Alex Wire
7/26/12 at 01:45 AM 2 Comments

Gay Youth Plan Chick-fil-A Protest in OC

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Christian Post politics reporter Paul Stanley reports that the latest Chick-fil-A controversy is beginning to take on the nature of a frat house food fight, according to some commentators.

I'm keeping watch on a planned protest in Orange County, Calif., by a local youth gay group at the grand opening of a new Chick-fil-A in Laguna Hills (not to be confused with Laguna Beach) on Thursday. More than 300 Chick-fil-A fans began camping out in the parking lot of the restaurant on Wednesday ... not sure where the yellow police tape will go Thursday morning to separate the two crowds. Protesters posted on Facebook that their event begins at 5 am at the location.

Here's what's gone on in just the past few days:

• In a July 2 story published by Biblical Recorder and later reposted by Baptist Press, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy asserts his support for traditional marriage by saying the company was "guilty as charged" when asked about the opposition his company was facing for supporting traditional marriage.

• Actor Ed Helms and leading gay rights activists express outrage over Cathy's comment and suggest yet another boycott of the company's products.

• Last Friday Jim Henson and his company, saying their company embraces "diversity and Inclusiveness," announced they would no longer partner with Chick-fil-A.

• The National Organization for Marriage, along with former Gov. Mike Huckabee, try to rally pro-family supporters by encouraging them to eat at Chick-fil-A on Wednesday, Aug. 1.

• And finally, elected officials in Boston and Chicago have vowed to block Chick-fil-A from building additional restaurants in their cities.

Will the latest Chick-fil-A controversy rev-up the national debate on the definition of marriage to an even higher pitch?

-- Alex Murashko

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