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Chick-fil-A gives free chicken to California marriage equality supporters

11:36 pm - 03/28/2013


Despite the company's anti-gay profile, a Rancho Cucamonga Chick-fil-A says they're "not about hate"

Corey Braun, the owner of a Rancho Cucamonga Chick-fil-A, handed out coupons for free chicken to dozens of marriage equality supporters at a California rally this week, breaking with the company’s national profile as a corporate opponent of gay marriage.

“There were a lot of things said over the past year,” Braun told the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. “I wanted to show that Chick-fil-A doesn’t discriminate against anybody. We serve everyone. We’re happy to serve the community and this was an opportunity to have this group come in and show them our hospitality regardless of their beliefs, sexual orientation, or whatever. ” Adding: “Chick-fil-A has never been about hate.”

The Rancho Cucamonga franchise may not be “about hate,” but many critics believe comments from Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy are blatantly anti-gay. During a 2012 radio interview, Cathy addressed the issue of marriage equality by saying: “We’re inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage. And I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude that thinks we have the audacity to redefine what marriage is all about.”

Cathy’s statement prompted strong reactions on both sides. Anti-gay rights advocates swarmed the fast food chain, initiating a “Chick-fil-a Appreciation Day” and turning waffle fries and chicken sandwiches into a political flashpoint. Gay rights groups countered with a boycott, and have continued to use the chain as a symbol of corporate opposition to equal rights. Earlier this week, activists taped dozens of pro-gay marriage signs across the windows of a Texas Chick-fil-A.

But in Rancho Cucamonga, the relationship between the franchise and the LGBT community seems to be less antagonistic, according to Eden Anderson, a board member with the local LGBT rights group Equality Inland Empire who was present at the rally:

"What I experienced with the community, is when people are open and apologetic and accepting, it’s touching to us. It feels like acceptance and we just want to be accepted and engaged in society, so when it’s confirmed, I think the overall reaction was, yes, certainly that Chick-fil-A in Rancho Cucamonga is welcoming to us."

But this peaceful coexistence may be local, and relatively superficial. As a report from the Washington Post notes, the Christian fast food chain has previously come under fire from lesbian, gay and bisexual and transgender rights groups for making large financial donations to anti-gay groups.

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chaya 29th-Mar-2013 04:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not feeling this at all.
kittenmommy 29th-Mar-2013 05:36 pm (UTC)

Neither am I.
natyanayaki 30th-Mar-2013 01:37 am (UTC)
I remember back when Chick-fil-A's homophobia was first exposed on a large commercial level, I kind of felt for franchise owners who didn't feel the same way as the brand --felt bad that they'd be associated with bigots. And that's kind of my reaction to this, essentially that "it sucks for them." I won't go to Chik-fil-A for many reasons, but I do feel a bit sad that franchise owners who disagree with the brand are negatively represented.
moonshaz 30th-Mar-2013 02:43 am (UTC)
I know what you mean. But when I feel tempted to give a fuck about those franchise owners, I remember that nobody held a gun to their head and made them become franchise owners. They chose to do so. They could presumably have just as easily bought a franchise for some other company that wasn't so heavily associated with such an obnoxious level of douchefuckery.

And I find myself thinking that if it really bothers them THAT much to be associated with said douchefuckery, maybe they should be looking for somebody to buy them out, instead of trying to convince the rest of us that they're not REALLY douchebags themselves and we should eat at their restaurant even though they represent a company that supports that kind of douchefuckery....




Edited at 2013-03-30 02:45 am (UTC)
natyanayaki 30th-Mar-2013 06:31 am (UTC)
That makes a lot of sense, and I went through the same (or a similar) thought process...it's just...I want to believe that this guy isn't a jerk-face and I personally don't know enough about how franchising works, when he bought that franchise, if he tried to sell it, if he considered joining another one...I just hope he is a good guy and that maybe this will effect change (though I doubt it).
chaya 30th-Mar-2013 02:24 pm (UTC)
This. I throw no shade on the minimum wage earners there - if you're working food service it's very unlikely you have several options of where to be employed - but the franchise owners? Yeah, no.
thecityofdis 29th-Mar-2013 04:52 pm (UTC)
this is a nice enough gesture i guess but i wish they would just go away forever.
chaya 29th-Mar-2013 05:38 pm (UTC)
It doesn't really cancel out the horrible projects they also still fund. So the gesture of handing out coupons is really... yeah.
clevermanka 29th-Mar-2013 04:57 pm (UTC)
furrygreen 29th-Mar-2013 05:20 pm (UTC)
keestone 29th-Mar-2013 05:30 pm (UTC)
It's nice that the local franchise owner isn't a bigot, but that doesn't speak for anything other than the one local franchise which clearly stands at odds with the overall corporate stance. I'd like Mr. Braun's statement more if he acknowledged that he was only talking about "this Chick-fil-A", because he's clearly all wrong when he generalizes further. Sucks for him that he invested in a company with such crappy values. Sucks more for the people whose rights the corporation's money is lobbying against.



Edited at 2013-03-29 05:30 pm (UTC)
kittenmommy 29th-Mar-2013 05:37 pm (UTC)

But this peaceful coexistence may be local, and relatively superficial. As a report from the Washington Post notes, the Christian fast food chain has previously come under fire from lesbian, gay and bisexual and transgender rights groups for making large financial donations to anti-gay groups.

Didn't they also donate to the KKK or some other hate group? I'm pretty sure that's why I started boycotting them several years ago.
moonshaz 30th-Mar-2013 03:04 am (UTC)
Not the KKK (as far as I can determine) but one of the groups they ARE known to support, the Family Research Council, is listed as an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Maybe that's what you're thinking of?

And there are of course all the other delightful organizations they support. This site has a pretty thorough rundown.
kittenmommy 30th-Mar-2013 03:05 am (UTC)

Wow. That's... wow.

I'm so glad I've boycotted them for years!
shortsweetcynic 29th-Mar-2013 05:57 pm (UTC)
Good on the franchise owner; I'd like to see more franchises do the same.

But I'm still not eating there. His particular location might not be about hate, but that doesn't apply to the company as a whole and while the gesture is a kind one, for me, it's not near enough.
girly123 29th-Mar-2013 06:08 pm (UTC)
Is there a way to support a franchise without supporting the company? I know a lot of people managed to do that with BP by buying candy bars and not gas, but I'm not sure how it'd work for a restaurant.
shortsweetcynic 29th-Mar-2013 06:15 pm (UTC)
i'm not sure; that would be interesting to figure out, though.
tabaqui 29th-Mar-2013 07:20 pm (UTC)
*repeating myself 'cause you both were wondering the same thing....*

No. Most franchises not only, obviously, have to pay to become a part of the franchise, but they might have to pay yearly 'fees' and they also as a rule buy their inventory from the parent company.

*looked this up to support an argument i made on Huffpo*
tabaqui 29th-Mar-2013 07:19 pm (UTC)
No. Most franchises not only, obviously, have to pay to become a part of the franchise, but they might have to pay yearly 'fees' and they also as a rule buy their inventory from the parent company.

*looked this up to support an argument i made on Huffpo*
nonnycat 30th-Mar-2013 02:20 am (UTC)
^ this is exactly what a friend of mine who is a manager at a franchise has said. (Not Chik-Fil-A, but it seems to be a rule in general.)
bmh4d0k3n I Mean, I Guess29th-Mar-2013 07:11 pm (UTC)
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Edited at 2013-03-29 07:12 pm (UTC)
wikilobbying 29th-Mar-2013 07:12 pm (UTC)
that's nice for a local store and all, but it's still part of the chain. of course chick-fil-a is happy to serve anybody in their community, it's money for them, and it's promotion that they hope leads to money even when it's coupons for free sandwiches. that doesn't erase the fact that the chain turns around and uses profits to financially support oppressive groups.
tabaqui 29th-Mar-2013 07:21 pm (UTC)
Well, bully for him, but it won't change my mind on eating there. Even though he's an 'independent' franchise owner, some of his money still goes to the main company which...supports hate. So - your free coupons do not tempt me!

Or - they wouldn't if i lived anywhere near there.
kittenmommy 30th-Mar-2013 03:07 am (UTC)

I'd take their free coupons and eat their free food, and then I'd continue my boycott. I'd end up costing them money instead of giving them anything!
moonshaz 30th-Mar-2013 03:08 am (UTC)
This. Except for the last line, because I do (ugh) have a Chik Fil A near me.

I have no idea whether it's an "independent" franchise or not, but I'll never spend my money there regardless. Although if they gave me free coupons, I probably would use them--because that would cost THEM money--then never darken their door again!

Edited at 2013-03-30 03:08 am (UTC)
crossfire 29th-Mar-2013 07:54 pm (UTC)
Oh good, now straight people can have their chicken sandwiches again without feeling ~guilty~.
moonshaz 30th-Mar-2013 03:09 am (UTC)
Not THIS straight person, nor any other member of my immediate family. Not no way, not no how.
brbsb 30th-Mar-2013 02:46 pm (UTC)
Nor this one!
louisiane_fille 29th-Mar-2013 08:21 pm (UTC)
Sorry, no. Not that I question the franchise owner's sincerity, but change has to come from the top down. Until CFA stops giving to organizations that actively try to disenfranchise gays (both here and abroad), I will continue to boycott their overpriced food.
bnmc2005 29th-Mar-2013 09:52 pm (UTC)
The Rancho Cucamonga franchise may not be “about hate,” but many critics believe comments from Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy are blatantly anti-gay.

um....

[M]any but many critics believe PEOPLE WHO READ AND UNDERSTANT THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND believe THAT WORDS HAVE MEANINGS believe comments from Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy are blatantly anti-gay.

There fixed that for you.

FFS sake MEDIA please STOP minimizing things that are spoken in plain english and have absolutely no equivocation attributes whatsoever. WHO the fuck paid for this sentence to happen in this article?
moonshaz 30th-Mar-2013 03:10 am (UTC)
[M]any but many critics believe PEOPLE WHO READ AND UNDERSTANT THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND believe THAT WORDS HAVE MEANINGS believe comments from Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy are blatantly anti-gay.

A++++

Edited at 2013-03-30 03:10 am (UTC)
tigerdreams 29th-Mar-2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
As nice as it is that this one franchise owner isn't a complete asshole, he still backed the wrong horse when choosing a fast-food company to invest in. Besides, his gesture might have been a little more meaningful if he'd chosen to donate some of his personal profits to a marriage equality or other LGBT rights organization to offset the way profits from his business will be used by the parent company to promote hate, rather than just giving out some coupons.
nonnycat 30th-Mar-2013 02:22 am (UTC)
Well... ISTR the stuff about CFA supporting anti gay organizations only came out in the last couple years? If the franchise owner bought in before that, he may not have been aware. I agree with the rest of your comment though.
qara_isuke 29th-Mar-2013 11:49 pm (UTC)
astridmyrna You tried30th-Mar-2013 06:01 am (UTC)
you tried photo: yeahh you tried pois.gif
toxic_glory 30th-Mar-2013 07:54 am (UTC)
I wish they'd do that near me, then I could eat there again without worrying about my money going to shit like that

I MISS THAT CHICKEN SO MUCH
but I will continue to settle for Wendy's chicken sandwiches.
abee 30th-Mar-2013 01:45 pm (UTC)
Chick-fil-A,

I'm taking a big risk by guessing here, but I'm pretty sure that GLBT people don't really want your fucking free chicken, but just want you to stop donating to anti-gay groups and treat GLBT people as human beings. AS IT SHOULD BE.

*hat-tip*
nycscribbler 1st-Apr-2013 02:41 pm (UTC)
I can't help but feel it's a cunning plan to cost the company money by giving away food. I mean, it's a pittance, but it's still a statement.

On the other hand... yeah, it's Chick-Fil-A, fuck those guys.
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