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Gay Chick-fil-A Employees Speak Out

'I call it hater appreciation day,' one said. The same-sex marriage controversy also affects those who work at the flashpoint company.

There are those who support Chick-fil-A's position on marriage. There are those who support just the opposite -- same-sex marriage.

And then there are the ones in the most difficult position of all in the controversy -- gay employees of Chick-fil-A.

-- How do you feel about the gay workers at Chick-fil-A? Tell us in the comments below.

"I call it hater appreciation day," said Andrew, 24, a gay man who has been working at a Chick-fil-A in northern Alabama since January. "It's very, very depressing."

Andrew was quoted in a Huffington Post article during Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day on Wednesday, Aug. 1. The nationwide event was coordinated by Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate.

The Huffington Post also quotes a gay employee at Chick-fil-A headquarters in Atlanta.

The gay employee, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of losing his job, said he is getting it from both sides. On the one hand, there is the customer who came in and said he supported Dan Cathy and then "continues to say something truly homophobic, e.g. 'I'm so glad you don't support the queers, I can eat in peace,'" the employee, who is 23 and has worked for Chick-fil-A since he was 16, wrote in an e-mail to the Post.

On the other hand, he continued, "I was yelled at for being a God-loving, conservative, homophobic Christian while walking some food out to a guest in a mall dining room."

Gabriel Aguiniga, a gay employee at a Chick-fil-A in Colorado, also said the hardest part hasn't been hearing Cathy's comments. Instead, "(it's) constantly having people come up to you and say, 'I support your company, because your company hates the gays,'" Aguiniga, 18, wrote in an e-mail to the Post. "It really takes a toll on me."

According to wikipedia.org, a watchdog group Equality Matters published a report with details of donations given by Chick-fil-A to organizations that are opposed to same-sex marriage, such as the Marriage & Family Foundation and the Family Research Council.

The Post also quotes a gay Chick-fil-A employee in Louisiana: "At the end of the day part of our profits still go towards Dan Cathy, and subsequently, all the organizations he supports," she said.

Compiled by Steve Burns.

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Kimberly Daniels August 08, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Paul, Your post on Gods Laws, and Messiah was RIGHT ON! The issue with Chick Fil A "voicing an opinion" in favor of traditional marriage and opposing homosexual marriage has crossed the line of just being an issue of Biblical Morality vs Humanistic/Evolutionary Relativism (non morality). It is actually revealing, in a BIG WAY, that by-product of the latter worldview is the sociopathic tendancies being produced in individuals at an alarming rate. Sad to see.
Rebecca August 08, 2012 at 05:45 PM
The issue to me seems to be all about "hate" and I'm seeing things on both sides that one could call "hate"
Von August 08, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Paul-I love you! You are very well spoken and able to articulate your thoughts without being petty, cruel, or belittling the views of others. I love your approach and I've learned quite a bit from you (although I wouldn't kow you from a can of paint if I saw you) while reading your thread. Thanks for the enlightenment!
Ginger August 08, 2012 at 08:17 PM
I agree Paul , All I see from the other side is hate and ugly words. A christian can say something nice and the other side will have some ugly remark. They are the intolerant ones. Mr. Cathy started his business and he has the right to say what he believes and he has the right to give his money to whom ever he pleases. There are lots of companies that support gays and will not support Christians or Veterans. I don't believe God made people gay. I believe that all the chemicals and hormones in the foods are the cause of all the mental problems people are having.
Paul Williams August 08, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Thanks Von. Some of the resentment toward Christians has its roots in a lack of understanding, by Christians and non-believers alike, of the grace and mercy of God. Many think "those Christians are so arrogant! They think that they are better than everyone else and they are the only ones good enough to go to heaven; how pious!" They akin believers to the publican praying in public. To the contrary, a Christian who comprehends just a tiny bit of God's grace knows "I am a filthy sinner! I deserve damnation and am incapable, by my own efforts, to do anything about it! If God threw me in the pit of hell I could claim no injustice. BUT- he has provided everything that I need to be saved- the entire and complete sacrifice- and then chose to draw me to Himself." That reality produces overwhelming humility and leaves no room for arrogance or pride. Whatever form of sin I may condemn, I have been guilty of greater and have no room to gloat. And appropriate gratitude for that immeasureable FREE gift makes me want to share that with all who will listen. And if I express hate or disgust about their sin to others I will hinder their ability to hear.

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