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POLL: Big Business Pressured To Take Stand On Gay Rights

Chick-fil-A took a stand on gay marriage this week—a trend that may be due to pressure from gay right's advocates.

Pressure from gay right’s advocates may have led the top official fast-food chain Chick-fil-A—which has a —to take a public position on same-sex marriage.

This week Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy said his privately-owned company is against gay unions.

Chad Griffin, president of the gay right’s non-profit Human Rights Campaign, said in a released statement Thursday that Chick-fil-A "has finally come clean" after hiding in the closet.

“Chick-fil-A is headed by a man who is proud of his company’s anti-LGBT giving and has made some extremist statements concerning marriage equality. Consumers now have to decide if that’s the kind of company they want to give their money to,” the Human Rights Campaign statement read.

This week when the Chick-fil-A president declared his company’s “guilty as charged” position on gay marriage, he added, “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 marriage.”

Human Rights Campaign and other organizations like it have pressured top government officials and business leaders to state their positions on gay marriage and gay rights, claiming that voters and consumers have a right to know.

Human Rights Campaign currently hosts a website that includes a “Buyer’s Guide” that rates businesses and brands on equality practices. Out of a possible score of 100, Chick-fil-A received a zero from Human Rights Campaign.

Other local restaurants rated by Human Rights Campaign include Starbucks, which received a score of 95; McDonald’s scored 75; Burger King scored 55; Domino’s Pizza scored 35; Wendy’s scored 30; and Jack in the Box scored 15.

Click here to read more about Human Rights Campaign’s scoring model and how it rates other national businesses that have a local presence.

Jeff K July 31, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Chick-fil-A's anti-gay marriage stance has gotten some high-profile support by way of Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Sarah Palin and other conservative lawmakers. But among their longtime customers, it's a much different story. Conservatism loses and loses and loses to the US Constitution and the US people.....LOL! Polling organization YouGov found that the Atlanta-based chain's brand approval ratings have plummeted in the wake of Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy's controversial remarks earlier this month. YouGov also reports that the company's overall consumer brand health among fast food eaters has dropped to its lowest levels since mid-August 2010 in the wake of the media firestorm. Just before Cathy's interview was published, Chick-fil-A's Index score was 65, well above the Top National Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) Sector average score of 46. Just four days later, however, Chick-fil-A's score had fallen to 47, while last week, the chain had a score of 39, compared to the Top National QSR Sector average score of 43.
ShaneS August 01, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Chik fil a in Murrieta, CA has a huge crowd of customers lined up around the block! Huge support for them having the courage to speak up for rights for all people to express their views. Thank God we live in a free country!!!
Demon Hunter August 02, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Wow, reading through these post, and someone stated that Hitler was a Christain.... That has got to be the most IGNORANT statement I have ever heard!!!! Hitler killed Christains because they were heavily against the third reich.... Don't make statements of you don't know the facts
Loren Scott August 02, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Demon Hunter -- Ummmm... it's ironic that you tell others not to make statements if they don't know the facts when you clearly do not know your history. From Wikipedia: For a time Hitler advocated positive Christianity, a militant, non-denominational form of Christianity which emphasized Christ as an active preacher, organizer, and fighter who opposed the institutionalized Judaism of his day. Positive Christianity purged or deemphasized the Jewish aspects of Christianity and was infused with aspects of nationalism and racial antisemitism. Hitler never directed his attacks on Jesus himself, whom Hitler regarded as an Aryan opponent of the Jews. Hitler viewed traditional Christianity as a corruption of the original ideas of Jesus by the Apostle Paul. In Mein Kampf Hitler writes that Jesus "made no secret of his attitude toward the Jewish people, and when necessary he even took the whip to drive from the temple of the Lord this adversary of all humanity, who then as always saw in religion nothing but an instrument for his business existence. In return, Christ was nailed to the cross." Also, Hitler not only killed Christians, Catholics, and Jews, but pretty much anyone who got in his way or attempted to hide Jews. He didn't care who they were. One thing is for certain, he did not kill "in the name of Atheism", as many have killed "in the name of [insert God of choice here]" -- for example, the Crusades.
Demon Hunter August 02, 2012 at 07:12 AM
Ummmm, yeah, you pretty much said it there... Just read what you wrote, he made his own religion.... Christain is not a label that you can give to yourself. I can call myself anything, but it doesn't make it true. So he murdered traditional Christains and made up his own jesus

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