Chick-fil-A ignites a liberal firestorm
CEO's gay marriage comments stir trouble for fast food chain
- Duration 6:56
- Date Jul 27, 2012
CEO's gay marriage comments stir trouble for fast food chain
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Thanks for saying let us I'm Laura Ingraham in for Bill O'Reilly and -- -- factor follow up segment tonight a heated battle between.
A fast food chain and gay rights activists and some liberal politicians.
And as you may know Dan -- the head of the chicken chain called chick filet recently explained that he firmly believes in traditional marriage.
Now this way innocent and personal dot -- -- has sparked a huge firestorm.
I don't believe a company that.
Speaks out against gay rights and our country to has zip it should have the opportunity apprehensive Watson.
Additionally student groups and universities across the country are now seeing others petition to have the popular restaurant removed from their campuses.
Joining us now from Burlington Vermont is -- -- and he's the executive director of truth win without a gay rights group.
Okay -- so.
This is really blown up into a big story and Dan -- the president chick -- -- run chick -- for a number of years.
Came out and did an interview with at this Baptist publications that basically guilty as charged.
These are my views you know make him one on that if we don't open on Sundays where family restaurant if that's what we believe.
Up from -- it ended up exploding in Chicago and Boston.
We basically don't want you here Rahm Emanuel is kind of walked that back now saying what we won't.
We won't prevent you from opening up historic -- wanna open up a store open up a store but we disagree with your views what is your take on that's.
First of all they have given millions of dollars anti gay organizations I find it incredibly hypocritical that they would complain about not being able to open up a store.
One of the groups they gave money to the family research council said it's the government's moral duty to legislate morality.
And now there are complaining if they did -- morality is being legislated away they don't like unbelievable.
And I think a lot of people are an incredibly offended not only did he say he's opposed to marriage but he said it would invite.
God's wrath upon this nation what percent due to young.
Gay and lesbian children who -- this they're growing up and they're hearing these horrible things that are said well people have a right to be really angry and not want to -- they're greasy chicken well.
Lawrence -- -- enough he was -- -- she's the owner and operator of the chick fillet the one chick -- that exists in Chicago.
And she spent her statement and the Chicago sun times was that she hires and serves -- with honor dignity and respect.
And she invited Rahm Emanuel to come and discuss the controversy not created by the president of chick filet.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- And respect obviously they've done an enormous amount charitable giving and community work throughout the United States they run about 16100.
I chick fillet restaurant most of them in the midwest but not some I think if you made in the Washington DC area.
My concern here -- Wayne is that.
It creates this litmus test atmosphere right so.
I love Burlington Vermont I think it's incredible place I probably don't agree -- a lot of the business owners in Burlington.
I'm not gonna have have people can spend them on anyway they want obviously but I'm not gonna have ostracize a coffee shop owner in -- ten.
Because he disagrees with my position on foreign policy -- my position on -- pro life issues not gonna do that.
The right to do that but it really has it I think and ostracized in effect on folks for political views on both sides that's my consent.
Well the -- the you're talking about Oscar sizing my marriage isn't recognized in most states at the federal level -- -- isn't recognized at all.
And that's because -- people like Dan Cathy who have turned his chicken shop into a political house.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- They serve gays and from what I -- how they run a really.
Pretty amazing company I mean it whether you agree with his views on that as the way the company has been Iran seems to be by all accounts quite exemplary.
Well we we don't know that I think would be incredibly comfortable the work there as a gay person.
I would believe that I wouldn't be able to go very far in that company so I -- -- -- and that president and LA law prohibits you don't have any evidence to to suggest that right.
Well I certainly haven't seen any openly gay people come forward who work there -- high level the company itself better and that's something I haven't seen what -- cellular going to let let let.
Let's play this out -- let's go beyond the chicken controversy getting -- people Arnie can't think they have a Rahm Emanuel fullback Michael Bloomberg said it's not the way to go out.
Doctor sizing them he came out today even though he obviously -- for gay marriage.
If if this means for Christian Christians but Christians and Muslims.
That they aren't really supposed to be part of public life unless they agree with you Wayne or other organizations on a whole host of issues.
Are they supposed to retreat from public life.
What do you what do you say -- -- what are they are they not whole human beings either.
Well quite the opposite you know they've.
Said over and over again -- -- -- -- express themselves in the public's -- square -- guess what.
This is what the public square looks like it means that if you're gonna go in and have big and policy agency nasty.
Horrible things about people they're gonna respond so are the majority of parents bigoted people who hope can't just happen to believe -- traditional marriage are they.
All considered bigoted hater people I mean should we say that about all those Americans.
Well first of all the majority of Americans and almost every single poll for the last a year has been in favor of marriage and all lost so pretty much out of the -- are gonna wrap our item and it's and it's not for the fact that a lot.
Well -- that -- that's that's not.
That's not personal most of us referendums to place a long time ago prior to this and I don't think that I think that -- finally broken along time ago in North Carolina North Carolina it.
North Carolina it's not exactly the most liberal state under the -- through -- -- six Kyra I don't indicator let's see what happens in Washington and Maryland and -- in August 2 of all right with -- -- what the that they you know if you're gonna say something that's that's nasty controversial people are going to respond that's my big ahead.
Mean -- practice and traditional Christian and the United States today.
And speak your mind.
And not be branded -- hater.
Kennedy speak anything.
You can speak -- say anything -- ominous -- your donations but when you put your donations toward banning my marriage.
And affecting in changing the law to haunt me.
And imposing your views on these people are gonna respondents I had I.
So we're seeing here now I don't think he's imposing as -- -- I've.
-- dollars creates I think you disagree well and that million dollars towards anti gay initiatives millions of us for so called out ex gay ministries -- it for a way to get.
That's certainly -- not gonna.
I wanna anyway they want I like to not punish people really where their political differences between him and that's just my -- went straight to say thanks for fan out.
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