Tallahassee, Florida- August 3, 2012
Cows and chicken sandwiches have been making headlines left and right.
Gay and lesbian activists and groups declared today National Same Sex Kiss Day at Chick-Fil-A. Across the nation, same sex couples and people protesting comments made by the company's President, gathered at the restaurants for a kiss-in. Here in Tallahassee, however, things remained fairly quiet.
Chick-Fil-A president Dan Cathy came under fire for openly expressing his opposition to gay marriage. Groups like the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation responded by calling for an economic boycott of the restaurant chain.
"The controversy is something you'd expect when you hear someone, who uh, is the head of a national food chain making a comment, that, mmmmm, has been considered distasteful by quite a few people," says one Tallahassee resident, Brett Pailet.
After Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day on Wednesday was a huge success, gay rights activists said they needed to do more to show their strength as well. They encouraged same sex couples to go to area Chick-Fil-A's and share a smooch with their partner.
Says Will Murray, another Tallahassee resident: "I think that is their right to express their opinion. As long as they're not barricading the doors or anything, I think that's completely justified."
"You're in America. It's a free country. I have different beliefs, but if you wanna kiss inside Chick-Fil-A, as long as it's not against their policy, I don't think you should be penalized," says Chick-fil-A customer Clifton Justin.
In many places across the nation, the kiss-in brought out the crowds. In Tallahassee, the protestors were nowhere to be found. Kissing couples were few and far between. Some people here just want the chick-frenzy to stop.
Dave Doyton: "People are people. We should let 'em be. And, as far as I'm concerned, the chicken sandwich is all I care about in this place."
At the Tallahassee location, there seemed to be more people stopping by out of curiosity than to participate in the kiss-in. Managers say everyone is welcome and that they do not discriminate against anyone.