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Absolutely ridiculous! These & other "in your face" actions do nothing but alienate others away from your cause. If you want to protest those against homosexuality, stop buying gasoline from OPEC (which is all of it). Don't you know what they do to gays over in sand country? It's funny we never hear about that issue.......
Brook Hubbard August 06, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Fast food is a luxury. Gasoline is not. It is fallacy to equate the two when it comes to protesting them. Protesting Chik-Fil-A is no different than the protest by One Million Mom's of J.C. Penny's or numerous groups that protested Abercrombie & Fitch over the last decade. When a corporation does something you don't agree with it is well within your rights to protest them, whether it be silent or vocal.
Shawn August 07, 2012 at 12:16 AM
DawnP Chick-fil-A's continued success will be driven by their product and service neither of which has anything to do with sexuality and/or religious beliefs. Chick-fil-A's superior product and great service is what dictates their ongoing success. Perhaps you should attempt to view the issue from Chick-fil-A's perspective. What if you were the CEO and were told your business was unwelcome because you supported gay rights? A business succeeds or fails based on sales not values. I know that is an unpopular politically incorrect view, but it is a fact.
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