The gay rights group Equality Illinois is launching a campaign, 'Flick-the-Hate,' which urges people to sign a petition to evict Chick-fil-A restaurants from universities and malls, reports CBS Chicago.
In a statement, Equality Illinois said: “As we challenge the company’s anti-LGBT policies, we must also ask these universities and mall owners why they want to do business with a company that holds up hate as a family value."
Equality Illinois is also urging people in Chicago, who support gay rights, to participate in an 'Eat for Love Day' on Wednesday, Aug. 1. The organization is urging people to eat at a local restaurant that supports LGBT rights and “is unafraid to show its support for equality for everyone.”
Aug. 1 is the same day that Fox News host Mike Huckabee is launching a nationwide Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, urging people to visit the restaurant.
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On Friday, Aug. 3, Equality Illinois is urging gay and lesbian couples to go to Chick-fil-A restaurants for a “kiss-in” campaign, where “LGBT supporters will show their disdain for Chick-Fil-A’s policies with public displays of affection in front of their restaurants.”
Chick-fil-A has drawn controversy ever since the Baptist Press quoted CEO Dan Cathy as saying: “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.”
“I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say ‘we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’ and I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about."