Chick-fil-A vs. Chicago

Is buying a Chick-fil-A sandwich now a statement against gay marriage?

WRITTEN BY: Lexi Elias
Chick-fil-A signature chicken sandwich.
Image Source: J. Reed via Wikimedia Commons
Chick-fil-A signature chicken sandwich.

 

Apparently, walking into Chick-fil-A to buy a chicken sandwich is now a political statement as the fast-food restaurant and the city of Chicago go head to head about gay marriage.

Enjoying Chick-fil-A’s fried chicken sandwich became a lot more complicated when the president of the family owned company, Dan Cathy, stated his opinion on gay marriage.

Cathy told the Baptist Press that Chick-fil-A is “guilty as charged” for backing “the biblical definition of a family.” Further, Mr. Chick-fil-A later went on to say in a radio interview, “I think we are 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.’”

As Cathy’s comments about marriage, and discrimination against gay marriage, clearly caused an uproar from gay rights advocates across the country, many cities, including Chicago, are taking a stand. Chicago mayor, Rahm Emanuel, vowed to block the building of a new Chick-fil-A in Chicago. The mayor stated, “Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values.”

Although people may not agree with Cathy’s statement on gay marriage, many people believe that walking into Chick-fil-A to indulge in a chicken sandwich, waffle fries, and a chocolate shake should not be, and still is not, political. Lauren Silich, owner of the only Chick-fil-A in Chicago, located off the Magnificent Mile, is passionate about the fast-food restaurant, and believes, whole-heartedly, in the progression of bringing more Chick-fil-As to the city.

Silich has asked for the mayor to come into Chick-fil-A to talk to her and her team about bringing more Chick-fil-A to the city. She wants Mayor Emanuel to see how good the restaurant is on a local level and what it does for the community. She was adamant about clarifying that this Chicago Chick-fil-A does discriminate or turn anyone away. She explains that she treats all employees and costumers, regardless of sexual orientation, with “honor, dignity and respect.”

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