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Same-Sex 'Kiss-In' a Bust at Chick-fil-A

UPDATE: In contrast with Wednesday's pro-Chick-fil-A turnout, Friday's protest was mostly a flop in Orange County.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly said Wednesday's Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day would become part of the company's new "Hater Wednesdays" marketing campaign. There is no such marketing campaign. The idea was part of a comedy opinion piece.

Two days after the fast-food chain's busiest day ever, Chick-fil-A braced for another orchestrated event Friday, a “kiss-in” protest that encouraged same-sex couples to take a photo or video of themselves locking lips in one of the company's restaurants.

However, National Same-Sex Kiss Day was mostly a flop in Southern California. In Aliso Viejo, there were no reported smoochers, although business was somewhat slow during the dinner hour Friday. The only problem was reported in Torrance, where Thursday night.

Mike Ricks, operator of the Chick-fil-A in Aliso Viejo, said he would have been shocked if anything like that happened in his town.

“I think here in Aliso it could be a little different,” he said. “I know in Hollywood they were having a protest this morning. I saw it on the news, but there’s nothing I know of here that’s that crazy.”

No smoochers turned out at the Foothill Ranch Chick-fil-A either. For owner Jeremy Simpson, the day's challenge was dealing with the continued shortage of foodstuffs at his restaurant, a result of Wednesday's massive turnout.

Huge crowds turned out Wednesday at Chick-fil-A locations across the nation to show support for company President Dan Cathy's controversial statement opposing gay marriage. The day was organized by former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

Ricks said Chick-fil-A sales on the East Coast were up 300 percent on Wednesday, and his own sales were 200 percent higher than normal.

“People definitely have been pouring out and coming to Chick-fil-A to support us in the community as well as the restaurants,” he said. “There was a line going all the way down the sidewalk for our dinner rush.”

This story has been updated.

Kathi August 09, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Shripathi, You ignored the 1st part of what I wrote & it is very obvious that you are ignorant of the life of King David except for a part you cherry pick. I will say it again, just because the bible reports something does not mean it is approving of them. The passage you referenced was Nathan the prophet rebuking David after his sin of adultery w Bathsheba & then trying to cover it up by murdering her husband Uriah--his faithful soldier. As I said, David had many good things & also many failings. It is fact that instructions in the Torah--before Israel even had a king--said things that kings were supposed to & not supposed to do, including not multiply wives. Apparently David was either unaware of these things or chose to ignore them. You take one passage out of its context of the whole of David's life & try to twist it to what it wasn't. Yes, in those days society did treat women as chattel. Doesn't mean God approved of that. There were 10 wives reported--not 700! But that was sort of a way of showing power over a person & it seems that Nathan was saying that Saul had been vanquished so all he had was in David's power, not that David actually took all of that--such as Saul's house or wives. Read I & II Samuel to get more of the context of the life of David before ignorantly commenting on it. Obviously you know how to find Bible Gateway. You can use it to read more of David's life. The good, the bad & the ugly There was all of that. 2Sam 16 shows results.
Kathi August 09, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Karen, several problems w your reply. 1. Homosexuals have the same rights as anyone else to marry according to the law--that is 1 person of the opposite sex. 2. You, like so many others twist words to make your point. You are NOT being punished any more than those who want polygamy aren't being punished because they can't marry more than 1 person. It is simply that marriage is between 1 man & 1 woman. This is nothing new, although to listen to LGBT supporters you would think that those who support traditional marriage have all of a sudden decided to take away rights. NOPE, you want to change the definition of marriage but aren't honest about that or the use of other words. 2. Born gay, Well, while that is what the LGBT activists say, there is evidence that isn't so. & people who once were active homosexuals have left that--although of course LGBT activists deny that those people exist since of course it would diminish your argument. So if you don't like the facts, suppress them. (Like SB48 mandates that only positive things be said about the listed groups & forbids anything that would reflect negatively on them. That's not history--that's propaganda. Does that mean that it will now be prohibited to mention that male on male sex results in about 4x the rest of the population w HIV/AIDS?) & no others have adamantly demanded the term marriage. Of course at the time of Prop 22, Gays said they didn't even want to marry.
Kathi August 09, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Wow, met00, talk about fables. You really have set up a straw man. You might want to actually read the bible before ridiculing it like that for things it doesn't say or teach! All of what you said about those who wrote the bible is false except in part about the Ark & animals. Someone has actually calculated the dimensions of the ark--which would have had the capacity of a very long freight train--& concluded that the land animals would have been able to fit along w fodder for them.
Kathi August 09, 2012 at 09:32 PM
met00, your response to my post, It is NOT discrimination to continue to define marriage the way that it has always been, between a man & a woman. & polygamy does relate as those desiring a polygamous marriage could make the same argument about discrimination. In fact there has already been a court case in Canada alleging the same arguments that LGBT use. & in fact they at least have historical precedent for that. & even incest has some advocates. Not very many in the US, but did read some time ago on BBC that some European countries are removing legal prohibitions. Those, as well as possibly others w other types of sexual proclivities could make the same arguments. But the state has the right to define who can marry. & they have an interest in promoting stable families that contribute to society. It has been shown that children do best w a parent from each sex as role models. Admittedly many children are growing up without an opposite sex, 2 parent family, & it is my understanding that they are more likely to have issues. So why start out w a family that does not provide that which has been found to be healthiest to children?
Kathi August 09, 2012 at 09:39 PM
met00, you are responding to what was a personal reply to Marsha. You apparently live in your own little bubble of unbelief & obviously seem to feel free to criticize what you are ignorant of. You really ought to learn more about something & I don't mean 2nd hand fables such as you repeated about the bible which just showed you didn't know what you were talking about. If you actually took the time to read it, you would likely be very surprised at what it says. You can even read it online at BibleGateway.com Ridicule is the sign of a very weak argument & is often substituted for facts. So your little circle may all think like you & ignorantly scoff at the bible w you all thinking how smart you are, but in reality your comments just show that you don't know what you are talking about.
Shripathi Kamath August 09, 2012 at 10:23 PM
"You ignored the 1st part of what I wrote & it is very obvious that you are ignorant of the life of King David except for a part you cherry pick." Why do you ignore the part that I cherry picked? Because God did give him his wives from his master? Or because God threatened to give his wives to someone close to David so that he may sleep with in broad daylight? Or the fact that he had multiple wives? "The passage you referenced was Nathan the prophet rebuking David after his sin of adultery w Bathsheba & then trying to cover it up by murdering her husband Uriah--his faithful soldier." Yes, and the just punishment for David sinning is to have his wives sleep with someone else. Thought I mentioned that. That means, if your husband were to cheat on you, God's just punishment would be to give you to a dear friend of his to sleep with in broad daylight.
Shripathi Kamath August 09, 2012 at 10:27 PM
"Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of the trinity. It is mere Abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus. If it could be understood it would not answer their purpose. Their security is in their faculty of shedding darkness, like the scuttlefish, thro' the element in which they move, and making it impenetrable to the eye of a pursuing enemy, and there they will skulk." - Thomas Jefferson The ridicule is officially authorized by Tommy J
Shripathi Kamath August 09, 2012 at 10:33 PM
"You seem to be saying that I was hiding behind the free speech idea. I wasn't hiding anything." That's what I said, and you could not hide it once you went from free speech to message. "You might also try simplifying what you are posting. Some of your posts seem to get rather convoluted & hard to follow." OK, I'll try and dumb it down two notches. Citing the Bible as evidence that God punishes men by giving his wives to strangers to sleep with in broad daylight is too confusing for you.
Kathi August 09, 2012 at 10:53 PM
btw, just noticed one thing in the article that said Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day was "organized" by Mike Huckabee. Not sure that organized is really the word. He suggested it on his FaceBook page & it seems from there the word spread. I did get emails about it from one or more groups & as I recall it was on the news. I think maybe some of those groups asked for a response about whether we were going to participate, but I didn't respond--just showed up as is probably the case w most people there. So, probably like the same-sex kiss proposal, it seemed that neither were really organized but rather promoted by someone & then the news picked it up & people responded or didn't. Actually I don't know, maybe the same-sex kiss did have some organization or maybe not. I don't think a thing like this could really have been organized or it would have been rather difficult, but of course w the internet it doesn't need to be organized. Just float an idea & if it resonates, the word spreads & it happens.
met00 August 10, 2012 at 12:10 AM
>met00, you are responding to what was a personal reply to Marsha. It's a public board get over it. >You apparently live in your own little bubble of unbelief & obviously seem to feel free to criticize what you are ignorant of. You really ought to learn more about something & I don't mean 2nd hand fables such as you repeated about the bible which just showed you didn't know what you were talking about. Four years of Rabbinical school. I most likely know more about the book of fables than you do by far. And that includes two intensive years of what was jokingly referred to as "comparative theology" but should have been called "mythology by ancient civilizations focused mainly in the desert near the Mediterranean Sea." > Ridicule is the sign of a very weak argument & is often substituted for facts. It's a book of fables by people that were just past howling at the full moon. Get over it. It must really bother you when people who are better educated than you point out that wearing this crap on your sleeve just makes you look pathetic. One would have hoped that natural selection would have taken care of this problem by now. Personal faith is a good thing. But the key word there is "personal". When you post this BS on a public board, I get to humiliate you for holding on to a belief system that is just as fictional as Greek, Roman or Norse mythology.
met00 August 10, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Sort of like the old Klan meetings. Just look for the lighted cross and all your neighbors in sheets.
met00 August 10, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Kathi, I responded to your bible thumping below... > It is NOT discrimination to continue to define marriage the way that it has always been, between a man & a woman. And between people of the same race. And between people of the same religion. And that was "traditional marriage" in the 1950's, as it was against the law in many states for people of different races to marry. And the Roman Catholic Church still does NOT recognize my wife's marriage to me after 21 years. Seems marrying a Jew is a non-no. > polygamy does relate as those desiring a polygamous marriage could make the same argument about discrimination. Actually, no they can't. The contract is between two people over the age of consent. What part of the State contract do you NOT understand. Go read the bloody rules. Heck the actual CA document reads "husband personal date" "wife personal data" and there is no "gender" selection box. > But the state has the right to define who can marry. & they have an interest in promoting stable families that contribute to society. and the whole man/woman thing has an over 50% divorce rate. I would say the State blew it. >It has been shown that children do best w a parent from each sex as role models. That is absolute BS. There is NO PROOF. Just because you want to believe that does NOT make it true. You can't just make up your own facts and pretend that we will just accept it because you said so. There is no factual evidence to support your claim.
Panglonymous August 10, 2012 at 04:00 AM
You are too rambunctious to be Catholic. Rambunctionality is a sure way to get disbarred.
Dan Avery August 10, 2012 at 04:58 AM
Look folks it's real simple: Jesus didn't hate anyone, gays included. He was a counter revolutionary. So take off your robes and pay to God you don't spend eternity in Hell for your proclivity to discriminate. Yo.
Kathi August 10, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Well those of us who believe in the traditional or biblical definition of marriage don't hate people either--contrary to all the slanderous name calling that has gone on. Yes, Jesus reached out to all kinds of people--sinners & outcasts. However as he reached out to them, He didn't tell them it was fine to just keep on in their sinful lifestyle. No, he called them to repent--to go & sin no more. & for those who have the image of Jesus as meek & mild & only speaking of love, you might want to read the gospels. He recognized that a lot of people were following Him for the goodies--the miracles, the feeding, the healing, etc without really being interested in His message. But when His message got harder, many of them left. In your post on the MV Patch, you seem to have created your own god who conforms to your ideas. It sounds like you may have also created your own Jesus who also conforms to your ideas. But read the gospels & get to know the breadth of His character. He was NOT one dimensional. & while He did not mention same-sex marriage, He did mention marriage & quoted the OT saying that a man will leave Father & Mother & cleave to his wife. & check out John 3:16-18 for perspective on Jesus--His love, as well as the consequences of rejecting His love. By His grace, I have accepted His gift of eternal life. Not perfect, but growing.
Dan Avery August 10, 2012 at 05:49 AM
Yo, Kathi, you be one of the ones who should shed their robes...
Dan Avery August 10, 2012 at 05:50 AM
And by "robes" I mean a bed sheet and a hood...
Dan Avery August 10, 2012 at 05:52 AM
And by a "hood" I mean a pillow case with two eyes cut out...
Kathi August 10, 2012 at 05:55 AM
Met00, OK, rabbinical school. So did you study the Tenach & Torah or mostly the Talmud & the other rabbinic writings? I'm guessing it was the latter since, like I said, you certainly seem ignorant of what the bible says, including the OT or Tenach. I assume you are Jewish, but you don't even know the history of one of your greatest Kings. You assume you are better educated, yet you know nothing of my education or that of any other one posting. I grew up studying the bible & being taught by students of the bible. & then in college spent 4 years studying the bible & related subjects as well as the usual liberal arts subjects. That study includes study of the so-called "higher criticism" & documentary hypothesis, etc. & since then I have continued to study the bible both on my own & also being taught by others so I know it fairly well, although still have a lot to learn. & of course life is an ongoing learning experience. God keeps His promises, including to His people Israel. How else do you explain the continued existence of the Jews as a distinct people after all the different attempts to wipe them out & being scattered all over the world, but then starting to return to the land of Israel?
Kathi August 10, 2012 at 06:26 AM
Well continuing on w your ignorant stereotyping & name calling. You know nothing of me except what I have posted, which is only a smidgen of my life, yet you attribute all sorts of things to me that have no basis in fact. I have had the opportunity over the years to get to know a very diverse bunch of people, getting out of my comfort zone & getting to know people different than me. I have traveled through much of Latin America (& can communicate in Spanish & used to be able to communicate in Portuguese--learned while living in Brazil). I currently have friends & neighbors from many different countries, races, religions & backgrounds. I enjoy being part of a co that is very diverse & the office I work out of is mostly young & latino. & a good friend at my former office (who happens to be a Black man married to a white woman w 2 nice kids) commented to me that I didn't have a racist bone in my body. Another friend & colleague at that office was apparently homosexual. I miss the discussions we used to get into as he had a very interesting mind w very diverse interests. But without knowing me at all, you stereotyped me into something that is not true of me or of any of the people I hang around w. The differences are interesting but underneath it all we are all just people.
Dan Avery August 10, 2012 at 06:34 AM
"The lady doth protest too much, methinks." Or so said Shakespeare. It's not hard to spot a bigot in a crowd Kathi. Give us some credit for being, doh, observant.
met00 August 10, 2012 at 07:14 AM
> So did you study the Tenach & Torah or mostly the Talmud & the other rabbinic writings? You don't get to pick and choose. You study. Then you debate and lose. Then you study so you can win the debates. > I assume you are Jewish, but you don't even know the history of one of your greatest Kings. Somehow I get the feeling that you take the mishigas in the book to be accurate, You do know that long before it was put to paper it was all an oral history by a tribal nomadic people, right? . > I have continued to study the bible both on my own & also being taught by others so I know it fairly well, although still have a lot to learn. Okay, tell me how you have proof that this book is the "Truth" and Greeks, Romans, Norse, Egyptians, Mayans, Incas, American Indianan, Inuit, Indians, Chinese, Japanese and everyone else got it wrong. What you have is faith. But there is a big difference between Faith and Truth. Knowing the difference is the beginning of being able to accept that you might just not be right, and that while your faith may be very personal, and "right" for you, it is about accepting that unless you are on intimate speaking terms with the Almighty (or Almighty(ies)) [and if you are hearing voices, maybe you really are just crazy after all] you may just be wrong.
Kathi August 10, 2012 at 07:19 AM
Well, you have certainly displayed your bigotry w your name calling, stereotyping, jumping to conclusions, etc. But then in my experience that seems to be typical of homosexual activists. You seem to put people in boxes & think that if one thing is true of them, a whole list of other things are--that really are not. I have found that people don't fit into boxes very well. You seem to think the whole world revolves around you & your issues. It doesn't.
met00 August 10, 2012 at 07:20 AM
Dan, she has the Almighty on her side, she can never be wrong. That's the good part about having a "personal relationship" with the voices in your head, you're not crazy, you just have the inside track on the ultimate Truth. The simple act of being unable to disassociate "marriage" the State recognized contract from "marriage" the religious institution is enough to make clear that the deck is shy a few cards, that the menorah is shy a few candles and that the toolbox is missing some important tools. When blind faith become the primary motivational story of your life, you are well on the way of being no wiser than the woman who said "It's turtles all the way down."
met00 August 10, 2012 at 07:28 AM
Dan is a "homosexual activist"? Now that is funny as hell. It's really kind of simple. If you believe that the State contract called "marriage" is to be denied to people based on their gender or gender identity, then you are a bigot. Kathi, you have stated that you believe that the rights of a couple to be in the State contract called "marriage" can be denied based on the gender / gender identity of the two participants. That is a bigoted position, and holding it makes you a bigot. Just like those that feel/felt that the State contract can be denied to people based on their race (pre-1964 laws on marriage). If you don't like being called a bigot, then it is best not to take a bigoted position.
Dan Avery August 10, 2012 at 08:54 AM
Shakespeare will do that to them every time, met. :) At least that's what my wife tells me. Kathi, I am so far left the homosexual activists look like Mitt Romney. I actually think Ronald Reagan was the worst thing that happen to the U.S. Constitution since, well, Richard Nixon. YOU can leave us now. met, the voices in my head have told me what to do for a very long time now. Big wet kiss for you, dude. Pretend we're in a fast, greasy chicken place parking lot. Okay? Blind Faith was a great rock band because Stevie Winwood did most of the vocals, and with Clapton on guitar..."I have finally found a way to live just like I could never before, and I know I don't have much to give, but soon I'll open any door, Everybody knows the secret, everybody knows the score, I have finally found a place to live, in the presence of the Lord." Of course Eric and Stevie were stoned out of their minds on heroin...but there it is...
Dan Avery August 10, 2012 at 09:10 AM
Of course, Kathi, you can just admit, like I have, that you are a bigot. Me? I hate Shriners. No real reason. Just think they deserve it. I also hate narrow minded homophobes that hide behind Jesus. See, Jesus, He never said anything about homosexuals. The Bible does sure. But Jesus, well he had dinners with those 12 guys and you tell me what was going on there. Guys in their 30's and the only woman is a hooker they are "friends" with? Please...
bbq August 10, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Kathi, Never mind these old geezer bullies. They spend their days and nights on the Patch putting other people down for their beliefs. Obviously, they have nothing better going on in their lives. Pathetic. Atheists. Personally, I am agnostic, but you have the right to believe whatever you want and to state your opinion. I support you in that.
met00 August 10, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Yep, I'm an old geezer, but I don't care about Kathi or your or anyone's "personal faith". That's because it is personal and private. On the other hand, if someone is going to claim they have the inside track to the ultimate Truth, you better believe I'm going to make sport of that asinine idea. Atheist? No, I can't answer for any one else. My "personal faith" is just that... "personal". And yes, Kathi has every right to believe whatever she wants.She wants to believe in Xenu and be a Scientologist, that is her right. She wants to believe the some people wandering around the desert some 2000 years ago figured it all out, again, that is her right. But when she presents her belief as "fact" and then wants to have legislation that affects me or others based on her selected mythology, that's when she has stepped over the line. So, I'll support you in supporting her choice of personal faith and mythology, but I won't support her in attempting to have it legislated onto anyone else.
Matt August 18, 2012 at 04:06 AM
A marriage is always created by 2 people. God is optional.

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