Chances are you might not know what Chick-Fil-A is, since there are not any located in Michigan. Chick-Fil-A is a wildly popular fast food restaurant in the South that serves fried chicken and has a clever marketing campaign with anthropomorphic cows encouraging people to “Eat Mor Chikin.”
However, Chick-Fil-A is currently in the middle of a controversy. The restaurant’s president, Dan Cathy, recently threw his hat into the political ring by offering his views on marriage equality. Dan Cathy stated, “We’re inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage. And I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude that thinks we have the audacity to redefine what marriage is all about.”
His statement has caused a slurry of debate and activism on both sides of the issue: those who support Cathy’s beliefs and his right to free speech and those who are in favor of marriage equality.
Since Cathy’s statement was released several notable Republicans have shown their support for Chick-Fil-A, including Rick Santorum and Sarah Palin. More serious Chick-Fil-A supporters argue that Cathy’s Right to Free Speech entitles him to his opinions, including New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg.
Cathy’s statements have infuriated supporters of marriage equality for a variety of reasons. Several gay rights groups have been actively protesting Chick-Fil-A because the company donates money to organizations that oppress marginalized LGBT minorities. Several mayors of large U.S. cities have called “fowl” to Cathy’s comments including Washington D.C.’s Mayor Vincent Gray, who has dubbed Chick-Fil-A “Hate Chicken” and is trying to stop the fast food chain from expanding in D.C.
Wherever you stand on this issue, you can learn more about both perspectives by exploring Gale’s Opposing Viewpoints Database. The library also has numerous books on marriage equality and traditional marriage that can help you understand both sides of the marriage equality debate.
Or if you want to cut the fat, both in food and politics, then check out one of the library’s books on healthy living instead.