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Vandals Paint "Tastes like hate" On Wall of Local Chick-fil-A
The Torrance Chick-fil-A was plastered with graffiti reading "Tastes like hate" along with the image of a cow, and authorities say they don't have any suspects.
The vandalism at the location at 18200 Hawthorne Boulevard is seeing the light of day the same day a national protest focusing on gay rights is targeting the Georgia-based fast food chain, with "kiss-ins" planned at locations around the country.
Police in Torrance say they will be monitoring all three area Chick-fil-A locations today, according to City News Service.
The "hate" referenced in the graffiti is in response to controversial remarks made by Dan Cathy, the company's president, who went on record about the business' Christian principles, "traditional" family values, donations to anti-gay organizations, and opposition to same-sex marriage.
While politician Mike Huckabee declared August 1 "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" and urged people to patronize their nearest location to show support for those same tenets, protesters have targeted Chick-fil-A for several days recently, including today's planned "National Same-Sex Kiss Day."
Locally, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has hope that the chain will have a change of heart, according to L.A. Now: "I'm proud to support them as we call on Chick-fil-A's leadership to reconsider their position and join the growing majority of Americans who support marriage equality," Villaraigosa said. "In Los Angeles and in America, love and liberty will always triumph."