The protest continues at The Chick-fil-A in Hollywood, California. The restaurant was a target of another night of gay protestors and supporters, including PETA. The group staged “National Same Sex Kiss Day at the restaurant located on Sunset Boulevard and Highland Avenue in response to comments made by its president, Dan Cathy… There was a lot of gay kissing going on. The controversy began when Cathy, Chick fil-A CEO, in an interview with the Baptist Press on July 16, said the company is “very much supportive of the family — the Biblical definition of the family unit.” Cathy has also been criticized for making large donations to anti-gay Christian organizations, such as Exodus International, which offers ministries to families impacted by homosexuality. The owner of Hollywood Sunset/Highland Chick-fil-A, Jeremiah Cillpam, recently released a letter stating that Cathy did not speak on the behalf of every Chick-fil-A owner. “We hope those who are upset will look at their relationship with our restaurant, the Hollywood Chick-fil-A, and allow us to continue to serve them,” Cillpam wrote. He also said that the restaurant has given back to the community, donating various items to schools, at-risk youth organizations, hospitals, police departments and more. Cillpam said the restaurant has also created 150 jobs, many of which are filled by local high school and college students. “In our hiring practices, we have never and will never discriminate based upon sexual orientation or religious beliefs,” he wrote. The protests are not likely to end in the near future.
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