A post of Chick-Fil-A's facebook page (please take the time to read it)
I would just like to mention, since today, I realized something. There was a time when Americans stood for something and being American was a noteworthy mention. I don't believe that anymore, though. Do any of you remember the events of September 11th, 2001? Remember how we felt as a nation the following weeks after? When we flew American flags on our cars, neighborhood streets were lined with flags swaying from front porches, people were greeting each other-even if they had no clue who you were. It was a time, and the only time, I can truly recall where America felt like one country: one nation and one people. That embrace has slowly loosened over the last almost 11 years now. People don't say hi to each other any more; they barely hold doors for you. Flags aren't flying like they used to and people aren't one people anymore. I realized that today. Why? Because when that happened we all stood side by side: homosexual, heterosexual, Muslim, Christian, Atheist, Black, White, Hispanic, Indian, English-speaking, Spanish-speaking, employed, unemployed, poor, wealthy, old, and young, it did not matter we were ALL AMERICANS. And that is how the general population saw it.
But, how today has played out, I've noticed a lot of people have lost that sentiment. It's now "you against us" or "us against you", it's never "let's find out what will work for us both". We don't take the other sides feelings into account, we don't care how what we do today will impact others tomorrow.
Today, if you ate at Chick-fil-A, you have stated that you believe I am less than you. I am not worthy of the same rights and equality as you. You have told me how worthless I am, because you chose a chicken sandwich, over my right to have a happy life. A life, I feel, worth living. That money will be given to WinShape - Chick-fil-A's charitable arm - and then it will be given to places like Focus On the Family - who believes in electroshock therapy to make LGBT individuals "heterosexual" and Family Research Center who believes being gay should be against the law and punishable by it. Chick-fil-A knows that these organizations do this. They donated more than a million dollars in order to pass Proposition 8 in California in order to void over a thousand marriages of loving-caring people. Your money, will go to doing the same thing down the line.
With a presidential candidate like Mitt Romney, who sent out an email stating he will make it a fundamental goal to add a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage on a federal level, you've made me inferior because more than likely, your backing of Chick-fil-A and the fact Mitt praises them, will meet up down the road and funnel right into Romney's pocket. Perhaps placing him in a position where his religious beliefs will be attempted to be made into law and a constitutional amendment will be written to make me, being myself, the way I was born, just like you, an "equal" American, to be illegal. My rights, my equal rights, my birth rights, are now in jeopardy of being swept from underneath my feet. It scares me. I am American. I am no different than you. I grew up with people like you, children like yours, families like yours. And, now you've made it clear how despicable I am to you. I'm sorry that you don't accept me, but in the end you don't have to. But, we should follow our Constitution, and that is being ignored. Equality is being ignored. And, you are supporting a company whose gone from believing to acting, and there lies the problem. I hope this is me over-reacting. However, I'd rather over-react than under react. I hope your money doesn't go to making me and my love illegal. But, I do now understand how you feel and view me. And, I'm sorry that you do. But, people like me have been around for thousands of years and will be here for thousands more. Hopefully, one day we can stand a Americans again and perhaps as simply human someday. That day will be beautiful, hopefully it dawns on us soon.