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Protester: Chick-fil-A CEO crossed line by supporting hate group



Published: Sat, August 4, 2012 @ 8:49 p.m.

BOARDMAN

The fact that many gay and transgender people still suffer discrimination and persecution for who they are is something David Barnes, Bonnie Humphrey, Carrie Gray and Alex Barnes find hard to swallow.

So after the chief executive officer of a national restaurant chain recently expressed opposition to gay marriages and unions, they expressed their opposition to his views.

“You don’t have to be gay to support the LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] community,” said David Barnes of Cortland, referring to his participation in Saturday’s demonstration near Chick-fil-A, 1051 Boardman-Poland Road. “I’m straight.”

The four took part in a three-hour protest near the eatery to denounce and call others’ attention to the position of Dan T. Cathy, the Atlanta-based fast-food chicken chain’s CEO, who has come under fire from some groups for remarks he made opposing such marriages and unions.

Several people staged a similar protest at the location Wednesday.

Carrying a sign that read “Chock-ful-a-Hate,” Barnes contended that Cathy “went beyond stating his beliefs” by giving money to groups that support homophobic views, including an organization deemed a hate group by the Montgomery, Ala.-based Southern Poverty Law Center.

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