Ya gotta feel a little for Chick-fil-A's franchise owners who have been swept up in the company's president's intolerant remarks. I'd like to think we could separate the good guys from the bad -- the man who owns the store on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood sounds lovely (see his letter below) -- but as a franchise, a percentage of all sales go back to the corporate office, the very office that is donating millions to anti-gay organizations. I suppose it's up to each consumer to decide what is the right decision for him or her, but franchisees should probably research the people they're jumping into bed with before they sign the dotted line. Personally, I'd probably steer clear of this place and just pray the nearby El Pollo Loco isn't donating money to any unsavory characters!!!.
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Dear Mr. Cillpam –
I just read the statement that you shared via your restaurant’s Facebook page. It’s wonderful that you and your wife love Los Angeles and consider Hollywood your home. I also love Hollywood—it’s not just my home, it’s where I work as Chief Public Affairs Officer for the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, which is just blocks from your restaurant. But would you have the same love for Los Angeles if your marriage wasn’t recognized here? If it was legal for you to be fired here because you’re straight? Your company—the company you support with your franchise fees—gives millions to organizations working to deprive LGBT of our rights, including the freedom to marry and protection from workplace discrimination.
Contrary to your statement, Chick-fil-A’s president made it quite clear he was speaking for the company with his “guilty as charged” statements. You, as a franchise owner, are an important part of that company. In fact, the company wouldn’t exist without franchisees. If you truly care about your community, which includes a huge number of LGBT people, convince Chick-fil-A to stop funding anti-LGBT organizations and to start supporting full equality for LGBT people. Until then, don’t expect us to patronize your restaurant or those of any other franchisees.