I have to respectfully disagree with some of your comments , Grouden. First of all, Chick-Fil-A did not donate any money to organizations that bash, demoralize, or consider members of the GLBT community as any less of a human being than straight people. The company does, however, donate a lot of money to several ogranizations that provide help, services, etc etc to help building and maintaining positive healthy marriages withen the Christian realm. What Chick-Fil-A does with their money is their business. The company and it's employees do not discriminate against anybody in the sense of hirring employees and/or serving customers. Now, if they denied employment or service to a GLBT individual, that would be a whole different story, and I would be writting a completely different comment.But here is my "beef" with the situation as well as a majority of peoples (pun intended). Some GLBT leaders, TV pundits/talking-heads, and worst of all, politicians in elected office, keep yelling for tolerance from Chick-Fil-A. And these same people who demand tolerance and whatnot from Chick-Fil-A, are the same politicians who are saying they are going to 'ban' the resturant from their cities, and telling the business they are not welcome their, to go along with several other threats... Tolerance, huh?..... Kind of funny how people demand tolerance and 'equality' and in the same sentence demonize a business and threatening to ban them due to the fact that the business donates money to organizations who have different views and opinions. Tolerance goes both ways..... Chick-Fil-A's higher ups donate money to causes and organizations that they feel is important... That's their right... I have never seen them or have heard of any story where they denied employment to a homosexual or denied service to a homosexual. Infact, a good friend of mine is a shift manager at a Chick-Fil-A in Houston. He is openly gay and the company knows that, but that doesn't change the fact that they still pay for his college........ Tolerance.... Goes both ways.
I can't in good conscience show up to support anything if it will alienate a certain group and make them feel singled out as individuals provided that the group in question isn't causing anyone or anything physical harm. Going to Chick-fil-A today would have made me part of a visual crowd that represents intolerance for a group of people that have done nothing to me, and I would not participate in something like that because I think it's mean-spirited and just plain against my morals as a human being. But to everyone that did show up today, I can only say that I hope one day no one ever makes you feel so alienated and singled out as you made GLBT Victorians feel today seeing you standing in line to support something that is against who they are. I would not wish that even on you.