Chick-fil-A supporters answered Mike Huckabee’s call on Aug. 1 to buy chicken sandwiches and back the company’s head, Dan Cathy. Now, it’s the LGBT community’s turn to stand for what they believe in by participating in the National Same Sex Kiss Day campaing.
Here in South Florida, gay activists and allies will gather today at 7 p.m. in front of the Chick-fil-A restaurant at 2250 N. Federal Highway, in Pompano Beach to show Florida—and the country—that love and equality are paramount in life, no matter your sexual orientation.
According to event organizers Ronni Dowd, 47, and Michael Emanuel Rajner, 41, Same Sex Kiss Day was not created in response to Huckabee’s biblical family values appreciation day. The same sex kiss campaign was launched in July 19, a few days before Huckabee’s call to action.
“I’m outraged by the blatant display of hate. This is not about freedom of speech. Dan Cathy has every right to say and think what he wants, just as I have every right to not spend at Chick Fil A and contribute to the company’s hateful agenda” said Dowd, a lesbian living in a committed relationship and a member of Women in Network.
Organizers invite anyone interested in fairness and human rights to participate in the peaceful protest. “Feel free to bring a kissing partner of your choice or someone who you would like to hold hands with and stand in solidarity against hate,” a press release of the event reads.
“The last time I opened up the wrapper of a Chick Fil A sandwich, I realized their profits continue to fuel the genocide of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around the world, and their vision is not far from a time when gays were among the millions of innocent human lives who perished in the holocaust,” said Rajner, social worker and community activist focusing on LGBT and HIV/AIDS issues.
Let the national organizers know you’re attending by confirming your participation on the event’s Facebook page.
WHAT: National Same Sex Kiss Day Broward County Protest
WHERE: 2250 N. Federal Highway, in Pompano Beach
WHEN: Today, 7 p.m.