[UPDATE] July 13, 2012 - 6:49pm
A group of gay rights activists has a beef with Chick-fil-A restaurants, and they're using "Cow Appreciation Day" to spread their message.
Why did the cow cross the road?
To get to the chicken on the other side.
"I love Chick-fil-a. I enjoy their chicken." Says, Tallahassee resident Kristin Sweeney.
Sweeney is spotted from head to hoof for Cow Appreciation Day Friday.
Chick-fil-A restaurants give a free meal to everyone who dresses like a cow.
Sweeney says, "My friend's dad's a demolition worker. So, we take our Cow Day seriously and make some nice suits and enjoy some free chicken."
Brittany Stephens says, "I love doing arts and crafts and dressing up. So, I was like, hey, free food and I get to dress up. That sounds like a great idea."
Stephens made costumes for her and her 7-year-old stepdaughter, Emmalea, who says, "I can understand dressing up like a cow."
Jay Quigley also made a costume. But his has modifications. Quigley says, "Encouraging the organization to support gay rights, I've got symbols for gays and lesbians, which are the rainbow and the triangle."
Quigley is among a group of people protesting Chick-fil-A.. They gathered at the Chick-fil-A on Capital Circle Northeast in Tallahassee at noon Friday.
They say the chain uses its profits to block equal marriage rights.
Protester Fran Sullivan-Fahs says, "I find it very disturbing and un-Christian for this organization that professes to be Christian to exclude that huge group of people. Eleven percent of the population of the world is gay."
The protesters took the free food they got for dressing like cows to the The Shelter in Tallahassee to help feed the homeless.
They say that's what Chick-fil-A should be doing with their money, instead of blocking gay rights.
Protesters went to the North Monroe Street location at 5:30 and 7:30 until closing.
Tallahassee, Florida - July 13, 2012 -
For one day only, black and white spots, cow bells and furry ears will be appropriate attire to go out to lunch, but for some customers, protest signs will be a part of the outfit.
If the costume's on you,the meal's on them. Today is Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-a. Anyone wearing a cow costume will get a free meal, but not everyone wearing a costume is just here to enjoy free chicken. Protesters are here at the Chick-fil-a on Capital Circle Northeast.
They are protesting Chick-fil-a for what they say is the restaurant chain's use of profits to block equal marriage rights. A variety of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender members and other groups are gathering for protests at Chick-fil-a restaurants across the country.
In a release, the protesters say they will dress as cows to get free meals for Cow Appreciation Day. However, they will deliver that food to The Shelter on Tennessee Street in Tallahassee. They say it's to show that Chick-fil-a contradicts teachings of Jesus, saying Jesus would have fed the homeless instead of spending millions on blocking equal marriage rights for the gay community.
Cow Appreciation Day is all day at all Chick-fil-a restaurants. The protest on Capital Circle just started at noon. One is scheduled at the North Monroe Street location sometime between 5:30 and 7:30 until closing.