Supporters of the fast-food chain filed into the restaurant’s locations across the country to show support on what fans are touting as “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”
A California Chick-fil-A surprised gay marriage supporters at a rally by passing out free meals coupons, despite the fast food chain's COO's outspoken stance against same-sex marriage.
The Los Angeles Daily News reports Corey Braun, the owner and operator of a franchise in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., says he felt the gathering was an opportunity to show hospitality to members of his community, regardless of their beliefs.
"I wanted to show that Chick-fil-A doesn't discriminate against anybody," Braun told the Los Angeles Daily News. "We serve everyone. We're happy to serve the community and this was an opportunity to have this group come in and show them our hospitality regardless of their beliefs, sexual orientation, or whatever."
Eden Anderson, who is a board member for a local LGBT rights group, called Braun's actions "surreal."
"What I experienced with the community, is when people are open and apologetic and accepting, it's touching to us," Anderson told the Los Angeles Daily News. "It feels like acceptance and we just want to be accepted and engaged in society, so when it's confirmed, I think the overall reaction was, yes, certainly that Chick-fil-A in Rancho Cucamonga is welcoming to us."
Chick-fil-A's COO Dan Cathy drew outrage from LGBT groups nationwide last year after he voiced opposition to same-sex marriage, with many gay marriage supporters calling for a boycott of his restaurants.
In turn, supporters of the fast food chain held "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day." The Los Angeles Daily News reports hundreds turned out to Braun's franchise on "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" to show their support.
Braun says he feels Cathy's comments were taken out of context.
"Chick-fil-A has never been about hate," he said.