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 email 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 email 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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braduf August 06, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Magda, You are misinterpreting the bible. God created all of us. Are we to assume because Jesus was single that he was gay or that because his conception with Mary was without sex (immaculate) that intercourse is wrong? Are heterosexual people who choose to be "companionless" because they enjoy it somehow wrong? It seems to go against your interpretation of the bible. God created the male and female body for procreation. Maybe everyone doesn't want to procreate. Maybe that was the plan. There is obviously to much of it going on because some countries limit it and others make it legal to destroy its result. (way more unnatural than kissing in front of a Chic-fil-a) I sometimes am ashamed to be a Christian. Mr Cathy made me feel that way this past week. My God would have never excluded people and made them feel unworthy of existence or made them feel any less than what he purposefully created. Magda I believe you would agree with me that there are to may homosexuals running around for God to have made that many mistakes. I wish some Christians could separate themselves from thinking they are God. It ruins my religion and makes people hate us when God truly was all loving and all accepting.
braduf August 06, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Bishop.Harry Just because a man is gay does not mean he can not impregnate women. So your argument that you with your wives will create bigoted children to take over the world is a false argument. Since God made gay men more genetically prone to look after themselves and go to the gym, your wives are more attractive to them. I am teaching my children to love all people. Become who God made them to be gay or straight. Enjoy life and stay away from Christians who pro port to be God loving and act exactly the opposite of what God would have done. Instead be a Christian who doesn't judge and loves all. And some of you should thank Budweiser everyday that your wife would ever have sex with you at all. As for the argument above.....heterosexual men are far more disproportionately the aggressors in sex crimes both on children and women. When you have no valid argument. Name calling and words like disease ridden crop up.. glad the Christians are here to carry on God's word.
Bishop.Harry August 06, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Ray, You know if the homosexual community stopped trying to make themselves into victims and kept their sexuality where it belongs in the privacy of their homes, and stopped trying to force America to accept their DEVIANT AND IMMORAL lifestyle arguments wouldn't take place like what has taken place. I equate Gay People to the Nazi's who wanted to control the World and US Forces who stood their ground on the issue simply because we didn't ask you to publically be gay. Sex is for the bedroom not the board room, not the factory and certainly not public areas of this country but homosexuals want everyone to embrace their lifestyle which we won't so they are mad and are trying to force America to accept and embrace it. You know what happened to the Nazi's who fought the war? They lost and were either taken prisoner or worse. I say this because I will go to my grave fighting for the traditional marriage and will take a few of the enemy with me if needed. Now respond if you want but I am done with this conversation with a deviant and immoral person. I have better things to do with my time than to have a battle of wits with a person who is obviously out of ammo. Have a Godly Day and AGAIN I SAY REPENT FROM YOUR DEVIANT AND IMMORAL CHOICE.
Bonnie Bartley August 06, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Bishop Harry, Bob, and Magda: I applaud you! And I feel sure God does as well. What we are seeing in the world today is the Prophets of Old's "signs of the times" or should I say "end times". The Bible as you know speaks of this & now we are living it or so it appears to me. Never have I seen so much blatant perverson, sin, & evil in America & all over the world as I do today. We are witnessing that indeed "Satan is the prince of the power in the air" as he "goes about like a roaring lion" seeking, deceiving & destroying those who will listen to him. The more they listen to him the bolder they get with their deviate & sinful ways. Some want to denounce God & His Word because they are so self absorbed they don't want to change their wicked ways, but again that is their "choice". Gays are not "born"; God does not make mistakes! How can they be "born gay" and then be condemned to damnation & hell in the Bible? Satan plants the seeds of evil & it then becomes a choice. The only other "choice" is to repent & have an eternal home in Heaven with God or continue in sin and reep the consequence of sin - eternal damnation in the lake of fire in hell. By the grace of God I am a Christian & the most precious possession I have is my soul because of it's eternal destination.. The only "insurance" I have on it is Jesus. In the End if I am "wrong" I have lost absolutely nothing. But if non-believers are wrong & those who continue to sin and don't repent they have lost absolutely everything!
braduf August 07, 2012 at 02:17 AM
And it goes on. This is the reason Christianity is the cause of more death and destruction throughout time. Everyone uses God to prove they are right. It creates separation and division among people because everyone has different levels of understanding and interpretation. Thank God for the internet where people can read and understand the absurdities of something unproven.
Bishop.Harry August 07, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Braduf, The only thing unproven is that you have the IQ or Grasp of the truth above that of a red worm and we all know what happens to them, in your case Satan will use you to draw others into your way of thinking and that is sad. I fish with red worms every Saturday and they attract alot of fish for my Saturday evening dinners. I pray that with your rederick we don't see many souls lost. I will be praying for your soul sir.
Steve Burns (Editor) August 07, 2012 at 01:42 PM
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Steve Burns (Editor) August 07, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Regarding my previous comment, each state has its own laws about terminating pregnancies. Please remember that before commenting.
Magda LeBel August 07, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Very well said. We live in a day like Sodom and Gomorrah and people want to justify their sins. Gays call themselves Christians, but want to continue in their sins. As I see on here, they twist the Word of God to justify it. How can anyone suggest that Jesus was gay. He was perfect, and totally free from all sin. He is our example. Anyone who suggests anything else is clearly deceived and not a Christian/follower of Christ. I admit I have sin in my life, as do all people, but I recognize it as such and repent, and ask God to help me. There are some great scriptures on this discussion that make it very clear how God feels. The people on here do not want to hear the truth. It's the Truth that sets you free and they are not willing to give up the sin and walk in freedom. You can't change until you recognize your need to change. At that point God will meet you and help. I too, will stand for traditional family values as long as I'm on this earth and am teaching them to all of my children. That means five more warriors for the kingdom of God.
braduf August 07, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Magda, I do not believe in abortion either. Don't you believe that your time and Mr Cathy's time would be better spent changing the needless practice rather than going after gay's who choose to love each other and marry and get the same benefits as the rest of us. The word homosexuality was never mentioned in the bible until 1946. Your Sodom and Gomorra understanding is just wrong. Lot was offering his daughters to get him out of the place of sin. Put Lavitian Law into context. Sin was why S&G was being destroyed. There were tons of sins. A menistrating woman was an abomination. Read them all !!!! A man lying with many others was over years turned into another man....that is not the original text. Originally it was with others meaning a promiscuous man was an abomination. I could go on but you will not believe it. Rather than judge use you life for good. Telling people they will go to hell you don't know. Loving them they can experience today. It will help you to. Don't try to be God, you are not. If you are going to quote him/her then go study first.
braduf August 07, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Thank you Bishop, You say more about yourself than I ever could.
Ray August 07, 2012 at 03:54 PM
"I fish with red worms every Saturday…" fishing, huh? hmmmmm… what else are you doing with those wormies, hhmmmmm? "I pray that with your rederick we don't see many souls lost…" I pray that with your redNECK that we don't see ANY souls listening to your crazy yakking… now go on… I hear the Wrong Side of History calling you…
Ray August 07, 2012 at 03:55 PM
"… That means five more warriors for the kingdom of God …" Gasp --- five kids? Ever hear of overpopulation? You must be one tired babymaker! But --- You realize, of course, that statistics show that 1.75 percent of your offspring will turn out to be gay … so much for the warriors theory …? LoL at you...
MARK IT RIGHT August 07, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Name calling by someone that says they are a bishop. HA! How loving. God must really be proud of you! My dog is closer to being a bishop than you. After reading all of these comments, this is what I took from it. Most of the people that said they were a Christian just in passing were loving and not judging. The ones that were screaming I AM A CHRISTIAN, I am up holding Gods belief were anything but loving and extremely judgmental. So the know it all Christians were doing anything but up holding the true Christian beliefs. HMMM The Bible has been and always will be up to an individuals own interpretations. That doesn't make one more right than the other. Just as Christianity is not the only religion. So it does not make it more right than any other religion. Believe or not believe whatever you want. It is not ANYONE'S right to push their beliefs on others. The sooner some of you realize this the better off we all will be. Btw, Harry, I know your secret. Bishop is your last name. So stop pretending to be something you are not, a bishop or a Christian.
Magda LeBel August 07, 2012 at 06:15 PM
You need to reread the scripture. Lot offered his daughters to the homosexual men trying to break down his door to have sex with his guests, who were angels. Lot was a righteous man who had made a poor choice in residence. Abraham pleaded for Lot and S&G but there were not enough righteous to save the city so Lot had to flee before God destroyed it. I'm not sure what Bible you are reading, but you are incorrect. You need to read my previous comments. I don't recall telling anyone they are going to hell and I made it very clear that I am not here to judge anyone. I am just stating that the gay lifestyle is a sinful one.
Ray August 07, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Magda, that's a great story about "Lot and his daughters" … do you know the one about the "The Princess and the Pea" or "Three Little Pigs" or "The Lion and the Mouse" ? Please continue to regal us with fairy tales on this thread…
Philip Beck August 07, 2012 at 09:53 PM
It has been my experience that Chick fil A serves their customers good food fast with a smile. These on-line debates appear to be generated in order to make Christians and social conservatives look weird, intolerant, sex-obsessed, or just plain mean. As for me, I don't think a boycott could work with this company and as we have seen, it generally resulted in their stores running out of food. I helped them run out of food if you were wondering.
Philip Beck August 07, 2012 at 09:54 PM
For a basic stance on preserving traditional marriage, try this: “As reported in Salvo magazine, “what’s in contention is whether the government should force everyone to recognize such “marriages.” Far from being a liberating thing, the forced recognition of same-sex “marriage” is a governmental intrusion of monumental proportions.” “Same-sex couples, or any other combination of people, animals, and inanimate objects, can and do “marry” in this way. What the law in most states currently does not do, however, is force third parties—individuals, businesses, institutions, and so on—to recognize these “marriages” and treat them as if they were exactly the same as traditional marriages. Freedom of choice is precisely what the advocates of same-sex “marriage” want to destroy; they want to use the government’s power to force everyone to recognize same-sex unions as marriages whether they want to or not. The effects of such coercion have already been felt in some places. Adoption agencies, for example, like any other organization, ought to be able to choose whether to give children to same-sex couples, or not. But in Massachusetts, where same-sex “marriage” has been declared legal, these agencies have been forced to accept applications from same-sex couples or go out of business (of helping the innocent, unfortunate, orphans).”
John Sergent August 07, 2012 at 10:01 PM
To Phillip Beck: " “what’s in contention is whether the government should force everyone to recognize such “marriages.” Far from being a liberating thing, the forced recognition of same-sex “marriage” is a governmental intrusion of monumental proportions.”---If you believe this to be so, why is the campaign only against *gay* marriage? Why not against remarried Catholics? After all, their church doesn't recognize those marriages as valid, yet nobody's arguing they shouldn't be treated as such under the law of the land, common to everyone. (Other than this disagreement, by the way: if you are who I think you are, it's good to know you're still around and I hope all's been going well for you.)
Ray August 07, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Christians and social conservatives have looked and acted weird, intolerant, sex-obsessed, or just plain mean since the days when Georgia’s own Newt Gingrich “ran” the republican party ... The Cathy family just makes them look worse... and if you 'helped them run out of food' --- one wonder just how much you consumed ... gasp!
Philip Beck August 07, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Ray, I get it, you are a democrat that has what you believe to be a reasonable reason to despise republicans. Most shallow of you. BTW, I'm a big-fat-Christian-conservative-republican. Happy now? But only if 200 lbs and six feet tall with a 105 cholesterol level qualifies as big-fat. Gasp! back at-cha. As the ever-so-lovely and graceful Rachel who works at the Tucson Chick fil A restaurant is known to say, "Have a nice day."
Ray August 07, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Gasp again, “Phillip” ... I have many, Many, MANY reasons to believe that republicans are crazy and the reasons have been piling up over the years ... so Gasp right back at ya again...
Philip Beck August 07, 2012 at 10:39 PM
John, I'm just going out on a limb here, but re-marriage in the Catholic church is dominated by opposite sex participants. And the government isn't forcing the Catholic church to recognize this re-marriage, it's their option. Also, I don't see this as a campaign against gay marriage. It is an effort to maintain the definition, interpretation and purpose of the Biblical traditional marriage. Your name sounds familiar but I can't place you.
John Sergent August 07, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Indeed, remarriage after divorce is usually an opposite-sex matter. The point, though, is that in any sense in which issuing marriage licenses can be said to force people to recognize as marriages relationships they don't believe qualify, it already happens. If you're the same Philip Beck, then I worked for you for two years at the Commerce McDonald's. But of course, so did a lot of other people, and it was a fairly long while back.
Judi Wills August 07, 2012 at 11:58 PM
That is disappointing, Ray... I’ve been following this thread for the last few days and Your comments have always been much more “cool” than this one... Losing your touch?
Rick Smith August 08, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data, ability to repeat discredited memes, and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Also, be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor even implied. Any irrelevancies you can mention will also be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous. I got in on this discussion in the first days, but everyone is so way off topic now. I think the above statement about sums up what this discussion has devolved in to.
Rick Smith August 08, 2012 at 12:04 PM
In case anyone can't scroll to the top, the original purpose of the comment section is stated here - "-- How do you feel about the gay workers at Chick-fil-A? Tell us in the comments below."
Philip Beck August 08, 2012 at 02:33 PM
John, I've never worked fast food but my brother did--I recall him managing Tasty Freeze stores though, one may have been in Commerce.
Philip Beck August 08, 2012 at 02:42 PM
OK. My feelings about "the gay workers” at Chick fil A are the same as for the "non-gay workers". I go to the restaurant chain because it consistently provides me with what I want to buy in the atmosphere where I want to buy it in. The employees are well-trained, courteous, efficient and generally pleasant people to interact with. The gay employees quoted in this story told accounts of their interactions with a miniscule percentage of what I would call atypical customers. Some of those customers are likely unpleasant, rude and/or insensitive wherever they choose to go, and this fabricated outrage scenario was apparently a convenient outlet for them to display their character flaws. I imagine nearly all of the employees handled similar situations with the grace, patience and dignity that Rachel at the Tucson store, when accosted by customer Adam Smith, demonstrated.
John Sergent August 08, 2012 at 05:11 PM
@Philip Beck--OK. Different person, then. Thanks.


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