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Protesters slam Chik-fil-A in Boardman



Published: Sun, August 5, 2012 @ 12:03 a.m.

By Sean Barron

news@vindy.com

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.

Barnes said that gay people should have the same rights as their straight counterparts.

“We should see fellow men and women as equals, regardless of how they were born or the lifestyles they choose,” he added.

Compounding such discrimination is that it’s legal in many states to fire people for being gay, noted Humphrey of New Castle, Pa., an advocate chairwoman of the Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays’ Pittsburgh chapter.

In addition, a recent article on the Huffington Post, a progressive and liberal news website, contends some gay Chick-fil-A employees have to hide their sexual orientation for fear of losing their jobs, added Humphrey, who also is a member of PFLAG’s Butler, Pa., chapter and hopes to start a chapter in Lawrence County, Pa.

Humphrey added that she feels “disheartened” that the controversy has brought more business to the chicken chain. During Saturday’s protest, however, most motorists honked their horns and gave the group a thumbs-up and other signs of support, Humphrey continued.

Holding a sign that read “Eat More Equality,” a parody of Chick-fil-A’s slogan, “Eat More Chikin,” Alex Barnes, 18, said one of his best friends is gay and has been the recipient of rude and derogatory remarks.

“Being gay is perfectly natural,” said Barnes, a senior at Ohio Virtual Academy, an online school. “[Cathy and others are] acting as if it’s a crime.”

Barnes said he feels that ignorance and fear are behind many people’s inability to accept LGBT people.

Gray, of Boardman, said she attended the protest because she has several friends who are gay, including some who want to get married. For Gray, who’s straight, the protest was to stress the importance of equal rights for everyone, without regard to sexual orientation.

“They’re in a cage and can’t do all of the things straight people can do,” she added.


Comments

1senod01(5 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Everyone is entitled to their opinions but according to the protest I guess it isn't the case anymore. So the protest that went on means nothing because they aren't allowed to have an opinion either.

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2diamondm35(42 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

People always want to protest another's belief.. Get with the program, everyone has a RIGHT to believe what they want. Gay people should know by now that everybody will not accept their lifestyle..!!

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3Alexinytown(246 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

The fact Chicago, San Francisco, and a number of college campuses are actively trying to restrict Chick-Fil-A from opening their stores by interfering with the permit and construction process is itself discrimination on the part of their city politicians.

The message sent by them? If we don't like your opinion, you can expect us to make it impossible for you to do business.

Far be it for anyone to be entitled to their own opinion anymore.

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4glbtactivist(261 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Donating to the modern Klan is something people should consider evil. The money from this chain of stores does go to a group that lobbied congress to support the Uganda law to kill gays just because they are gay. That is why that group is a hate group. Sure they can believe and say what they want, but putting store money behind their evil campaigns is not something people should support. It is something everyone should know about and not support. I did not support businesses that refused to serve blacks in my younger days, and I will not support businesses that use their money to fight against equal rights.

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5chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I recently saw a news story about agroup of black ministers who backed only traditional marriage. They were dead set against gay marriage.

Yet only Chick-fil-a gets the news coverage.

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6Photoman(1013 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

And the divisiveness created by this administration continues leading us toward the ruination of our nation. It is by design and yet we allow it to be foisted upon us by those we are supposed to trust.

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7Jerry(510 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

".........some gay Chick-fil-A employees have to hide their sexual orientation for fear of losing their jobs."

Where is the evidence of this? If any gay employees have this belief, on what EXACTLY is this belief based??

An let's start by admitting that "The Huffington Post said so...." is NOT an answer because the Huffington Post is NOT a reliable source. Where is the real evidence?

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8endthismess(324 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

People, get over this...stay out of the restraurant and read the Constitution until you can pass the test...then, read it again, again so it sinks in and stop whining.

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9brokeanddontcare(15 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I have no problem with gay folk, as long as they do not talk, come around me, look my way, or have any assosiation with me within the least. I think I will be making Chic a frequent stop knowing there will not be any bothering me there.

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10mcgill319(8 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Clearly, the majority of the these people just don't get it. One can believe a marriage is btw a man and woman without promoting hate. The world is made up of all types of people that are different from ourselves. Working or living with a LGBT person has no affect on me.
Why do you so called God fearing people hate and want to murder people those who are different from you?
This is not free speech on the part of Dan Cathy, but a proclamation of hate that he deliberately announced on the airways. He condones hate groups. He sells Chicken sandwiches for Pete's Sake and should stick to what he knows. A blogger claims that African American Ministers and that would be some, are against same sex marriage and wants to know why the public is not outraged by this. That blogger is too blind to see the difference, The Ministers don't support hate groups or have a product to sell and use their business to gain support.
Dan Cathy and his new found followers, in other words, Sheep, don't have anything to say about Heterosexual child abusers, wife beaters, sexual predators, wayward Priest's or any other deviant. What, they don't eat Chicken or work for a living? Where's the hatred for them, the real deviate's of our society? Would all of you still line up in droves in support of Dan Cathy if he made a statement in the national media against those kinds of people? Shame on you people who are supporting this hate. I'll leave you with this thought, Hitler thought he and the German people were pure, the only people who should live on this earth. How did that work out? For all of you so called religious protesters A.K.A hypocrites, Jesus (was) a Jew. And you can see, I'm an Atheists who only believes that Jesus once walked this earth and then was murdered by people like you.

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11chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Does the proclamation against gay marriage by the 4,000 African American pastors aand ministers constitute hate speech? I don't see anyone taking this on, even though their position is the same as Mr. Cathy's.

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12Lifes2Short(3878 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

glb

"The money from this chain of stores does go to a group that lobbied congress to support the Uganda law to kill gays just because they are gay."

And what "exactly" group is this???

gill

"Clearly, the majority of the these people just don't get it."

Get what? A man that is a CEO of a fast food chicken place that has his beliefs just like you have yours? Human beings are not allowed to have there beliefs that differ from yours?? Really?

"This is not free speech on the part of Dan Cathy, but a proclamation of hate that he deliberately announced on the airways."

And what exactly did he say that was hateful?

""The Ministers don't support hate groups or have a product to sell and use their business to gain support.""

How do YOU know who or what they support??? You don't.

"Dan Cathy and his new found followers, in other words, Sheep, don't have anything to say about Heterosexual child abusers, wife beaters, sexual predators, wayward Priest's or any other deviant."

Why you bring these up? Don't you know the difference of what the story is about? You can say also about all the wanna be gangstas being killed in Chicago, Detroit, Miami, flash mobs, etc. Abortions, religion, etc. You can bring up tons of stuff, so if your going to have any kind of credibility then stick to the topic.

"Shame on you people who are supporting this hate."

Same on you for hating people for there beliefs. Two way street skippy.

""I'll leave you with this thought, Hitler thought he and the German people were pure, the only people who should live on this earth. How did that work out? For all of you so called religious protesters A.K.A hypocrites, Jesus (was) a Jew. And you can see, I'm an Atheists who only believes that Jesus once walked this earth and then was murdered by people like you.""

Who cares what you are. And are you comparing "Hitler" and all that to this??? A guy that don't believe in same sex marriage. Are you SERIOUS?

I'm a Catholic, but I could care less about same sex marriage, but I really do laugh my a@#$ off at all the stupidity this is becoming. Let it go, grow up, move on to MAJOR issues instead of ONE guys beliefs. smh at such stupidity in society today.

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13captainpeewee(70 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Chik fli a is racest chicken outlet,for years there seperating the white meat from the dark meat ,call out Jackson and sharpton

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14DAWABBIT(30 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

What would Jesus say about patronizing Chic-Fill-A?

http://assets.diylol.com/hfs/f3e/e84/...

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