Same-sex couples crowded a corner outside a Chick-fil-A in downtown Decatur on Friday, kissing their way through a protest of the Atlanta-based chain’s recent diss of gay marriage and “arrogant” activists.
Supportive motorists honked their horns as they passed by with several media outlets on hand covering the event, part of at least five similar actions across metro Atlanta and even more across the country as part of National Same-Sex Kiss Day.
But despite the protest, the parking lot of the Chick-fil-A at the intersection of West Trinity Place and North McDonough Street was packed as the restaurant enjoyed a lunchtime rush. On Wednesday, the company enjoyed a day of record sales as supporters of its anti-gay rhetoric showed their appreciation.
The event in Decatur was organized by gay-owned Carma Productions and its Gayborhood App. Marci Alt, Carma’s owner, launched an online petition this week asking Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy, who kicked the controversy with his recent comments, to meet with her family. So far, the petition has received 2,852 signatures.
“I’m inviting Chick-fil-A COO Dan Cathy and his family to join my family for dinner — at his place or ours — to see that we’re just like any other American family,” Alt sys in the petition. “We care deeply about our faith, our family, our friends and our community, and think there’s room to turn this debate into a dialogue.”
The event in Decatur was followed by similar gatherings at stores on Piedmont Road near the Lindbergh MARTA Station, Colony Square in Midtown and North Druid Hills Road. A protest is also planned for Friday evening at the Chick-fil-A inside CNN Center in downtown Atlanta.
An Atlanta gay couple kiss-started the Chick-fil-A protests earlier this week with their impromptu action. Atlanta consumers have also reacted, including “Real Housewives of Atlanta’s” Kim Zolciak expressing her disgust, Emory chiding the company as Kennesaw State students want it evicted from campus, East Atlanta’s Flatiron Restaurant firing back at the “Chik-Fil-A-Holes” and lesbian-owned Urban Cannibals offering Two Chicks-fil-A Sunday Brunches.