It’s lattes versus fried chicken in the latest skirmish over gay marriage, with those in favor planning to throw their support behind coffee chain Starbucks on Tuesday.
“National Marriage Equality Day” echoes – and counters – last week’s “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”
The fast food chain was packed with supporters after the company came under fire for president Dan Cathy’s comments in favor of “the biblical definition of the family unit” – and the company’s millions of dollars in donations to controversial anti-gay groups.
Starbucks, on the other hand, has publicly come out in favor of legalizing marriage for same-sex couples.
“Our original goal was to support Starbucks for being so supportive of our community and our rights,” says the Facebook page for the event, organized by the gay and lesbian wedding magazine Equally Wed.
“Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” packed the chain’s restaurants with supporters of the companies president Dan Cathy’s statements supporting “the biblical definition of the family unit” – and his companies large donations to the cause of blocking gay marriage.
As such, it was originally announced as “Starbucks Appreciation Day,” but organizers said the company asked that other corporate supporters of gay marriage, such as Nike and Amazon, be included as well.
The event page includes a long list of “brands that support LGBT rights” to support –Absolut Vodka, Google, Disney, Target and Southwest Airlines are among them – and had nearly 35,000 people promising to take part as of Tuesday afternoon.
“Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,” organized by former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, garnered more than 650,000 RSVPs. The company said it had record single-day sales last Wednesday but did not divulge exact numbers.
Two days later, gay marriage supporters staged a “National Same-Sex Kiss Day” at Chick-fil-A locations in counter-protest.