In response to Chick-fil-A's president making statements in support of traditional marriage, same-sex marriage supporters deemed Friday, Aug. 3, as "National Same Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A."
Same-sex couples are taking pictures in front of the fast food locations across the country as part of the demonstration. Above, Elkridge couple Julie and Sama Bellomo posed for a kiss in front of the Chick-fil-A on Executive Park Drive in Columbia.
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Tension has ensued after Dan Cathy, Chick-fil-A's president, shared his views on family during a visit to North Carolina.
"We are very much supportive of the family—the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that," Cathy told North Carolina newspaper the Biblical Recorder.
In a show of support for the president of the company's views, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee declared Wednesday, Aug. 1, as Customer Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A, reported the L.A. Times; and, according to CNN, it was a record day for the chain in sales.
On Wednesday, a Chick-Fil-A in Westminster reported long lines, and Carroll County public officials have spoken out in support of a third location of the chain locating to Eldersburg.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) organized the National Same-Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country for Aug. 3, coordinated around a National Same Sex Kiss Day Facebook page.
"Head to your local Chick-fil-A and share a kiss with your sweetie," organizers posted on the page. "Let's show Chick-fil-A that EVERYONE deserves to be able to fall in love, start a family, and take their children to eat fried chicken after a soccer match. ;)"
The chain is facing heat across the country.
In Torrance, CA, a Chick-fil-A was vandalized with graffiti Friday by someone who spray-painted the words "Tastes Like Hate" and an image of a cow on the side of the building.