The Chick-Fil-A locations we visited back on Wednesday were packed with cars lined up around the block in some locations. That was not the case tonight with folks who oppose Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy's position on gay marriage.
But there were several people gathered on the street at the Eastwood location, making their views known. At the same time, there were some managers on the sidewalk making sure things stay civil.
And from what we could see, they did. These gay rights activitists or opponents to Chick-Fil-A's stance had colorful signs and some colorful slogans to shout at motorists driving by on Montclair Road, but there was no real confrontation.
In fact I asked one man how Chick-Fil-A was treating them and he said, "pretty good. They've been cooperativel and helpful."
In fact the folks here on the sidewalk say their purpose isn't so much to stage a confrontation as it is to let people know they dont' agree with how Chick-Fil-A spends their money.
"I believe what Cathy's done and the millions of dollars he's investing in hate organizations that are anti-gay is an enormous thing, and a small protest like this isn't really going to counterbalance anything but it's a beginning and a good step forward," Cliff Beach said.
And they say the one good thing about all this is it's restarted or grabbed more attention for a national conversation on this issue.
"It may seem like a negative to a lot of folks to have the things happen that went on Wednesday and today. But it's elevated the conversation to a level it's never been before, and people who have never considered gay rights or gay marriage or corporate responsibility and how corporations spend their money, are suddenly having to think about it for the first time in their lives," Beach said.
For it's part, Chick-Fil-A's spokesperson didn't go on camera tonight. They did put out a press release saying, as always, their goal is to provide hospitality and serve the best food they possibly could.
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