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 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 and an image of a cow on the side of the building.
Maryland but the issue will go to referendum in November after thousands of petitions were submitted to the state in opposition of the law.