Mrs. Illinois, married couples crash anti-Chick-fil-A kiss-in (VIDEO)

Married couples in wedding attire showed up at Chicago's Chick-fil-A to counter the Photo: William Kelly

CHICAGO, August 3, 2012 — Gay rights activists across the country planned a “kiss-in” Friday at Chick-fil-A locations across the country.  But some married couples in Chicago had a different idea. 

Brides and grooms in wedding attire crashed the “kiss-in” party at the Chick-fil-A’s Downtown Chicago location at 30 E. Chicago Avenue.

Credit: William Kelly

“We just wanted to come out and support Chick-fil-A,” said Daniel Cruz, who was dressed in a tuxedo.

“We love their food and we love their beliefs, ” said his wife, Jennifer Cruz, a vision in sparkling white in the steamy Chicago sun.

“We’re here to celebrate our wonderful seventeen years of marriage “I can’t believe I fit in it [the dress],” continued Jennifer. “I’m so excited… four kids later.”

Jennifer Cruz is the reigning Mrs. Illinois.

The Cruzes say they are offended by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s statements and actions.

“What we object to is that the Mayor of this city, in a dictatorial and prideful way, will tell us what our beliefs are to be. When he says this is not Chicago’s belief, he’s talking about me and thousands of others that don’t necessarily embrace his beliefs,” said Daniel Cruz. 

Daniel and Jennifer Cruz. Credit William Kelly

“Again, we’re not here criticizing any one else’s beliefs but when the mayor makes that kind of a statement, we have to make a statement as well. Let him know - you’re wrong. You don’t speak for me.”

The Cruzes also believe that Mayor Emanuel’s misuse of government to exact economic coercion against a company for its owner’s beliefs is wrong.

“For a government official to literally tell a business they cannot open up a business or do business freely in the city of Chicago just because of their beliefs - I mean this is not a communist state,” continued Cruz.

See the full interview here.

Gay activists around the country tried to drum up support for the “kiss in” in response to the record-setting Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day Wednesday which drew hundreds of thousands of supporters in cities across the country. 

Conservative commentator and satirist William J. Kelly is also a contributor to and edits the Tea Party Reports for the Washington Times Communities. He is a native from Chicago’s Southside.

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Conservative commentator, satirist, and radio talk show host William J. Kelly pens the “Kelly Truth Squad” and “The Tea Party Report” for the Washington Times Communities and is a contributor to the American Spectator and Kelly is also a producer of Emmy award-winning TV and received an Emmy nomination himself for outstanding achievement on-camera. He was previously the Executive Director of the National Taxpayers United of Illinois, a taxpayer watchdog group. He is a native of Chicago’s South side. For more information, visit

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