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Friday, 13 July 2012

Pro-GLBT supporters picket Chick-Fil-A

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Some supporters of gay rights say they have a beef with Chick-Fil-A.

During Friday's lunch rush, a group of pro-gay rights supporters, dressed like cows, picketed the Chick-Fil-A restaurant on Capital Circle Northeast. Protestors say they're drawing attention to the company's discriminatory practices.

Equality Matters reports that Chick-Fil-A has contributed millions of dollars to anti-LGBT organizations, including $2 million to anti-gay groups in 2010. Those donations were reportedly given to groups that incldue Focus On The Family, Exodus International, and the Family Research Council.

Protestors say the company's actions are not only discrimination, but goes against the teachings of the bible. Chick-Fil-A leaders are open about their company's Christian practices including closing all restaurants on Sundays.

"You say you're a Christian organization. I don't think Jesus Christ would choose a certain group of people to discriminate against so instead of spending money in that direction why don't we spend money to feed hungry and take care of the poor," said Fran Sullivan-Fahs, a gay rights supporter.

Pro-gay rights supporters chose to protest Chick-Fil-A on Friday because that was the company's "Cow Appreciation Day". Customers who dressed up like a cow would receive free food. Those like Sullivan-Fahs dressed like cows and plan to donate the free food they receive to The Homeless Shelter.

Jerry Johnston, a Chick-Fil-A spokesman, released the following statement to WTXL:
"Chick-fil-A is a family-owned and family-led company, dedicated to supporting and enhancing the communities in which we operate. Chick-fil-A restaurants are locally owned and operated, and we have a 65-year history of providing genuine hospitality for all of our guests. We strive to treat everyone with honor, dignity and respect, regardless of their beliefs and opinions.
We value everyone, and we strive to show a caring spirit as we serve almost 2 million guests every day.

We are not interested in engaging in political or policy debate. Our mission is simple: to serve great food, provide genuine hospitality and have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A."

Protestors plan to picket the Chick Fil A on North Monroe Street at 5:30 p.m. until the close. 


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