I have heard some very genuine thoughts from people I care about in regards to Chick-fil-A. In my own comment section, pinkpistol issues a challenge for those of us stating that we support first amendment and are not anti-gay.
I have to admit that I’m on the fence with the planned “kiss in.” Not the idea of it, but how I’m afraid some will execute it. Plenty of people, regardless of orientation, lack common decency, and I fear this event is likely to bring that out. And so, I will not be showing up to show my support. Also, I don’t know how me going and not kissing anyone of the same sex really supports anything.
The very genuine reaction that I’ve heard is that although the people in the LGBTQ community believe the CEO of Chick-fil-A should have every right to state what he believes. They cannot in good conscience spend their money with an organization that will use those profits to support anti-gay causes. This is completely legitimate, and I fully support anyone voting with their wallets. It is also understandable that the out pouring of support for Chick-fil-A feels like a slap in the face. Particularly when we tweet and Facebook and write blog posts about it. Yeah, I want to stick it to the leaders in Chicago and Boston, but I do not want my friends to be collateral damage. As a Christian, I cannot abide the hate directed at this community.
And so, here is what I propose. I can think of no better organization serving the LGBTQ community than The Trevor Project. For every dollar I spend at Chick-fil-A, I will donate a dollar to The Trevor Project. To me, this seems like a better way to love my neighbors and support what I believe in than slapping them in the face. Join me?