I admit, it made me a little sad --no, a lot sad-- to see how many people were at the Chick-Fil-A to support their right to eat fattening food** and give their money to a corporation who's president supports groups that fight to maintain a status quo that I find abhorrent.
I'm not gay (not that there' anything wrong with that), but I have several near and dear friends who are. Only one is two are officially married (to each other) in the eyes of the State of California (though of course DOMA keeps the federal government from recognizing that family union--for now). I consider all my friends (gay and straight) to be excellent members of society, good, talented people who work hard, and who contribute something to their communities and I think we should all have the same rights. Besides, I've always said, unless you want to sleep with someone what difference does it make if he or she is gay or straight?
I know my standing in front of the Chick-Fil-A store on Montgomery didn't make anyone who was driving up for their 895+ calories change their mind about gay marriage. But still, I felt compelled to go, to make a small statement, a show of support, to say I don't appreciate Chick-Fil-A's stance on gay marriage and I don't like how they spend their profits. Yes, it is their right to do what they want with their money, but it is my right to say I don't like it.
And next time I'm in the mood for a chicken sandwich, I'll be heading over to Roma Bakery and Deli, who handed out free chicken sandwiches to folks protesting the Appreciation Day... I arrived too late for a free sandwich, but I heard they were good.
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**according to CFA's website, and handy Meal Calculator, a Classic Chicken sandwich (I selected light may and ketchup), a small order of those famous waffle potato fries, and a small sweet tea totals 895 calories, which if I remember from high school health class is A SH**T TON of calories for one meal, and then there is the 36g of fat, 7 of which is saturated, the 1920mg of sodium... calculate your own meal and you'll see.