Tastes Like Equality? Local Chik-fil-A Gives Out Free Food to Same Sex Marriage Supporters
Last year, some supporters of same sex marriage wanted American fast food consumers to know that Chick-fil-A "tastes like hate," thanks to their CEO's Biblically-focused stance on the issue. But this week, one Southern California Chick-fil-A franchisee wanted to show his support for the supporters by offering gay marriage rally participants free food.
"Corey Braun, the operator-owner of a Chick-fil-A near Foothill and Day Creek boulevards, provided dozens of free entree tickets to gay marriage supporters at a demonstration" this week, according to the Daily Bulletin.
Braun says: "Chick-fil-A has never been about hate."
The franchisee wants to emphasize that the chain doesn't discriminate, and is hospitable to any group of people, "regardless of their beliefs, sexual orientation, or whatever."
Rally participants were surprised by Braun's support. The LGBT community and their straight allies in the area were stung last year when politician Mike Huckabee declared August 1 "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" and urged people to patronize their nearest location to show support for the same religious tenets espoused by the chain's CEO.
In response, several Chick-fil-A locations were the site of same sex "kiss-in" protests.
"Chick-fil-A has yet to confirm if Braun's views do indeed reflect those of the company at large," points out Gawker, while Eater took a more cynical view, noting that as of now it's not clear if Braun "will face any sort of consequences for being a decent person."