Gays and lesbians puckered up at ‘kiss- ins’outside Chick- fil- A outlets across the United States in protest over the fast- food chains opposition to samesex marriage.
More than 14,000 people signed up on Fac
ebook for National Same Sex Kiss Day at Chick- fil- A on Friday, an event arranged mostly online. ‘It has nothing to do with us being against freedom of religion or freedom of speech,’Bryan McIlroy, a 35- year- old interior designer, said outside a restaurant in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles. ‘Ialt39m here because I am gay and I donalt39t think its right to support any kind of hate.
For somebody who claims that its all about love, they sure are not showing it,’said McIlroy, holding a sign that read ‘Support love, not hate’. ‘Jesus ate fish,’read the sign of another Hollywood protester.
With more than 1,600 outlets, mainly in the southern United States, familyowned Chick- fil- A is as famous for its Bible Belt values — it never opens on Sunday — as it is for its chicken sandwiches and nuggets. But it is under fire from gay rights activists and their supporters who, citing tax records, say it has given millions of dollars to conservative Christian groups that vigorously campaign against marriage equality. ‘Guilty as charged,’Chick- fil- A president Dan Cathy told a Baptist publication last month, adding in a subsequent radio interview that the United States is ‘inviting Gods judgment’by recognizing same- sex vows. AFP