- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 23, 2016

When the House Democrats occupied the floor of that august body Wednesday and Thursday in the wake of an anti-gay hate crime, they apparently were supporting anti-gay chicken sandwiches.

According to footage caught by TMZ, Democrats accepted a massive shipment of Chick-fil-A just outside the Capitol. “Is this all for us?” said one woman, apparently a staffer, as she pushed one of two loaded carts onto the pavement.

Had the food been KFC, Boston Market, or even a non-chicken outlet like PapaJohn’s or Subway, nobody’s eyes would be raised. Bu this is Chick-fil-A, prompting the TMZ video page to title the clip “Gun Control Protest Fueled by Ironic Takeout.”

Chick-fil-A has been the target of liberal activists for years over comments made by founder Dan Cathy about gay marriage and over the company’s contributions to social-conservative organizations such as Focus on the Family.

It also maintains a chain-wide policy of closing on Sundays, a form of Christian Sabbath observance that once was normal for businesses.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called for a boycott of the “anti-gay” chain this spring as it ventured into the city. The Southern Poverty Law Center also has taken aim at Chick-fil-A and gay activists have tried to stop the franchise from opening stores on college campuses. The hashtag “#ChickFilhAte” is common on Twitter.

So much is Chick-fil-A an icon of social-conservative “hatred” of gays that when Floyd Lee Corkins decided to shoot up the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, he brought along a bag of Chick-fil-A sandwiches to stuff in his intended victims’ dead mouths.

While the House Democrats were munching on Chick-fil-A’s hate sandwiches, they were holding the floor to save America from anti-gay violence. Their gun-control bills had been prompted by the mass-shooting attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando by a Muslim gunman who, according to some accounts, was himself gay and deeply conflicted about it.

• Victor Morton can be reached at vmorton@washingtontimes.com.

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