Chick-fil-A Protesters Stage Kiss-ins

As same-sex couples smooch, lesbians invite chain owner to dinner
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2012 5:20 AM CDT
Chick-fil-A Protesters Stage Kiss-ins
Protesters kiss at a Chick-fil-A in Houston.   (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Cody Duty)

It didn't draw crowds quite as big as Wednesday's Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, but gays and lesbians held kiss-in demonstrations at the chain's restaurants across the country yesterday to protest owner Dan Cathy's opposition to gay marriage. Cops were called to one Hollywood restaurant not because of the smooching, but because of the heavy media presence, reports the Los Angeles Times. Elsewhere in California, police are investigating graffiti at a Chick-fil-A restaurant that said "Tastes like hate" and had a picture of cow, the AP reports.

Around two dozen protesters with signs like "We're here, we're queer, and we're not eating" showed up at a Chick-fil-A restaurant near the company's Georgia headquarters, the New York Times reports. They made it clear they were not protesting the chain's local employees, who provided the activists with free lemonade. One of the protesters, a married lesbian with two children, has started an online petition inviting Cathy to have dinner with her and her family. She wants to ask him whether he really thinks "that we are not the same kind of normal family as you and your wife?" (More Chick-Fil-A stories.)

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