Beachwood Chick-Fil-A Attracts Gay Marriage Opponents

Locals flocked to Beachwood Place Mall Wednesday to support restaurant president Dan Cathy's statement that he does not endorse gay marriage.

Customers lined up at Chick-Fil-A at the Wednesday as part of an organized effort to support the company after its president said that he does not condone gay marriage.

Teens Alessaia Fiucci and Shannon Roberts said they were eating at Chick-Fil-A to support Dan Cathy, who said in an interview earlier this month that he supports the “Biblical definition of the family unit,” adding,

"I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,' and I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is about.”


See more from The Huffington Post: Dan Cathy, Chick-Fil-A President, On Anti-Gay Stance

“[I’m here] because I’m a Christian and I love the Lord and the Bible says that this isn’t allowed,” said Fiucci.

“I came here simply to support the president’s right to speak his mind," said Jim Lucas. "And it doesn’t make too much difference if I believe what he believes or not, but I believe he’s got the right to speak out.“

The line for the fast-food chicken extended through the food court at 7 p.m. Wednesday with a couple dozen hungry people.

The effort, called Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day, was sparked by former Arkansas governor and Fox News host Mike Huckabee.

He wrote on his Facebook page:

“Let's affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick Fil-A on Wednesday, August 1.”


Since the dispute began, politicians on both sides of the debate have taken stances: the mayors of Boston and Chicago have signaled disapproval for the stance, even going so far as to suggest the the chain should not try to open in their cities.

Other politicians, like Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) have joined Huckabee’s campaign, Tweeting and posting photos of their own fast-food meals Wednesday.

To counter today's show of support, one woman has organized National Same-Sex Kiss Day for this Friday, Aug. 3, when she encourages same-sex couples to kiss at their local Chick-Fil-A.

Kyle Baird said he had two reasons for buying Chick-Fil-A on Wednesday. “I’m a lawyer and I’m Christian and I share the belief about traditional marriage,” he said, “but also, as someone who believes in freedom of speech and freedom of religion, I think it’s appalling what these cities are trying to do. It’s just not their place.”

“I don’t really know much about it, except that he expressed himself, and people see it as being a hate crime,” said Aaron Hemphill, a high school freshman who was eating with his grandfather. “I feel he said what he felt was right.”

At least one customer was not there to make a political or religious statement.

“It’s sad that the food that I enjoy eating has turned political. I don’t think that it should matter,” said Christine Jones. “If I want to eat Chick-Fil-A I should be able to without it meaning anything.”

And she had one more good reason to eat what she wants: “I’m pregnant.”

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Sandie Angart August 03, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Yes thank you for deleting that. I am straight and that comment made me sick. I guess I am a little naive. It shocked me that someone would post something so hateful!
Nikki Ferrell August 03, 2012 at 06:41 PM
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DC August 03, 2012 at 08:28 PM
It's easy folks, eat where you want and Mr. Cathy has his right to express his opinion about family and put his money where he wants. I think the REAL hate is showing itself and hint...it's not from Chick-fil-a. JMO
Glinda Smith August 07, 2012 at 05:38 PM
To all of you who say the Bible does not condone same-sex marriage I have these questions: Do you not eat shellfish? Do you own slaves? Do you believe those who commit adultery should be killed? Do you believe that a divorced person who remarries commits adultery? These are all things that are in the Bible, that you seem to selectively interpret.
Jeff H August 07, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Those are very good questions.


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