Controversial Chicken: Same-Sex Debate at Chick-fil-A

Wednesday officially became Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, thanks to the declaration of Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and ex-Republican presidential candidate.

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    Consuming fast-food chicken is more than just a dietary choice these days. It's mired in controversy, politics, and civil rights.

    Consuming fast-food chicken is more than just a culinary choice these days.

    It's mired in controversy, politics, and civil rights.

    Wednesday officially became "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," thanks to the declaration of Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and ex-Republican presidential candidate. Sarah Palin joined in the fray too, by tweeting a picture last week of her and her husband at one of the restaurants; the former vice presidential nominee gave a happy thumbs up holding a bag of chicken.

    Conservatives are supporting Dan Cathy, the president of the company, who came out on July 16 in the Baptist Press against same-sex marriage, saying Chick-fil-A is "“very much supportive of the family…the biblical definition of the family unit.”

    Raw Video: Vallejo Customer in Support of Chik-fil-A

    [BAY] Raw Video: Vallejo Customer in Support of Chik-fil-A
    On Wednesday, there were long lines at Chik-fil-A's 1,600 restaurants, including Patrick Walsh in Vallejo, who was one of several customers waiting for a chicken breakfast. In addition to supporting the cause, Walsh added: "I like chicken."

    On Wednesday, there were long lines at the company's 1,600 restaurants, including the Fairfield one. Patrick Walsh of Vallejo was one of several customers waiting for a chicken breakfast. In addition to supporting the cause, Walsh added: "I like chicken."

    In response, however, those who support same-sex marriage are hosting their own counter event. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is encouraging a "National Same-Sex Kiss Day" on Friday, encouraging homosexual couples to show up at a Chick-fil-A to hold a kiss-in, and post photos of those smooches.

    This is not the only debate to rage at Chik-fil-A. In 2009, the restaurant chain became a breast-feeding battle ground over the right to nurse publicly.

     

     

    Contact Lisa Fernandez at 408-432-4758 or lisa.fernandez@nbcuni.com. Follow Jodi Hernandez @jodihernandez01.

      

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