Two days after Mike Huckabee's "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" reportedly boosted sales at the fast-food chain, gay-marriage supporters are holding a "kiss-in" at outlets of the chain whose CEO said the business was anti-gay marriage.
Participating in the protest is the Black Lips, an Atlanta punk rock band whose members were photographed making out with each other in one of the restaurants.
The band has a history of kissing each other onstage to shock audiences. On one occasion, Jared Swilley, a member of the band, called fellow indie artist Wavves a "f----t," but then apologized. Following the apology, Swilley attempted to prove he wasn't homophobic by appearing in a YouTube video that showed him kissing a homosexual blogger. You can see that video by clicking here or watching below.
Cathy McGehee, a Dallas political activist, came up with the idea for a "kiss-in" to combat Chick-fil-A's anti-gay marriage ideology. Last month, CEO Dan Cathy said that the current generation is "arrogant" for trying to redefine "the biblical definition of the family unit." The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or GLAAD, said that not only are Cathy's comments wrong, but also that Chick-fil-A has financially supported anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender groups, according to Reuters.
When the Black Lips posted the picture to its Facebook page on Friday, it gained almost 2,000 likes and more than 200 comments in about an hour. Perhaps because of the polarizing nature of the photo, some of the reactions on the social-media site were not positive, though.
"The last I heard Chic-Fil-A wasn't banning gays. More liberal bull----. Whatever happened to religious freedom," wrote Julie Collins, who was subsequently attacked in the comments that followed.
"It's a sad state in this country where we hold ourselves to be so modern and progressive, yet won't let every man and woman have the same rights. Just as bad as the civil rights struggle," said Facebook user Logan Weiss.
Not all were strictly along party lines. Jesse Tafoya wrote: "A perfect world - Gay love and chicken sandwiches coexisting. Beautiful."