Small group gathers for Chick-fil-A 'kiss-in' protest in Dallas




Posted on August 3, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 9:58 PM

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DALLAS - It was a stark contrast to Wednesday.

There were no lines and no crowds, just a couple of couples showing affection during the gay community's answer to the Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.

While there was a large police presence during the lunch hours at Chick-fil-A off Central Expressway and Southwestern Boulevard in Dallas, there were no signs of protest at noon.

However, a few same-sex couples did appear, ready to stand for gay marriage.

"Well, I want to show that I'm here to support marriage equality," said Pam Buchmeyer, who was there with her partner, Shelly Crandall.

"We just want others to understand that we believe that we have rights, and we want to make sure they're represented," Crandall said.

Others took issue with Chick-fil-A's financial backing of like-minded groups.

"As a gay person, I won't spend my money here, which turns around and goes to the companies that are anti-everything I stand for."

Mark Garr said it just wasn't an appropriate form of protest.

"There are small children that live around here," he said. "I mean, what do you tell your kid? 'Hey mommy, two women are kissing each other?'"

Mark Davis of 660 AM The Answer, who supported the Chick-fil-A appreciation day on his radio program, told News 8 by Skype he's not surprised there isn't much kissing going on.

"But the fact of the matter is, this was doomed to obscurity, because the vast majority even of gay people don't want to go out and create some disturbance at Chick-fil-A. They may disagree with Chick-fil-A's philosophy, but they're not going to go out mug down in public."

The organizer of the protest, who is from Flower Mound, asked members of the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender community to exchange kisses at any one of the chains nationwide to show support of gay marriage. Organizers said they were protesting mostly because of Chick-fil-A's donations to what they call anti-LGBT organizations.

The protest comes two days after Chick-fil-A reported record sales during a customer appreciation day when thousands turned out at chains nationwide to show their support of the chicken chain.

The flap began back in July when Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy spoke out in favor of traditional family values.

Friday, Chick-fil-A customers told News 8 they believe everyone has a right to express their beliefs. However, some said they wouldn't be a fan of any type of public displays of affection.

"I wouldn't want my little girl going to a restaurant and there is a bunch of heterosexual people making out," said Chris Dean, a customer.

Managers at Chick-fil-A didn't make any remarks about the planned kiss-in, but employees at a Chick-fil-A in Flower Mound told News 8 they were warned to expect the protest today. The employees told News 8 they've been told to "keep working."