Another day, another story of an organization speaking out against gay people – and getting their ass handed to them by celebrities. The latest is Chick-fil-A, whose President said in a recent interview that they support “the biblical definition of the family unit.” They support it so much that they’ve given millions of dollars to anti-gay Christian groups. This news has come out before, but last year Chick-fil-A tried to smooth everything over by issuing a press release that they weren’t anti-gay and had “no agenda against anyone. At the heart and soul of our company, we are a family business that serves and values all people regardless of their beliefs or opinions.” He also called for “civility in dialogue with others who may have different beliefs,” which was a decent way to handle it. Their President’s new interview clarifies that they do support “traditional” marriage and a lot of people are saying they will no longer eat there.
“Office” star Ed Helms is officially boycotting Chick-fil-A … claiming the restaurant chain’s anti-gay stance has caused him to lose his appetite.
Helms is responding to a statement issued by Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy … who recently told a Christian publication that when it comes to accusations his company is actively opposed to gay marriage, Chick-fil-A is “guilty as charged.”
Cathy claims his chicken people support the “biblical definition of the family unit.” In fact, Chick-fil-A reportedly donated nearly $2 million towards religious groups that oppose gay marriage in 2010 alone.
The comments clearly didn’t sit well with Helms … who tweeted, “Chick-Fil-A doesn’t like gay people? So lame. Hate to think what they do to the gay chickens! Lost a loyal fan.”
Helms ain’t alone … the gay rights campaign NOH8 — supported by stars like Miley Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan and the Kardashians — has also called for a Chick-fil-A boycott.
I’m torn about this story. On one hand I agree that people have the right to believe whatever they want about issues like this. When they give a lot of money to groups that work to deny basic rights to people, and when they come out publicly to say that they support denying those rights, I have the choice as a consumer to take my business elsewhere. It’s a shame because Chick-fil-A has decent food, great indoor playgrounds and a nice, family-friendly atmosphere. If that atmosphere wasn’t exclusionary I might be able to enjoy it there. At least Chick-fil-A doesn’t have a policy against serving same sex couples. They’ll take their money but they want us to know that they don’t think they should have the same rights as other couples.
You can see what people are saying about this story, and add a comment on Chick-fil-A’s Facebook page.