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Same-Sex Kiss at Chick-fil-A

Gays, lesbians and their friends protested Chick-fil-A's financial support of groups that oppose same-sex marriage.

It was supposed to be , but the group that gathered outside the Decatur Chick-fil-A at midday Friday did more placard-waving than smooching.

At noon, about 15 gays, lesbians and their friends stood on the sidewalk at North McDonough Street and East Trinity Place to tell the world they're angry that Chick-fil-A money supports organizations opposing same-sex marriage.

Sign-wavers hooted whenever a motorist honked. Somebody brought a cooler full of water and a couple of little kids sat in the grass and ate fast food from another restaurant. An equal number of reporters and photographers showed up to record the event.

Jim Fortier and Mark Toomajian of Atlanta kissed on cue for the camera, then kissed again because a photographer missed the first one.

Toomajian said Chick-fil-A's support of anti-gay marriage groups is comparable to a company giving money to a racist organization like the Ku Klux Klan.

"It's the same thing," he said. "Would people stand for that?"

Two women kissed, but one balked when a reporter asked her name. Her boss didn't know she'd missed work to come to the event, her kissing partner said.

Melody Edgerton, holding a homemade sign that said "Gay rights are equal rights," said she came to support her friends.

"There's a lot of gay people in my life," she said.

While the protest was under way, customers walked in and out of the restaurant.

Here are some other Decatur/Avondale Patch stories about Chick-fil-A and gay marriage.

snarg borlax August 03, 2012 at 05:29 PM
what a turnout!
Steve August 03, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Almost as many as the Walmart protesters.
Rob Young August 03, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Wow! About 1/100 of the crowd that showed up Wednesday to support freedom of speech
Ms. August 03, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Supporting freedom of speech? Lol
snarg borlax August 03, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Hi Steve, At least the Walmart protestors weren't swapping spit in public!
Carmen Francis August 03, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Everyone has a right to his/her beliefs! Can't force another person to accept your beliefs.
Jonathan Belcher August 03, 2012 at 11:56 PM
What a joke. At least the protesters were dignified enough to protest outside and not try to disrupt business from the inside. I really thought Decatur of all places could muster more than a dozen people for this demonstration. Kinda Sad turnout compared to Wednesday's crowd. Noticed the media coverage was equal? even though the crowds were not? I bet if todays turnout was better we would have heard more about todays crowd from the media than we would have heard about Wednesdays crowd? Great thing about our country is both sides have a right to express their views in a public forum. Many countries and their citizens are not allowed to do so. We are truly blessed.
Diana August 04, 2012 at 03:16 AM
When this stuff first started I was really upset. I thought where are all the pastors who preach scripture, why were the not standing up for freedom of speech and freedom to believe what you chose? Then Wednesday I went to Chic Fil A and quess what - I found them. People were standing line waiting for food they really didn't want, just there to express their rights. Everyone was smiling and having a great time. No one cared how long it took to get their stuff or even if they ran out. Come Friday those on the other side of the fence didn't seem near as happy. People have their own beliefs, yours end where mine begins. We don't have to agree on gay beliefs but we do need to be civil to each other. Any group that drops Chic Fil A make sure you advertise it so I'll know to boycott you.
jackie Dontknow August 04, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Yeah flaunt this Crap. Thats what they all do in California. You can come out of the closet but I'll be damn if you force me to go in the closet to say It Aint Right.
jackie Dontknow August 04, 2012 at 04:34 PM
homoesexuality is a mental illness. please get help before you die. your behavior is being judged whether you like it or not.
J.R. August 05, 2012 at 08:13 AM
Jackie I believe there is scripture about judging other people....also I hope you never have children for if one of them turned out to be gay I wouldn't wish something as awful as you on them for a parent...what would you do disown your child for wanting to love someone of the same sex? My mother and father love and support me and will be at my gay wedding in October and they would be happy to give you some pointers on how to be a better parent and human being.
Pam J August 06, 2012 at 07:11 PM
I hate to say this, but watching the men kissing other men was kind of funny looking. And it seems that in the lesbian couples, at least one of the women has short hair, so it kind of looks like a man kissing a woman. All in all, they did not change my mind about same-sex marriages.
Ms. August 06, 2012 at 07:20 PM
It really wasn't designed to. I didn't attend, but it was mainly a good spirited event for people to voice their support for the other side of the coin. My mind absolutely changed when I had the opportunity to babysit for a wonderful lesbian couple who adopted a child, and were incredibly awesome parents (better than several other hetero couples that I had dealt with). Actually getting out of your comfort zone and having new experiences is the only way hearts and minds change IMO. Btw, if the organizations Cathy gave to had their way, children wouldn't be adopted into loving homes like the one I mentioned, and considering the number of children in need of parents all over the world, I find that very sad.

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