Chick-fil-A is expanding with gusto into the New York City market, and that leaves gays and gay activists in the area facing quite a quandary that pits their principles — their opposition to CEO Dan Cathy’s publicly expressed biblically based views of homosexuality — against their tastebuds.
“I have a healthy fear of the gay mafia,” said one gay 26-year-old who only gave his first name, William, to the New York Post. “But the crispy chicken is orgasmic. This sounds terrible because it’s fast food, but it’s the most tender chicken I’ve ever had.”
The Georgia-based Chick-fil-A has never hidden its Christian roots. The chain doesn’t even open on Sundays, in honor of the biblical tenet to take the seventh day for rest. But Mr. Cathy sparked a nationwide uprising in the gay community when he made his views known about same-sex marriage.
He said, the New York Post reported: “I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”
Following, the gay community held a boycott at Chick-fil-A stops around the nation — which, in turn, was followed by a Christian-based uprising of sorts that led supporters of Mr. Cathy and the First Amendment to eat en masse at the restaurant.
The brouhaha ultimately died down. But now the chain is expanding into the Big Apple — and the gay community is once again being reminded of Mr. Cathy’s views. Some don’t see room for forgiveness.
“They’re angry Christians selling chicken,” said a gay 53-year-old ex-dancer named Scott Baker, in the New York Post. “They say that they practice the Bible, but my God is loving and understanding. I used to crave [the restaurant’s fare]. But when they come to New York, I don’t believe I’ll eat there.”
But other gays say they’ll skip out on the boycott and partake of the chicken sandwiches, despite the risk of being ostracized from their own community.
“I could care less about Chick-fil-A making a stance,” said Robert Brigman, a 26-year-old gay concierge, in the New York Post. “They are allowed to have that opinion, and I’m allowed to have mine.”