Chick-fil-A: Anti-Gay Marriage Chain Set to Open More Bay Area Restaurants

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The corporate chicken fight continues
Chick-fil-A, the fast food chain that San Franciscans reamed last month, has given the gay marriage movement a few more potential Bay Area locations to stage future kiss-ins.

According to media outlets, the Atlanta-based chain bought property in Novato in Marin County this past month with hopes of opening a new restaurant soon, and it has other plans to expand to the East Bay.

Naturally, this news has left a bad taste in the mouths of the LGBT community.

Stuart Gaffney, media director of MarriageEquality USA, told SF Weekly that he wasn't confident the fast-food chain would thrive in this neighborhood.

"I think restaurant customers in Marin County will keep in mind that Chick-fil-A takes their profits and ... funnels them into their charitable arms" for organizations that fight equal rights for gay people, he said.

Meanwhile, Rebecca Rolf, executive director of the San Francisco LGBT Center, encouraged the heartburn-inducing eatery to "rethink their corporate policies in opening a business here in the Bay Area" -- an area, which, she pointed out, has a wildly different demographic than its Atlanta base.

The deep-fried chicken controversy began when the company's CEO, Dan Cathy, admitted his fast-food chain operated on biblical values and openly opposed same-sex marriage. This infuriated gay rights advocates across the nation, including San Francisco where Mayor Ed Lee publicly snubbed the restaurant, saying it was not welcome here. Protesters called for boycotts and organized kiss-ins in front of the Fairfield location, just 40 miles from San Francisco.

As it turns out, the fried chicken company scoffed at his threat, and took a 20-mile leap toward San Francisco. And it doesn't plan on stopping there: Chick-fil-A has its eye on locations in Walnut Creek and Mountain View, too, according to media outlets.

Chick-fil-A has over 1,600 restaurants nationwide. Fifty-two of these are in California, but only one is currently located near the Bay Area, according to the company's website.

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b_liz129
b_liz129

I have gay friends....but I also believe.in the Bible and I also know that gay people need to stop wanting to be accepted when they can not accept a religious persons beliefs....live ur life and let everyone else live theirs. Maybe some of us should take time to read the Bible...marriage should be between a woman and a man.....and men should not lay men. It is in the Bible....I would love to hear what anyone thinks of what's in the Bible about that

checkmate408
checkmate408

It's perfectly fine to disagree with something, as long as you still respect it. It's like religion. Everyone has his/her own religion. They obviously disagree with other religions which is why they are following their own religion. And although you disagree with others, it's still VERY important to respect the decisions and religions of others. This matter is no different. Chick-Fil-A essentially states that they disagree with and is opposed to same sex marriage. That is their personal belief. Why is that a problem? One can disagree with something, but still be respectful of the laws and other people's views. If you choose to follow Christianity, does that mean that people of other religions should protest outside your door because you don't agree with their respective religion? People need to stop forcing their own beliefs on others and let the world be. Don't protest to shut down a legitimate business or tell a business they are not welcomed into your town because of their personal views or beliefs. Would you not go into a great restaurant run by fellow humans who happen to be Muslim just because they won't accept Christianity? A respectful human being wouldn't even consider it.  Have respect for each others views and beliefs, but don't try to punish others or force your own views upon them. Get over it and get on with life.

moneytree5001
moneytree5001

A big THANK YOU to the  LGBT community I found out about Chick-fil-A and loves their menu.  Nothing but Chick-Fil-A for me from now until eternity.  

Wet_Edward
Wet_Edward

@XtremliBIWomen @sfweekly...I hope SF activist mobilize and protest this and will keep the pressure on Chick-fil-A nationally.

dksbook
dksbook

@TheSnitchSF Well, at least we'll know where the Xtians are at mealtime.

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