CHICAGO, August 8, 2012 — The Chick-fil-A controversy has left the gay rights movement with the proverbial egg on its face. First it was the ill-fated national “kiss-in.” Then it was Tuesday’s “Starbucks Appreciation Day” – or rather, “National Marriage Equality Day.” Activists were asked to change the name by Starbucks’ execs who were worried about getting filleted in the Chick-fil-A-related melee.
Both counter protests were met with an unexpectedly tepid response from gay rights supporters in contrast to last Wednesday’s record-setting avalanche at Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.
On Friday, gay rights supporters stayed home instead of smooching at the “kiss-in” by the thousands as activists hoped.
Tuesday’s turnout was similarly lackluster in numbers, if not passion.
Even the left-leaning Village Voice admitted, “It [Starbucks Appreciation Day] was OK, but it was hardly Chick-fil-A-MAZING.”
Ever since Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy stated his support for traditional marriage on a radio program, gay rights activists have been beating the drumstick for a boycott of the southern fried fast food chain. But do gay supporters believe turn-about is Chick-fil-A fair play? In other words, should consumers, who believe in traditional marriage, boycott businesses if owners support gay marriage?
Ironically, gay rights supporters in
“I’m not a big believer in boycotts,” said an unidentified man. “It’s a slippery slope. I work for a Strategic Research Institute and I was actually the founder of the Marketing Conference for Marketing to Gays and Lesbians so I think it’s kind of stupid.”
He named a string of companies that market heavily to gay and lesbian consumers, including Starbucks, Hilton, American Airlines, and, ironically, Marriot, which is owned and operated by J.W. Marriot and his family. The Marriot family is Mormon.
“People can eat there [Chick-fil-A] if they want,” said one Chicago woman. “I’d have a hard time going some place that gives a large portion of their money to organizations that give money to politicians or other organizations trying to ban gay marriage.”
But when questioned about whether Christian, Tea Party, or other conservative-minded consumers should boycott businesses that support gay marriage, the woman immediately changed her tune.
“No, that’s not what I said,” she replied.
Another gay rights supporter quickly changed the subject when asked whether conservative or Christian consumers should boycott pro-same sex union businesses.
The aftermath of the Chick-fil-A controversy has left the gay rights movement with a weakened public image. And not even a Starbucks’ Frappuccino can fix that.
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