LGBT Activist: Chick-fil-A "Kiss In" Not the Best Way to Protest

By: Anna Lempereur Email
By: Anna Lempereur Email

Gay activists are staging a "kiss in" at their local Chick-fil-A restaurants and occupying the tables and booths as they protest the company's support for traditional marriage.

It is all in response to the comments made by Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy, who recently said he does not support gay marriage.

Shelby Wiltz, a student at James Madison University who is a member of the LGBT community said while she is really hurt by the comments that were made, she does not think the "kiss in" will put people on her side.

Wiltz is the educational coordinator of JMU's Madison Equality group that supports gay rights.

She said while she acknowledges that protesters feel like their rights are trying to be taken away, she does not know if kissing in front of Chick-fil-A restaurants is the best way to get the point across.

Wiltz said they can do it just as easily by holding hands or handing out flyers.

She said it is important that people make informed decisions for themselves.

"I think that it's important to make sure that we're informing the community in positive ways and gaining their support, rather than making them feel like they don't know how to relate to us or that they can't be a part of this cause," said Wiltz.

Wiltz said Madison Equality has other goals in mind to focus on, like working on getting gender-neutral housing on campus.


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