Residents weigh in on Chick-Fil-A gay marriage issue

Chick-fil-A caused controversy after their president said they were against same sex marriage.
Chick-fil-A caused controversy after their president said they were against same sex marriage.

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A popular fast food chain caused controversy after the company's president said they were against same sex marriage. Nationally, some people want a boycott of the Chick-Fil-A chain; others said the president's stance reaffirms their support.

The same sex controversy hasn't stopped some Chick-Fil-A customers from placing their orders. They still want to "eat more chicken," but the message of what some consider traditional marriage views have gay and lesbian groups speaking out.

"I'm also concerned about the issue that this gives young people in the community," said James Robinson, with GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services. "Just imagine you're a young gay person or a bisexual or transgender and you're eating there and you hear these messages and you're already afraid to be who you are and to tell someone about your issues and you see this in the news. It's just another message that we do not accept everyone regardless and that we do not love everyone."

Huntsville residents have no beef with the chicken restaurant and seem to see both sides of the Chick-Fil-A gay marriage issue.

"I think people should have the right to live their life the way they want to live their life here in America. That's what America is all about," said Randy Watson.  "I think when these corporate businesses start throwing their weight around and saying this is the way it should be, I don't think it's really right, but I guess at the same time it's America and they have the right to say what they want so I can see both sides."

Rebecca Blanks told said she had no opinion either way.

"It really doesn't matter to me one way or the other. It's their opinion and other people have other opinions," Blanks said.

Chick-Fil-A stated on their website: "Our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena."

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee declared August 1 "Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day."  More than a half-million people on Facebook have pledged to participate.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation also known as GLAAD is promoting a national same-sex kiss day to be held at Chick-Fil-A restaurants across the country on August 3.

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