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How Will 'Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day' Play in Bay Area?

Although there are no Chick-Fil-A restaurants on the Peninsula, there are several in the Bay Area. Some same-sex marriage supporters are encouraging counter-actions to the restaurant's "appreciation day."

 

More than chicken sandwiches and waffle fries are on the menu today at Chick-fil-A fast-food franchises, including some in the Bay Area.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has declared today "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" and called on supporters to patronize the company, which has been under fire since its CEO came out against same-sex marriage last month.

Huckabee wrote on the Facebook page for the appreciation day, "I have been incensed at the vitriolic assaults on the Chick-fil-A company because the CEO, Dan Cathy, made comments recently in which he affirmed his view that the Biblical view of marriage should be upheld." Cathy made the remarks in a July 16 interview with "Baptist Press."

"We are very much supportive of the family -- the Biblical definition of the family unit ... We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that," Cathy told the Christian news service.

A woman answering the phone at the Fairfield Chick-fil-A franchise at 1750 Travis Blvd. around 11 a.m. said she was too busy to talk.

"We are slammed out the door," she said, and suggested calling back later in the day.

The "Appreciation Day," which boasts more than 610,600 "attendees" nationwide on its Facebook page, has spurred backlash from those who support same-sex marriage rights.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or GLAAD, is encouraging counter-actions today. An online campaign is under way that suggests donating $6.50 -- the approximate cost of a meal at Chick-fil-A -- to an LGBT-friendly organization.

A San Jose Chick-fil-A location is opening on Aug. 16, and same-sex marriage supporters have organized a protest at the restaurant at 53 Headquarters Drive this afternoon. Forty-five people have said on the protest's Facebook page that they will attend the 3 p.m. demonstration.

The page directs participants to "wear purple, bring signs or flags to express your support of marriage equality, and come ready to march."

This Friday, some gay marriage supporters will participate in a "National Same-Sex Kiss Day" in which groups throughout the U.S. plan to smooch in front of Chick-fil-A restaurants to show "the real definition of marriage," according to an online flier for the event.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee weighed in on the controversy in a Tweet last week that read, "Closest #ChickFilA to San Francisco is 40 miles away & I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer." A third Bay Area Chick-fil-A location is scheduled to open on Sept. 20 at 2750 N. Main St. in Walnut Creek.

The franchise had planned to open a new location in Mountain View as well, but the restaurant has been met with opposition since the company's political affiliations came to light.

 

--Bay City News

patty August 01, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Drove to Fairfield from South San Francisco! Waited in line with a couple hundred people. Well worth the ride to support!!
Carole Brady-Duport August 01, 2012 at 11:11 PM
I wouldn't eat there if I was starving!
Jim C August 01, 2012 at 11:54 PM
I support gay rights and same-sex marriage. At the same time, I support the right of individuals and religious groups to feel differently, unless they are being directly abusive toward an individual. Honestly, in this particular instance I feel like the gay-rights activists are the ones that are being bullies. If they don't want to patronize Chick-fil-A, fine. But I find their call for us to boycott Chick-fil-A to be a little heavy-handed.
Tess August 02, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Wish I could have joined you but had tons of work to do - will definitely make it a point to get my chicken meals from Chick-fil-A from now on. Freedom of speech - so important to support this precious Right !!
wolfone August 02, 2012 at 04:31 PM
So glad chik a fil has so many bay area supporters. I wonder if you would want to work there or have your kids work there the way they treat their workers? I have seen reports and not only are they hateful bigots but don't treat their employees well. But go on eat that crap...its your heart! Garbage in garbage OUT...
wolfone August 02, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Another thing since when do Ex govs tell us what to do? Huckabee was a faux talking head? Who listens to him?
wolfone August 02, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Really? Wasted all that gas for chikafil? You must have time and money to burn I guess. Well good for you. Bless your heart.
wolfone August 02, 2012 at 04:36 PM
ditto!
wolfone August 02, 2012 at 04:54 PM
This is for the chikfil lovers found this on a blog: Anonymous9:39 AM Speaking of Chick-fil-a....... Sun Sentinel Dec. 2011 Chick-fil-A, 1560 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., Boynton Beach was cited Dec. 5 for 12 critical violations. According to state documents, infractions included: 44 live roaches and 20 dead roaches observed, a cooler interior was soiled with food residue; a bag of carrots was on the floor of a cooler; an employee was observed engaging in food preparation, handling clean equipment or utensils or touching unwrapped items without washing hands; garbage was on the ground and/or the pad around the dumpster; an employee was cutting cabbage with bare hands and the establishment had no approved alternative operating procedure in effect; there was soil buildup inside an ice bin and a lettuce cutter was on the floor. You can check out a restaurant on our searchable databases that have information provided by the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation. For restaurants between Palm Beach County and Key West, bookmark this link: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/health/sfl-restaurant-inspections-database,0,4135058.htmlstory For Central Florida/Orlando restaurants check here: http://databases.sun-sentinel.com/Orlando/orlandoRestaurantInspections2 http://tinyurl.com/bnogazb By the way, many states have restaurant inspection searchable databases so you'll have to google that.
Jim C August 02, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Wolf, I respect your opinion. But don't you think giving restaurant inspections from Another state is trying just a little too hard?

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