'Kiss-In' Held to Protest Chick-fil-A
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- The Chick-fil-A controversy continued Friday with a "kiss-in" held by those who disagree with comments made by the restaurant's president regarding marriage.
Gay rights activists stood in unity at the Grand Junction Chick-fil-A restaurant.
After Dan Cathy, the president of the chain restaurant, made a statement that some people say blatantly disrespected gay couples, some called for a boycott of Chick-fil-A. "How everyone else got their rights was by starting controversies and getting it out there to get their beliefs and their rights given to them, so that's what we're doing today," said Donny James Friar, the coordinator of Friday's protest in Grand Junction.
Cathy's statement said, "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."
Friar says he thinks Cathy's statement wasn't pro-family, but more of a comment against gay marriage. "I'm not here to protest his first amendment right. I think everyone has that right for it. It's in the amendments, and everyone gets it, but what I'm hear for is, I don't think that he should be putting it into his company," said Friar.
Around 100 people turned up throughout the day to show their disapproval by waving signs and encouraging motorists to show their support with a honk.
Still, others are standing by Chick-fil-A and the comments made by Cathy. "I believe he took a stand on traditional family and I 100 percent agree with him, I believe 100 percent in that," said Joe Jones, a Chick-fil-A supporter.
Chick-fil-A put a sign up that said, "Love all serve all." Many protesters say Cathy's words don't match the sign, and they vow to stop eating there. "I love the chicken here. I actually think the chicken is amazing here, but the only reason why I won't is because I know that my dollars that I'm spending here are going toward anti-gay groups," said Friar.
Chick-fil-A supporters say they see Friday's protests only as a way of making a scene, not a change.