It's a controversy about much more than fried chicken.
Supporters of the restaurant Chick-fil-A converged yesterday on the fast food franchise's locations across the country, including one on Costco Drive in Robinson, to show support of the Georgia-based company amid recent controversy regarding its stance on LGBT rights.
Chick-fil-A drew criticism last month after its president said he and the company stand against gay marriage. The restaurant franchise has also made several high-price donations to organizatons that oppose same-sex marriage, such as the Marriage & Family Foundation.
The debate on the chicken eatery was sparked after the company's president and COO Dan Cathy shared his thoughts on same-sex marriage in an interview with the Baptist Press.
"We are very much supportive of the family in the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that."
On Friday, the gay-rights group GLAAD will host counter protests at the chain, calling the effort "National Same-Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A." Gay rights activists are asking supporters to boycott Chick-fil-A and dine at competitiors, such as KFC, in light of restaurant's stance.
In addition to the Costco Drive location, Chick-fil-A operates another franchise inside the Mall at Robinson food court.
The back-and-forth has raised a number of questions. Should fast food franchises wade into social and political issues? Is it fair to boycott a business for comments made by a national corporate leader?
Where do you stand in the argument? Will you stop eating at Chick-fil-A in Robinson? Or do you stand behind the company's comments on same-sex marriage? Is the debate relevant to you? Share your thoughts in the comments.