The Chick-fil-A kiss-in in Hollywood wasnâ€™t as big as the stream of supporters who turned out for â€śChick-fil-A Appreciation Dayâ€ť â€“ but it was perhaps more colorful. And the outpouring of media -made it seem successful, especially as protesters stayed well into the night for the â€śliveâ€ť 11:00pm newscasts.
KABC interviewed a number of participants â€“ and a man who supports Chick-fil-A: â€śWeâ€™re on the side of biblical marriage, defined by God in the old and new testament. That marriage is between a man and a woman.â€ť
James Mason from West Hollywood countered:
Heâ€™s [Cathy] welcome to send his money wherever he wants to.Â But I want him to know that Iâ€™m not going to spend my money here, weâ€™re not going to spend our money here so he can take our money and put it towards groups that are trying to take away our rights.
During the day, much attention was paid to some graffiti painted on a Chick-fil-A in Torrance, which the cops and some media described as vandalism.(Protest statement on Chick-fil-A wall in Torrance. Photo via Huffington Post)
“Everybody is entitled to free speech, but it seems like for the gay tribe, this is more of an issue of equal rights — human rights,” explained Castro. “I’m against what these people stand for, what this company stands for. They’re trying to take away what little rights we already have.”
And when Castro sawÂ news photos of thousands of Americans lined upÂ around the block to buy a sandwich in support of the company on “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,” his heart sank even more.
“I thought of the photographs from 40 years ago of Christians protesting blacks marrying whites,” said Castro. “It is the same thing.”
Castro acknowledged that Cathy’s comments don’t represent every Chick-fil-A employee. But he underscored the fact that even though the franchise may be individually owned and operated, Chick-fil-A corporate headquarters, and thus Cathy, still get a cut of the profits.
“I don’t have anything against those [employees], but I do have an issue with [Cathy], who makes billions of dollars and thenÂ gives millions away to peopleÂ who are against rights for gays.”â€¦.
At the end of the day, said Castro, “It’s paint on a wall. It got removed in less than an hour. It’s not that much of a crime — it’s a protest.”