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Chick-Fil-A and Gay Marriage: Do You Support the Chain's Stance?

Even if you disagree, do you agree the company has a right to take a stand? Will you still "eat mor chikin"?

The nationwide media storm over the anti-gay-marriage stance by the president of Chick-fil-A came home to roost in the St. Louis area last week as local stores saw record traffic and huge crowds.

Most of the visitors said they supported the stance taken by Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy in the Biblical Recorder on gay marriage. Later, in an interview on the topic, Cathy said: "As it relates to society in general, I think we are 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.'"

On Wednesday, a day conservative commentators dedicated toward showing support for Chick-fil-A, crowds gathered at the and in . The chain has seven locations in the St. Louis area, including a store in Des Peres on Manchester Road and at the West County Center; one in St. Peters at the Mid Rivers Mall; one in O'Fallon; and one at St. Louis University. 

The debate hasn't entirely been civil. Someone , CA.

However, officials from the on Wednesday, dubbed “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day." Opponents of the chain's stand on gay marriage planned "Same Sex Kiss" day for Friday.

Do you agree with Dan Cathy's stated position on gay marriage? Even if you don't, do you have a problem with he and his company taking a position on the subject? If you disagree, is that enough to drive you away from eating there?

Dan Johnson August 28, 2012 at 04:24 PM
RDBet. Good point, and good examples. The science supports this conclusion which was also observed as far back as Freud: Department of Psychology, University of Georgia, Athens 30602-3013, USA. Abstract: The authors investigated the role of homosexual arousal in exclusively heterosexual men who admitted negative affect toward homosexual individuals. Participants consisted of a group of homophobic men (n = 35) and a group of nonhomophobic men (n = 29); they were assigned to groups on the basis of their scores on the Index of Homophobia (W. W. Hudson & W. A. Ricketts, 1980). The men were exposed to sexually explicit erotic stimuli consisting of heterosexual, male homosexual, and lesbian videotapes, and changes in penile circumference were monitored. They also completed an Aggression Questionnaire (A. H. Buss & M. Perry, 1992). Both groups exhibited increases in penile circumference to the heterosexual and female homosexual videos. Only the homophobic men showed an increase in penile erection to male homosexual stimuli. The groups did not differ in aggression. Homophobia is apparently associated with homosexual arousal that the homophobic individual is either unaware of or denies. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8772014
Dan Johnson August 28, 2012 at 05:05 PM
mike. The information you cite is the number of self reporting same sex couples. It does not attempt to include those LGBT people who are single, nor those who are not comfortable reporting such information to strangers. They know, as you demonstrate, there are some anti-gay people who will stalk those who speak out in favor of equal rights. So, yes, you are either making stuff up, or failing to understand the information you provide. Either way, you still fail to provide any scientific justification or legitimate governmental interest sufficient for denial of equal rights as required by the constitution.
mike k August 28, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Wrong, I am not stalking anyone and it is a myth that homosexuals are being stalked period. I just believe homosexuality is an immoral and hedonistic life stye that among other things has led to the spread of Aids plus a weakening of this countries morals. It is however your right to live your lifestyle no matter how destructive. It is not your right to marry as Missouri voters confirmed that marriage is between a man and a woman by passing a constitutional amendment 72% to 28% in 2004. You can whine all you want, but forget homosexual marriage ever being legal in Missouri. It's never going to happen, ever. You'll have to kill us first.
Dan Johnson August 28, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Call it what you want, but your repeated attempts to find out where I live qualify as stalking behavior. Again, you confuse lifestyle with sexual orientation. Sexual orientation does not cause AIDS. A virus known as HIV causes AIDS and anyone can catch it, independent of sexual orientation. A lifestyle that includes unprotected intercourse with multiple partners is what results in the spread of HIV, whether straight or gay. Monogamous relationships with an uninfected partner cannot spread HIV, whether straight or gay. You provide no scientific justification nor legitimate governmental interest sufficient for treating gay people differently than straight people. Again, HIV is at best, an argument for encouraging fidelity through marriage equality. And again, equal rights were never intended to depend on popular opinion of the majority. While true marriage equality may not happen here before you are long gone, discrimination, no matter how popular, violates the spirit of equal protection under the law upon which our country was founded. “As irrational prejudice plainly never constitutes a legitimate government interest, this court must hold that Sections 3 of DOMA as applied to Plaintiffs violates the equal protection principles embodied in the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.” (Gill)
Robin Tidwell August 28, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Oh, and I didn't stalk. I clicked on your name, which leads to your Patch profile. Says "Napa" right up top.

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