that members of Youth Empowered to Act will hold signs and pass out informational flyers
early morning at the opening, where the first 100
customers in line will receive a free year's supply of Chick-Fil-A.
“[We're going] to let people know where that money is being spent,” said
Kanter of the flyers, which list a number of anti-gay marriage causes that
Chick-Fil-A funds with donations. The chain has reportedly donated
nearly $2 million to anti-gay groups in 2010 alone, according to
Equality Matters, an LGBT advocacy group.
Several other organizations will protest alongside YETA, including
Pacific Shores NOW, Gay Neighbors, and Families and Friends of Santa Ana.
According to the group's press release, they're also trying to look for
and promote LGBT-friendly restaurants near the new Chick-Fil-A location.
The fast-service chicken chain has recently experienced an uptick in
growth, particularly in California, where it has 49 locations–15 of
which are in Orange County, including its most recent Laguna Hills site.
Last week, Cathy told the Baptist Press that he was “guilty as
charged” when asked whether his company had an established position
against same-sex marriage. That statement cost his chain ties with The
Jim Henson Company, and support from Boston Mayor Thomas Menino who
won't allow Chick-Fil-A to open a restaurant in the city.
And the protests are bound to continue with LGBT activists planning a
National Same Sex Kiss Day at Chick-Fil-A restaurants across the country
on Friday, August 3.