One-year-old Emerson Madaffari plays with her mother Tascha while her brothers William, 2, and Dominic, 9, munch on McDonald's happy meals with Laura Whitman and Taylor Pasqualetti-Campbell, 10.
DECATUR, Ga. —
Gay rights activists held “Kiss-A-Thon” demonstrations at Chick-fil-A restaurants across metro Atlanta in light of the company president’s recent controversial comments.
For weeks, the restaurant chain has faced backlash after its president, Dan Cathy, publicly announced his opposition to gay marriage. But supporters came out in full force packing restaurants on what was dubbed Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day on Wednesday.
Two days later, Kiss-A-Thon participants were encouraged to go to the fast food chain and kiss fellow demonstrators of the same sex. Channel 2’s Diana Davis went to a Chick-fil-A in downtown Decatur, where about two dozen protesters were gathered by noon.
Protesters carried placards with messages urging customers to eat elsewhere. Some participants said the fight is also about Cathy’s financial contributions toward groups perceived as being anti-gay.
“Look, he can believe whatever he wants but then, when he puts money or pen to the paper for places that diligently try to stop equal rights in marriage or pray the gay away or organizations like that, he’s not going to get my money no more,” Marcia Alt told Davis.