by Kathy Drasky
Why is an anti-gay chicken sandwich trumping the rights of same-sex binational couples? Do gay people love our fast food more than we love our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?
Last month, the popular Chick-fil-A chain, owned by a good, upstanding Christian family with a last name that’s a first name (Cathy), wandered into that minefield of American debate – separation of church and business – and promised to donate free sandwiches and brownies to a Pennsylvania-based anti-gay marriage group. While the Cathy family insists “We're not anti-anybody,” and dismiss reports of a homophobic agenda as “folklore”, they have not pulled out of their commitment to feed the bigots.
This has led to at least two groups launching anti-Chick-fil-A petitions on Change.org, the Internet’s leading site for social change that “empowers people to take action.” A high percentage of the people who need empowering are LGBT. I know, because an organization I helped launch, Out4Immigration, has been using Change.org to get out our message – equal immigration rights for same-sex binational couples – for the past 3 years.
Over the past week, I’ve watched as the petitions urging LGBT people and our families, friends and supporters to stay away from Chick-fil-A and remove Chick-fil-A from college food courts have garnered more than 30,000 signatures. This is an astounding response when matched against Out4Immigration’s own petition to reintroduce the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) in the 112th Congress. The UAFA petition has been on Change.org since mid-January and has barely 500 signatures. (Read more on OpenSalon.com)
Note: This story originally appeared in OpenSalon.com.