California Chick-fil-A Franchisee Offers Free Food to Gay-Marriage Supporters

Baby steps.
Baby steps.

Here’s something we didn’t see coming: A Chick-fil-A franchisee in Rancho Cucamonga, California, this week decided to show his support for the gay-marriage cause. Rallies erupted across the country as the Supreme Court was hearing oral arguments yesterday and Tuesday in the cases challenging Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, and Rancho Cucamonga was no exception. But right near the intersection where supporters of marriage equality were rallying Monday stands Corey Braun’s Chick-fil-A franchise. As the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports, Braun decided to take a stand and hand out some free meal coupons to everyone at the rally. “There were a lot of things said over the past year,” Braun said. “[And] I wanted to show that Chick-fil-A doesn’t discriminate against anybody. We serve everyone.”

Of course, he also tried to downplay last year’s controversy, saying that Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s statements were “taken out of context.” But there’s not much to take out of context, really. Cathy said he was “very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,” and he donated $2 million to the anti-gay-marriage cause in 2010.

Also, the company as a whole has already said they’re quite happy to serve their chicken to gay people, and to “treat every person with honor, dignity and respect.”

But cheers to Mr. Braun for actually donating something to the side opposing Dan Cathy’s beliefs. Gay people, their allies, and even some drag queens enjoy a good fried-chicken sandwich now and again.

Chick-fil-A franchisee gave free meals to gay marriage supporters at rally [Inland Valley Daily Bulletin via HuffPo]
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