Houstonians Pack Chick-fil-A Restaurants To Show Support Following Controversy
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HOUSTON (CBS Houston/AP) — Chick-fil-A supporters are eating at the chicken chain’s restaurants as the company continues to be criticized for an executive taking a public position against same-sex marriage.
Houstonians flocked to Chick-fil-A restaurants after former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister, declared Wednesday “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”
“I want to support the gentleman who spoke for family values,” Preston Vinzant told KPRC-TV. “I’m 100 percent for it. I brought my whole family. We’re going to have dinner here, too.”
Frankie Quijano, president of Houston Pride, told the station that the gay and lesbian community will continue to boycott the restaurant.
“Chick-fil-A has the right to do what they want, however, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community has the same right,” Quijano told KPRC-TV. “We will choose not to support a corporation that refuses to admit equality.”
Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press last month that the Atlanta-based company was “guilty as charged” for backing “the biblical definition of a family.” Gay rights groups and others answered with calls for boycotts.
Opponents of Cathy’s stance have planned “Kiss Mor Chiks” for Friday, asking people of the same sex to show up at Chick-fil-A locations and kiss each other.
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