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POLL: Big Business Pressured To Take Stand On Gay Rights

Chick-fil-A took a stand on gay marriage this week -- a trend that may be due to pressure from gay right's advocates.

Pressure from gay right’s advocates may have led the top official of the fast-food chain Chick-fil-A to take a public position on same-sex marriage.

This week Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy said his privately owned company is against gay unions.

Chad Griffin, president of the gay right’s non-profit Human Rights Campaign, said in a released statement Thursday that Chick-fil-A "has finally come clean" after hiding in the closet.

“Chick-fil-A is headed by a man who is proud of his company’s anti-LGBT giving and has made some extremist statements concerning marriage equality. Consumers now have to decide if that’s the kind of company they want to give their money to,” the Human Rights Campaign statement read.

This week when the Chick-fil-A president declared his company’s “guilty as charged” position on gay marriage, he added, “We’re 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 marriage.”

Human Rights Campaign and other organizations like it have pressured top government officials and business leaders to state their positions on gay marriage and gay rights, claiming that voters and consumers have a right to know.

Human Rights Campaign currently hosts a website that includes a “Buyer’s Guide” that rates businesses and brands on equality practices. Out of a possible score of 100, Chick-fil-A received a zero from Human Rights Campaign.

Other local restaurants rated by Human Rights Campaign include Starbucks, which received a score of 95; McDonald’s scored 75; Burger King scored 55; Domino’s Pizza scored 35; Wendy’s scored 30; and Jack in the Box scored 15.

Click here to read more about Human Rights Campaign’s scoring model and how it rates other national businesses that have a local presence.

andy July 20, 2012 at 08:29 PM
What's your point?
andy July 20, 2012 at 08:30 PM
That's your opinion and no one is saying you aren't entitled to continue acting like you have been so far in your life. But, Barry, not everyone is like you, do you get that? Not everyone thinks like you.
andy July 20, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Exactly Hope, you and everyone else is free to be an idiot and hypocritical homophobic hate monger if they want to be and that includes you and Chicfil, and you guys are free to express these primitive and oppressive opinions. And guess what Hope, I'm free to say I'm going to boycott your Axx. I actually respect the man for not lying, and saying how he really felt so that I can make informed decisions. Now I'm boycotting that company. I hope they go out of business and I'm free to say this!!!!!
Cat July 20, 2012 at 09:14 PM
@Andy....just answer the question! Just answer the question! (Are you feeling 'pressured' to give us an answer?
Barry D July 20, 2012 at 09:38 PM
wow, thanks for the heads-up, Andy...I arogantly expected all people thought as I do. The point is that too many people like you expect any entity that they are going to interact with, whether it be a business ot whatever, to think or act as they do or they are going to 'show them' by boycotting. The left-leaning sort are so quick to spout off with words like, 'hate, intolerance, or racism' and yet they are the worst when it comes to acceptance of those who think other than the way they do. In fact, I find that the very things they accuse the other side of is exactly what they are doing themselves......and even worse as far as intolerance of other's views. The fact is, there are plenty of businesses whose views-from-top are against mine, but I don't spend my time looking for lame attempts to hopefully ruin them. Again, this is 'Occupy <blank>' mentality. Sure, you have every right not to shop somewhere, but stop with the vitriol all the time to try and encite everyone into an uprising against whatever it is you don't like......this negative energy all the time is ugly. Just enjoy life, pal, and stop looking for reasons to be angry.
Mandi Macabre July 20, 2012 at 10:21 PM
This is old news. I stopped eating at Chick-fil-a a while ago because of this. Am I going to put them out of business? More than likely no, but this is about as much of an impact as I can make on this particular situation. They are absolutely entitled to practice business as they see fit, but I don't have to agree with nor support it. (I'm also not a big fan of the little Bible references on In-N-Outs drink cups and fries packages, but that's another matter.) People use various reasons to not support a business, this is just another that happens to be a very public issue right now.
Cat July 20, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Really Andy? Calling names? Five exclamations? Why so angry? Confused feelings? When I was a child, I spoke and acted like a child......then I grew up! There's no need to act like your opinion is the only 'entitled' one here.
Barry D July 20, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Mandi, I get your point.....and you are looking at it civilly. But the In-n-Out thing? Really? Do bible references in the cup really affect your day one way or the other? Please tell me you don't find that offensive. They are just putting what they think is a positive message out there....you may not agree with it, but why look at it negatively? That's someone who is Jewish, which I am not, wishing me a Happy Chanukah. I appreciate they fact that they are wishing me good tidings in their own way....I don't have subscribe to their beliefs to appreciate the positive thoughts.
Dani July 20, 2012 at 11:28 PM
The company took a stand, they did discriminate. They took a stand. Do you see anywhere where they won't servr the LGBT community. They just told it like it is
andy July 21, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Oh, did I offend you? Perhaps, Now you may know what it feels like to be considered less than a person or less than welcome. Doesn't feel so good when others pre-judge you or make grand statements against you especially when they don't even know you. So I guess you can get an inkling what gay people and their friends and family may feel like when the COO of a local company wants discriminate against an entire class of people. You just don't get it. Shame on you.
andy July 21, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Lady, I'm the biggest blackest, gayest, anchor-baby, atheistic, ACLU loving, food stamp using, liberal voting, cross-dressing, US citizen, tree hugging, queer - you've ever met . Lady, I'm your worst nightmare! lol.
MD July 21, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Perhaps I missed something, but where exactly is the discrimination here? As I read it, Chik-Fil-A president, Dan Cathy, has expressed his opinion based on his morals and Biblical beliefs. I respect Dan Cathy sticking to his beliefs despite a small political group's pressure and have always respected Chik-Fil-A for standing by it's corporate beliefs, such as closing on Sundays. How refreshing! I have never understood these radical group's way of thinking, "Freedom of Speech...As long as you agree with us". (And yes, the opinion of the Human Rights Campaign and LGBT groups are in the minority as evidence in the Prop 8 vote in California...Hello?)
Anon July 21, 2012 at 01:24 AM
I dont think any business should voice their opinion about anyones sexuality. I prefer not to know about anyones sexuality either gay or straight. Its not anyones business. People need to stop marching in parades and flaunting, no one should care. If you dont want to be discriminated for it, stop talking about it! Lame!
True Authority July 21, 2012 at 01:55 AM
This company along with everyone else in this country have every right to their own opinions whether their opinions are offensive to others or not. If I choose to judge others because of race or sexual orientation this is my prerogative. If you choose to call someone a homophobe if they don't support the gay lifestyle or a racist if they are against illegal immigration, then you're guilty of the same intolerance you are taking a stand against. Chik-Fil-A does not see my business because I don't see a value what they charge vs. what I get, They are entitled set their prices as they wish and support any lifestyle they wish. Just as I can make a decision about where I will spend my money. Most importantly, I can decide whether I am for or against or just don't care either way, about whether gay people should marry. Opinions and convictions are essential, but extremist behavior towards those you disagree with is not OK.
Cat July 21, 2012 at 03:00 AM
@Andy, how could you forget the biggest one? DAMAGED...terribly damaged!
Cat July 21, 2012 at 03:12 AM
@Andy, Chick-Fil-A will still serve you even if you do feel like less than a person. The only shame here is you putting your own personal business out here where it doesn't belong. I could care less what your sexual orientation is or how damaged you are. The point that people here are trying to make is that no company should be pressured to answer the absurd question of; if what they think you're doing is moral or not. If you don't like the answer, then don't ask the question. Quit pushing your agenda on everybody else. Ask your own parents if they're PROUD of you. Your shame lies within.
Roberto July 21, 2012 at 09:40 AM
My Grandson use could not say Chik- Fil-a. He use to say Shitt-O-LAY. What a chuckle that was. As for Gay's, no one cares about your sexuality one way or the other. Keep your paws off my Lik-A-Chik you dirty apes!
lioness72 July 21, 2012 at 09:33 PM
I'm STRAIGHT!!! and Proud of it! This is the first time I have ever said/wrote those words. So your GAY I get it why do we all need to hear it over and over again? Live your life and stop worrying about what other people think. It's you that is giving up control of your life by allowing what others think define you. Marriage is literally a promise to a loved one and a piece of paper (not all that it cracks up to be).
Amy Runkle July 25, 2012 at 06:54 PM
I like chik-fil-a myself, there food has always been good the few times I've been there. I do believe it cost to much but so be it. But I will no longer spend my money there do to the fact that they give money to people that are against equal rights for people that are gay. I don't feel a restaurant of any kind should involve the business in these matters. its very bad for business as it will soon show in their profits. everyone is entilted to their opinion but its just not very smart business to involve your business in something that does not pertain to the business, and what does equal rights for marriage have to do with chicken. so by them putting themselves out there like that then I say to all gays and strights that support equal rights to stop going there until chik fil a stops send money to help discrimaniant against equal rights. just saying. :))
Cat July 25, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Amy, I'm afraid that the Gay Rights politics won't make a dent in Chik-fil-a 's profits. Forcing them to make an announcement about their views was wrong. Their only mistake was bowing to the pressure to make a stand. When was the last time that the Heterosexual Community demanded an answer about the stance of any restaurant chain? Just because a group might have the LOUDEST voice, doesn't necessarily make them right.
andy July 25, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Oh Please Cat. NO one is prosecuting Heterosexuals. Why do you think it's ok to prosecute gay people? Gay people didn't hate Chick filet until that guy opened his mouth and said he was against The Gays. He did this on conservative Radio where he felt safe to do so openly, but radio is public and people were listening and taking note of his words (how dare they!). SO How in the world can you blame them for being upset that this growing company based in the south is bringing these values of discrimination, exclusion, intolerance, and division with them. The gays are all about live and let live. Gays have no problem with Christians Muslims Heterosexuals gays are inclusive. There are gay blacks, whites, christian, muslims, republicans, gays are everywhere and come from all over with all types of backgrounds. BUT just like everyone else they get upset when someone or some company goes on the offensive and starts talking against them and starts spending money to support ANTI GAY causes. Are you really so twisted that you can't sympathize or have you never felt discriminated against for something you had no control of like being a woman or black or gay?
Cat July 25, 2012 at 08:28 PM
The article said he answered due to "pressure" from the Gay Rights Advocates. No one is prosecuting here.... you probably mean persecute... and I'm not doing that either. Go invest in a dictionary. A person goes on the "defensive" when they are being pressured to answer someone, who's only agenda is to further 'loud mouth' their cause.They wouldn't have gotten all upset if they hadn't demanded an answer. If it's live & let live....then why don't they just accept an answer that might be different from their own? Why throw a tizzy fit? I have never seen anyone walk around in a tee shirt proclaiming "I am a Woman" or "I am a Man" or "I am Black, White or Hispanic..." or " I am a heterosexual" or "I am Baptist, Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, etc...." Some Gays are the loudest cause they're trying to ram their descision down everybody elses throat. Is that for your own validation? Ask yourself why it is that you even 'need' this validation........
Barry D July 25, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Cat, right on....you said it perfectly. None of this any bearing on a business until a group wants to drag what they consider to be 'dirt' out of them so they can fuel the fire. Gay, straight,...whatever....nobody CARES Stop with your contrived bitterness, shut the hell up and just patronize a business that you like because of their goods and services, not because of what someone in the company believes and was forced to reveal. What's next? You'll start boycotting businesses based on what religion their upper-management practices? (or, let me guess....because they practice some religion in the first place?)
Amy Runkle July 25, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Cat, I understand what your saying but I'm sorry I have to disagree. no one forced him to give his opinion. that would be like forcing him to jump off a cliff. But its not really about that for me, its about the business giving money under the business name to help discrimaniant against equal rights. that's not right any way you look at it. As far as shoving gay rights down your throat, well I'm thinking your a female so if woman or our colored Americans did not stand up and as you say shove their fight for equal rights down someones throat then where would they be today. So are you going to say it was ok for there fight but its not ok for our fight. the lady that refused to move her seat on the bus was a great thing. the black Americans picked in front of restaurants and look at them today. So the fight for equal rights needs to be out there even if it is shoved down all of Americans throats. So I can tell no one has ever given you a hard time in life or has tried to tell you that your not equal to everyone else because you where born strights and chose to live your stright life style. so even though people may not like it or believe in our life style its about equal rights and that has to be for everyone not just some. :))
andy July 25, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Oh please like the woman named "Cat" has never made a typo. I guess a bunch of gay nazis were there in the room and he was in a corner and had to confess???? Give me a brake. No one used any Force in any literal sense of the word- go get a dictionary. 10 years ago it was perfectly acceptable for christian groups to launch campaigns against a company for supporting gay rights or gay identities or showing gay people in a fair light. Campaigns and boycotts were launched again Disney, ABC, LEVI, WELLSFARGO and many other companies for reasons such as airing the television show "ellen" to giving equal rights to spouses of their gay employees. CAT were you protesting that this was no ones business back then? Now it's turned around and we are protesting and Boycotting them and this, lady, is progress!! GET USED TO IT DARLING. YOUR DAYS OF WHITE HETEROSEXUAL PRIVILEGE ARE OVER. For you, those may been the golden years, but for the oppressed it was a nightmare, Today is the new golden era of freedom and equality. You and AG can load your guns for your coming civil war that she talks about but justice prevailed last time and it will again!!!!
Barry D July 25, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Andy's joke of an angry, unintelligible post above notwithstanding, now you are assuming some or all of us not agreeing with the boycotts are white homophobes? Any other other educated conclusions you'd care to make? Be careful about where you are stepping here, Andy....I know you aren't stereotyping, right? Amy, I appreciate your comments....at least you make responsible, thoughtful points that are level-headed. That is how you debate a subject. Andy, your diatribe is not even worth the time it takes to attempt to understand what it says.
Wildomar Resident July 25, 2012 at 10:57 PM
If a corporation is guilty of some crime, then it will affect my willingness to spend money with them. (I don't buy clothes manufactured by companies operating sweat shops for example). If they operate within the law (and belive me there are many laws that deal with this type of discrimination), I couldn't care less what their politics are. Provide me with a good product, reasonable service, at a fair price and I'll buy from you any day of the week.
Cat July 25, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Sorry Amy but the article said that he was indeed pressured to answer. And anyone "of color" does not have to go out of their way to announce that either,or be afraid to tell his folks that, come out of the closet, be called a deviate, shove it down anyones throat, try to turn anyone around to his way of thinking, be loud & proud, and the list goes on & on. I think you're confusing apples with oranges when you use race as an example. Someones sexual preference is absolutely no one elses business but their own. To boycott a business because they don't agree with you is ludicrous. That would be like straight folks boycotting Starbucks because they DO back the gay agenda. It just should not matter either way. (BTW, I never said either way if I'm a male or female, white or another color, rich or poor, religous or not, Republican or Democrat, etc...because that shouldn't matter either.)
Cat July 25, 2012 at 11:52 PM
No matter what affiliation he is, Andy is just plain damaged & not worth any return post.......
Cat July 26, 2012 at 12:14 AM
(Brake? It's spelled break.) Years ago it was also the "Don't ask , don't tell " policy. You give a group an inch & for some reason they want to take a mile! So no I wasn't protesting it back then. I don't really give a shiat unless you're all up in my face. You see, I don't discriminate about anyone who is all loud, insulting & in my face either. No one should ever let their sexual preference define them as a person in their entirety. Also don't fool yourself into thinking that you are the majority and that this is the "norm". You just don't hear heterosexuals wasting their time because they don't let that define them. Wether you are gay or straight, that doesn't really matter cause you are still a very damaged individual.

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