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Chick-fil-A Under Fire For Anti-Gay Affiliations

Is It OK For Restaurants to Take a Stance on Social Issues?

It's only the beginning of January, and one restaurant chain's already embroiled in the biggest poultry fast food controversy since Oprah offered millions free KFC. In Pennsylvania, Chick-fil-A has been under fire for supporting an anti-gay group.

The controversy surrounds the chicken chain's cosponsoring of an event with the Pennsylvania Family Institute, a leading opponent of same-sex marriage that's said to have affiliations with conversion therapy proponents. In response, tens of thousands of Americans have petitioned against the sponsorship.Chick-fil-AThe conservative chain, which is known for keeping its doors shut on Sundays, has removed its name from any event materials and has issued a short statement as well on its Facebook page saying that it's determined "one of our independent restaurant operators in Pennsylvania was asked to provide sandwiches to two Art of Marriage video seminars . . . we do our best to serve local communities."

Where do you stand on the issue? Is it right for restaurants and food establishments to take an active stance on touchy social issues?

Source: Flickr User j.reed

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lizlee89 lizlee89 5 years
Chick-Fil-A is a Christian organization founded by a Christian owner. If they want to act in a way that adhere's to their Christian principles, then so be it. That is their right and I support it completely. It is also everyone else's right to either support it or not. However, I wonder why there is no news about the fact that numerous businesses including Disney and AT&T give money to Planned Parenthood to fund abortions. While I understand that not everyone is against abortion, can't we all agree that not only is it strange but it should be just as publicized as this? After all, isn't the media supposed to be "unbiased?"
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
Wow. I've never been, and now I never will eat there.
danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
Curlock hit the nail on the head.
amber512 amber512 5 years
If they want to lose money they can do whatever they want!
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 5 years
To clarify: Chick-fil-A donated the food. It was not paid for.
tigr3bianca tigr3bianca 5 years
really I don't understand the fuss, its a restaurant, they serve food. Are they supporting a side when someone buys a sandwich from them? They were paid to cater an event and they did. Now if the corporate came out with statements that said we support this or that, then I understand why people would freak out. Also, its a franchise, which means whoever was running the restaurant in Penn made the decision to cater the event. Not corporate. Either way, I find it sad that we look for controversy in chicken rather than see it in real issues.
girlA girlA 5 years
They can do whatever they want as long as they understand the consequences of possibly alienating people and accepting the impact it may have on their bottom line. It's also our decision to go there and support them or not. We may not like their choices, but it's better than living in a country that doesn't allow you to make such choices.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
Although a gay pride parade-esq sit in would also be a consumer's right... and really funny.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
I agree with curlock. It's their right to take a controversial stand, and it's a consumer's right to boycott companies whose stances they don't agree with.
Curlock-Holmes Curlock-Holmes 5 years
If a company wants to ensure it will make the most money possible, then they shouldn't have a public opinion. But if they decide they want to take 'sides' on touchy topics, then they should be prepared to lose business and face the consequences of it.
xxstardust xxstardust 5 years
There are Chick-Filets in the NY/NJ area, they're just much less common because they're not usually welcome in shopping malls (malls usually won't allow them to be closed on Sundays when the rest of the mall is open). Pity they got involved in this ... I like Chick-Filet's food, but I definitely don't like this stance.
TheBestRedDress TheBestRedDress 5 years
Didn't Chick Filet (or whatever it's called) get it's start in the South? (I've never seen one in NY) if so, that would explain alot, and when it comes to being anti human rights, corporations should stay quiet. Silly company.
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