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Protestors Stage Kiss-In at Cuyahoga Falls Chick-Fil-A

Gay rights advocacy group GetEQUAL kiss, picket to protest Dan Cathy's stance on gay marriage.

About 50 gay rights advocates picketed at the Friday night to protest the

The group, organized by members of gay rights advocacy group GetEqual, picketed and same-sex couples kissed in front of the restaurant.

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"We all know that Dan Cathy has a right to his personal beliefs and he has a right to support anti-gay organizations that seek to keep our community from getting full equality under the law, but we also have the right to protest," said Liberty Manos, who organized the local event with her partner Shannon Glatz.

The local event was one of many across the country as part of National Same-Sex Kissing Day at Chick-Fil-A, a response to

"We were there just to stand together and say that this kind of discrimination is not going to go unnoticed," she added.

Manos said the event went smoothly, though some drivers passing by shouted obscenities and a few customers were a little "combative."

The national event was scheduled for 8 p.m., but the Cuyahoga Falls protest ran from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Other Chick-Fil-As in the area were not as active. No one protested at the Beachwood Place Mall between 7 and 8:30 p.m., though an employee said he had seen a few couples kiss in protest, without incident, during his shift that day.

No one was spotted when local editors checked the Fairlawn, Strongsville and Mentor locations around lunchtime.

Locally, Friday's protest paled in comparison to the number of customers who patronized restaurants Wednesday in support of the company.

Area Patch sites have been buzzing about the controversy:

Richard Ian Tracy August 05, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Earl, you'd be angry, too, if you paid the same taxes as the majority but were a second-class citizen with fewer rights & privileges. DAMN RIGHT, I'M ANGRY. I am not a second-class citizen.
Richard Ian Tracy August 05, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Being gay just *is* ... it's not a "lifestyle". Gay people's "lifestyles" are as varied as any other group in society. Do you harp on about "the black lifestyle" or the "tall lifestyle"? As for "promoting", no one needs to "promote" gayness. Again -- it just *is*. It's a facet of nature and will continue no matter what you do. Your child is gay or not -- nothing you do will change that -- you might psychologically damage or shame your child but if he or she is gay then that's the just way it is. And if you convince them to pretend to be straight, all you're really doing is ruining not only his or her life but the life of his or her eventual wife or husband (ie, married to a gay person pretending to be straight). How does that help anyone or benefit society? Finally, TOM -- you really need to get some new material or just shut the frack up. "Marrying your dog", "promoting", "the gay lifestyle", etc ... this is not the 1970s. Society has moved on. Please catch up. And if you want to try to be funny or clever, at least come up with something new & actually amusing.
Tom O'Connor August 05, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Wow Either the spiteful, hateful, vindictive comments of the left were expunged (once again, as they cannot engage in logical debate and resort to ad hominem attack) or I've left my audience speechlesss. Sorry, Patch!
Dan Marol August 05, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Like I said, Tom, you and people like you are on the wrong side of history. You can go on and on all you want. I take comfort in knowing that people like you who are intolerant of others because of their lifestyle are a dying breed. Good luck with your cause!
Richard Ian Tracy August 05, 2012 at 06:56 PM
"If the LGBT community keeps identifying itself by the act" - Which act is that? What the hell are you talking about? "[H]ow the hell are we supposed to explain all this to our six-year-olds?" - What is "all this"? You don't really explain "all this" of any relationship -- straight or gay - to a six-year-old. I certainly hope you don't talk about sex with your wife, girlfriend, mistress or [in your case] abused dog with a six-year-old child! When/if addressing questions about a same-sex couple, why not just say something like: "Bob & Michael are a couple who love each other very much and share a life just like mommie & daddy."? Not wildly difficult or complicated, is it?
Richard Ian Tracy August 05, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Draw the line at "two consenting adults". Two people of the age of consent committing to a shared life together is not a threat to anyone -- it is actually of a HUGE benefit to society. The right of civil marriage for same-sex couples *IS* going to happen -- I suggest you deal with it and catch up with the rest of the modern world. You do NOT have to like it. It does NOT have to happen in your place of "worship". It need NOT be sanctioned by the imaginary deity of your choice. All of that is just fine! But as far as civil law, taxation, benefits, rights & privileges go, I assure you, again, that legal marriage rights for all adult couples will become law. [NOTE: I really hate the term "gay marriage". It's not a gay marriage -- it's a marriage. I won't "gay marry" any more than I "gay park my car" or "gay clean the house".]
Richard Ian Tracy August 05, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Tom -- Most people can't be bothered to 'debate' someone going on about marrying his dog! You failed to realise you lost the debate when you went down that road. Also, most people probably don't have time to comment on Patch 24/7 -- I have to do my "gay chores", wash my "gay dishes", do my "gay laundry" and watch my "gay Netflix" -- not to mention the heap of "gay kale" I need to wash & shred.
Tom O'Connor August 05, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Richard, Do you have a reading disability? Again, the LGBTs forced the issue by adopting the connotative word "GAY", which forces the question, what does gay mean? which forces the question, "Shouldn't ALL people be happy?" which forces the question, "What makes a person "gay" as opposed to a person who is simply happy?" which then forces a whole can of worms that I simply don't want to get into with a six year old. Obviously you don't have kids and don't know how inquisitive they can be. If you want to send me a link on how to explain same-sex marriage to my kids, great. I'd be glad to read it after you read the multitude of literature that has been written as to why this issue is tearing apart the very fabric of American society!
Tom O'Connor August 05, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Great, Richard, Then tell me when polygamy, inter-sibling, and inter-species marriage will become law (with the approval of the so-tolerant left and their well-funded media, of course) and we can have a drink the achievement of our great society. Again, I question you r reading skills. Never in my posts did I use the term "Gay Marriage". Again I say, that word has been stolen from the English language and is now a leftist label and taboo to everyone else!!! Man + Dog
Richard Ian Tracy August 05, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Tom, call me a homosexual if you like -- that is fine. "Gay" is the term that evolved into our modern dialect. I'm sorry if you'd have preferred "faggot" or "dyke". It is not my responsibility and is not remotely relevant to anything being discussed here. You are wasting my time and going off on wild, unimportant tangents about words & etymology -- and I don't doubt one bit that it is intentional. Why "gay"? It's not for me to say. Black people are not "black" -- they are brown. Would you like to shove that distraction into this debate as well?
Tom O'Connor August 05, 2012 at 07:45 PM
"Most people can't be bothered to 'debate' someone going on about marrying his dog! " Again Richard, another poster revealing his ignorance and intolerance of an alternative lifestyle.
Richard Ian Tracy August 05, 2012 at 07:46 PM
" ... tearing apart the very fabric of American society!" I BLAME THE WELSH! It makes about as much sense as anything YOU are saying at this point. Society evolves & changes. Always has. If it did not, people like you would still be burning "witches", hanging innocent black men from trees and keeping women "in the kitchen where they belong". If nations don't evolve & adjust, they fall. You see yourself as wildly clever -- get yourself a history book or a political science book and see for yourself.
Tom O'Connor August 05, 2012 at 07:52 PM
This all goes back to the original poster TB who pointed out the legalities of redefining marriage. No one has yet to offer a cogent argument as to why marrying my dog is any less legitimate in legal terms than marrying another man. Again, before you let the BIGOT label fly, think about it.
Tom O'Connor August 05, 2012 at 08:00 PM
And Richard, get a smartphone. With push notifications I can respond while doing my hetero-laundry, paying my hetero-bills, watching straight porn, and walking my currently virginal dog (since society won't let us consummate our union as you intolerant bigots won't validate it).
Richard Ian Tracy August 05, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Non-humans cannot enter into legal contracts -- marriages included. That is why marrying your dog is less legitimate in legal terms than marrying another man. Marriages under civil law and biblical law have been "redefined" and have evolved many times throughout history and including America -- I encourage you to re-read my posts and see the links I've already suggested on that precise issue.
Richard Ian Tracy August 05, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Honestly, I cannot afford a SmartPhone. I don't get the straight people marriage benefits & tax breaks you do.
James Murphy August 05, 2012 at 08:50 PM
jean your point is one of the few that makes any sense
Alex White August 05, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Classic narassistic tendencies with a pinch of melodrama-- or, as The Magnificent Madame M might shrill-- "Drama Queen!" Just move to West Hollywood...nobody will even notice. It's sunny, permissive, not staunchly-dreary Ohio, and you'll just be. "Never say never." Reductio ad dog-absurdum was rather clever; much more interesting than the other angst-- a hijack like no other. Although, in all fairness, you weren't bad either-- classic in fact. That being said, gotta run and do my not-gay shopping before my gay and not-gay friends arrive at my not-completely-gay, non-denominational, agnostic, atheist Sunday barbecue, On the menu-- eunuch short ribs, a celibate garden salad, asexual corn-on-the-cob, all washed down with icy cold Macho Man IPA's-- 6.2%-- and perhaps a few Cabana Boy Rum Sunsets. Later, instead of using the vomitorium to make our escape from this Theater of the Absurd, or relaxing in the steamy comfort and dark anonymity of The Baths, we're going to instead watch Curiosity descend onto the Mars' surface in search of not-gay or gay life-- perhaps both-- or, at the least, evidence of such. (Humorless people need not reply)
Tom O'Connor August 05, 2012 at 09:22 PM
At the risk of garnering the label BIGOT, blacks at one point were prohibited from entering into contracts; for the past 150 years or so it's been no problem. Does that mean there is still hope for me and my dog? If you ask me "how can you compare human rights to dog rights?" then take it up with Sarah McLaughlin, et al. Did you read my post addressing the B in LGBT? BI means TWO, right? Don't these folks have marriage rights as well?
Nikki Ferrell August 05, 2012 at 09:23 PM
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Tom O'Connor August 05, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Richard, under current tax law, unless as a couple you have a child tax credit, there are no tax benefits; in fact, married couples who file jointly above a certain income bracket may lose more money than otherwise. Also, my employer recently revoked the full reimbursement for the family plan option as they found out my wife took a buyout from her job's health plan. I have no doubt the cause is a combination of increased same-sex health plans and Obamacare. Thank you all so much!
Tom O'Connor August 05, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Richard, I'm sorry if you read something hateful in my posts. Actually, I'm not, because nothing hateful was intended. I have no hate in my heart. There are obviously some here that do, as evident by the post deletions of yesterday (notice none of mine have been deleted). i am actually a very amiable, non-intrusive person, and really do not necessarily object to SSM. All I'm saying is, be prepared for some resistance, and if you keep resorting to ad hominem attacks (BIGOT, et al) you will get nowhere. My intention was to play devil's advocate here, nothing more. It's obvious that the LGBT community needs to hone its message (and maybe grow up a little) before it realizes its full potential. By the way, when it has achieved normalcy, what then?
Tom O'Connor August 05, 2012 at 11:13 PM
OK Dan, that's great. but are you going to reply or even acknowledge anything in the posting to which you are replying? You say I am "on the wrong side of history". What the hell does that mean? Are you really going to bring up the psychotic Roman emperor Nero's marriage to a slave? What the hell do you mean? Are you going to respond to my claim of hypocrisy at all? Will you at least address the fallacy that you claim exists in my argument? Or will you follow suit with the others and simply label me intolerant and a dying breed?
Earl Elevant August 05, 2012 at 11:47 PM
You have no fewer privileges. A heterosexual man cannot marry another man. A homosexual man cannot marry another man. See, we have the same rights.
Richard Ian Tracy August 05, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Thank you, Bubba Earl. Is that from the Book of Beavis or the Book of Butthead?
Dan Marol August 06, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Tom, your post doesn't make much sense, so there's not much to say. You say that I am hoping that you will just stop your ranting and go away. I say don't go....you're actually helping the cause, but not in the way you assume. You bring up the managers offering free water to the protesters.....ok, and??? What the hell are you talking about? If you don't know what it means to be on the wrong side of history, I will have to explain. Society is progressing whether you like it or not. SSM is going to happen eventually nation-wide, and you will lose your battle....that's what it means. The younger generations are more and more progressive in their beliefs with regards to SSM, so your generation and its outdated beliefs are dying off. Get it? Bottom line: SSM does not affect my marriage with my wife. I don't know why it affects yours!
Earl Elevant August 06, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Sorry Tracy. It's just the way the law is written. It's fact.
Tom O'Connor August 06, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Here are some links Dan: http://m.yahoo.com/w/legobpengine/news/blogs/lookout/chick-fil-kiss-164759658.html?orig_host_hdr=news.yahoo.com&.intl=US&.lang=en-US http://www.roanoke.com/news/breaking/wb/312377 Today's self-titled progressives are on the wrong side of history Dan. In every protest, they always come out looking foolish. All of their grand plans for a great society bring everyone to ruin. And, they always blatantly ignore their own hypocrisy, and insist their way is the only way.
John H. August 06, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Honestly, If you are that concerned about somebody else's (esp. a stranger) marriage or relationship or life, that gives the rest of us an idea on how bad your life is. It truly speaks to your own jealousy and/or insecurity. People who are happy with what they have don't feel the need to point out other people in that fashion.
Linda Muller August 07, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Asking the president of Chick-Fil-A or anyone else to give someone equal rights implies they are theirs to give. Everyone needs to stop trying to deny others the rights they deserve!

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