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Chick-fil-A: What It’s Really About

Greg RikaartPost submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

Actor Greg Rikaart, who stars on “The Young and the Restless,” ran an op-ed in the Huffington Post that puts the focus of the Chick-fil-A controversy back on what the debate is really about: the anti-LGBT organizations that Chick-fil-A is funding, and what they say about LGBT people.

Check out an excerpt from Rikaart’s piece:

The media blitz surrounding Chick-fil-A isn't about chicken sandwiches or Dan Cathy's First Amendment right to speak his mind. Mr. Cathy's company has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to organizations like the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which publicly denounces the "impure lifestyle" of the LGBT community.

Furthermore, this company donated money to the Family Research Council, which supports the criminalization of homosexuality and states on their website that they oppose efforts for homosexuals to have equal rights. Can you even imagine -- your neighbor, your friend, your sibling or your child being criminalized for being who they are?

… I was having a conversation with some friends last night and someone said "What's the end game on this Chick-fil-A issue?" My hope is that with all the media attention surrounding the issue, Dan Cathy would be open to taking a meeting with my friends Eliza Byard of GLSEN and Chad Griffin of the HRC. Maybe he can walk away from that with a better understanding of why his actions are so hurtful to the LGBT community, particularly the youngest and most vulnerable members of it, and maybe he will think twice about where his tax-deductible donations go.

Read the full piece. You also can tweet your thanks to Greg for speaking up at @gregrikaart.

If you haven’t already, read the business case for why being anti-equality is bad for business, and learn more about the companies Chick-fil-A is donating to.

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