Mixed feelings about the newest Chicago-area Chick-fil-A

What if this chicken sandwich wanted to marry a hamburger of the same gender?

A new Chick-fil-A restaurant is opening near me, in Batavia, Ill. And I admit to having mixed feelings on this.

I like whenever a new business opens in my community. It’s a refreshing change from all the “Going out of Business” signs I’ve seen since 2007. And Chick-fil-A’s certainly draw in the business. They’re as hot now as Krispy Kreme doughnuts were in the early 2000s, before that restaurant chain imploded.

But there’s that whole gay marriage issue. I don’t want to patronize a restaurant run by a man, Dan Cathy, who doesn’t believe that gay people have the right to get married. I don’t know if Chick-fil-A has given money to groups that promote an anti-gay marriage. The debate on that is still going on. But I do believe that opposing gay marriage is discriminating against homosexuals.

My question has always been this: How does letting gay people marry hurt the institution of marriage? I’ve never heard anyone provide a rational answer to this. That’s probably because letting homosexuals marry doesn’t hurt marriage at all.

I’d never call for a boycott of Chick-fil-A. I think consumers can make up their own minds if they want to eat there or not. And I certainly think Cathy has the right to speak his mind regarding gay marriage.

I just happen to think he’s wrong.

By the way, I wonder, too, about the whole Chick-fil-A boom. Is it real or is it a fad? Back to Krisy Kreme: Remember when the opening of a Krispy Kreme was a real event? Then things went south for the company. Krispy Kreme, after its boom days, ended up closing more than 240 U.S. locations from 2004 through 2009.

Is the Chick-fil-A boom destined to end the same way? I mean, how many chicken sandwiches does one country need?

— Dan Rafter

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2 Responses to Mixed feelings about the newest Chicago-area Chick-fil-A

  1. Chick-fil-A is no longer just in support of customers “Eating More Chicken” — it has also expressed support of what it calls “ the biblical definition of the family unit .” That’s the Southern-hospitality way of saying it’s against gay marriage.

    • AMEN……all needed is” given – rights ” to the Significant Others… not “Marriage” that was instituted,( as Webster dictionary states, marry,married,marrying, and marriage is a wedding ceremony,, state of being married, joined as Husband and Wife, take or given
      in marriage)…. most important instituted, brought into existence and.:established by Christ.

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