August 3rd, 2012
08:26 PM ET

Chick-fil-A caught in crossfire over same-sex marriage

Chick-fil-A, the fast food chain specializing in chicken, has been getting heat from gay-rights advocates claiming the restaurant is anti-gay. Today same-sex couples shared public kisses at Chick-fil-A stores across the country to get their message out.

Adam Smith, the former CFO of Tucson's Vante Inc., used a different approach. He recently filmed himself driving through a Chick-fil-A and harassing an employee. “This is a horrible corporation with horrible values,” Smith tells the woman at the counter. “I don’t know how you live with yourself and work here.”

“We don’t treat any of our customers differently, we don’t discriminate,” she tells Smith, refusing to argue with him but letting him know she feels uncomfortable being videotaped. “It’s my pleasure to serve you always.”

“I’m a nice guy, by the way… totally heterosexual,” Smith says at the end. “Not a gay in me, I just can’t stand the hate.” Smith lost his job due to this viral video.

OutFront tonight: CNN Contributor LZ Granderson and Pres., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Rev. Al Mohler.

Gay rights activists hold 'kiss day' at Chick-fil-A restaurants

Gay rights activists staged a "kiss day" at Chick-fil-A outlets nationwide Friday amid a controversy over the company president's stance against same-sex marriages.

Organizers used social media to urge same-sex couples to participate in the event and post pictures and videos online.

"I like to liken it to a married couple sharing a light kiss over a romantic meal, it's the same thing. We're here, and our love is just as good," organizer Carly McGehee said.

While many of the protests were expected later Friday, about two dozen protesters turned out in the afternoon at a Chick-fil-A location in suburban Atlanta, according to CNN affiliate WSB. At least one couple shared a kiss for the assembled media.


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  1. Joey at Purdue Univ

    "Look, I'm very pro gay marriage, okay? But I'm also very pro delicious chicken sandwich. At this point, why would you be against gay marriage? You know you're on the wrong side of history. These were the same people who didn't want women to vote, that didn't want black guys to play football. What was the last thing they were opposed to, interracial relationships? Guess what, I'm ****** white girls, there's nothing you can do about it." (Aziz Ansari)

    March 15, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Reply
  2. Schyler

    Again, one of your guests was less than honest (with himself). I heard a lot about how awful the companies are that Chic-fil-a donates to. But in America, each person and his/her company has the right to their own financial decisions as long as they are "lawful". Last time I checked, donating to any registered cause was "legal" and not subject to public approval. Also, it's a little annoying when one guest (the same as above) is enough out of control as to not allow responses from the oposing side. Take a breath, take your turn sir.

    August 4, 2012 at 1:25 am | Reply

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