Gay rights activists protest after chain president's endorsement of "the biblical definition of the family unit." Sharon Wright reports.
It was a day to kiss and tell, at least for the Friday protestors of Chicago’s Chick-fil-A.
Protestors of the chicken chain held a "kiss-in" at the Chicago restaurant and other Chick-fil-A restaurants around the country in opposition of the recently declared Appreciation Day that had supporters flooding to restaurants across the nation.
Gay rights activists and marriage equality supporters were on the scene, with some smoochers holding signs outside the restaurant reading “We Win” as they locked lips.
But the event wasn't nearly as successful as Wednesday's Appreciation Day, where hundreds lined up to show their support.
The controversy comes after the chain president’s endorsement of “the biblical definition of the family unit.”
Chicago Alderman Joe “Proco” Moreno and Mayor Rahm Emanuel have voiced opposition to the chain’s attempt to set up a second Chicago location stating “their values are not Chicago values.” Both have retracted to say they will allow the new location if it passes all necessary criteria.
Though the protests were projected to draw a much larger crowd, supporters say the event was still successful.
“We understand that, you know, just because [people] are eating at Chick-fil-A doesn’t mean they don’t support equality,” said Bobby Harvey. “For the most part people have been pretty rational and nice.”
Harvey and other interns for Equality Illinois stood outside the restaurant collecting signatures for supporters to petition the government to recognize same sex marriages. They plan to use their petition to back their stance against Chick-fil-A.
On the other side of the controversy, couples for traditional marriage laws garbed in their wedding gowns and tuxedos gathered on the street later on to show their support for President Dan Cathy’s stance against gay marriage.
“There are a lot of couples that embrace traditional values and that needs to be respected as well,” said Daniel Cruz, who was paired with wife Jennifer Cruz, most known as Miss Illinois 2012.