It’s OK to Eat Chick-fil-A

Cutting or adding chicken sandwiches to your diet doesn’t benefit either side of the gay marriage argument

Photograph via Huffington Post

When Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy gave his opinion on the importance of traditional marriage in a Baptist Press interview, he spurred a chicken controversy of astonishing proportions. 

Advocates of both sides of the gay marriage argument quickly latched onto his statement. Former presidential nominee Mike Huckabee encouraged his Facebook supporters to flock to Chick-fil-A restaurants on August 1, for “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.” In retaliation, Dallas political activist Carly McGhee created her own Facebook page to promote a Chick-fil-A “Kiss-In.” She told same-sex couples to take pictures of themselves kissing outside Chick-fil-A restaurants on August 3. 

“Appreciation Day” arrived and activists lined up outside Phoenix Chick-fil-A restaurants to show their support. On August 3, at a north Phoenix Chick-fil-A alone, over 50 people showed up promoting the “Kiss-In” as well. 

However, your chicken sandwich consumption does not directly benefit traditional or same-sex marriages. Truth is, Chick-fil-A is not the only company to share its views on the current argument over the definition of marriage. 

By driving to Chick-fil-A in a Chrysler, Ford or Toyota, buying a Coca-Cola brand beverage at the restaurant or purchasing the meal with a Visa, American Express or MasterCard, you’re automatically supporting companies that are pro-gay marriage. However, by buying items from Forever 21, Whole Foods, or In-N-Out Burger, all Christian companies, you’re supporting their stance on traditional marriage. 

Either way, the CEO of every business spends their money in any way they want to. While Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy donates some of his money to organizations that oppose gay marriage, Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent donates to pro-gay marriage causes. So if you’re craving a chicken sandwich, run over to the nearest Chick-fil-A and buy yourself one. Somehow, on the way there, you’ll probably support a company that supports gay marriage too. 

- Alexandra Dersch, Editor-in-Chief


  1. While the CEO has every right to express his opinion and spend his money towards whichever cause he chooses, I sincerely doubt that many will return to his business due to this controversy. It may be true that while merely traveling to Chick-fil-A you fund equally both advocates and detractors of same-sex marriage, but some of us will choose not to give any support at all to the company just as the organization One Million Moms attempted to boycott JC Penney after their partnership with Ellen DeGeneres. The fundamental question remains, are you willing to risk the chance that your money will be used to further the efforts of those who seek to ban same-sex marriage for a chicken sandwich?

  2. Hey, Anonymous-

    You offer a well-supported argument. Are you interested in joining Pinnacle's speech and debate team? Come by to practice after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, F205. You don't have to identify yourself.


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