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Protest at New Chick-Fil-A in San Jose ... Will That Happen in Novato?

LGBT community sets rally at San Jose fast food restaurant that sparked a gay marriage controversy a few weeks ago.

OK, it looks like we have about a year to brace for this, Novato.

More than a month after a national fast food company's president spoke out against gay marriage, LGBT supporters are heading a rally at the opening of a San Jose Chick-fil-A Thursday afternoon. The location at 53 Headquarters Drive will be the second chicken sandwich restaurant in the Bay Area once it opens Thursday morning.

A third location in Novato is also in the works, according to Marin County records, but it will be more than a year before it opens at the site of a ., according to a story in the .

Until Thursday's San Jose opening, the only other Chick-fil-A in the area is in Fairfield, the site of long lines earlier this month when restaurant supporters participated in "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," which was countered by protesters a few days later by "Same-Sex Kiss Day." Same-sex couples called for a kiss-in in front of restaurant storefronts.

Same-sex marriage supporters rallied against the company after president Dan Cathy said in a July 16 interview, "We are very much supportive  of the family — 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."

Continuing to use the restaurant as a platform for social rights discourse, the LGBT community will gather in front of the San Jose restaurant at 4 p.m. Thursday, Marriage Equality USA's Bay Area spokesman Billy Bradford said.

"This is about our relationships, it's about our families, it's about treating everybody equally," Bradford said.

Armed with signs and music, Bradford said the rally is not intended to dissuade chicken sandwich-seeking customers but to educate the San Jose community about supporting equal rights.

Bradford said LGBT-rights supporters will head to another Bay Area Chick-fil-A opening in Walnut Creek on Oct. 11. The location is set to open at 2750 N. Main St., and coincides with National Coming Out Day, which celebrates the gay community.

"We're going to say 'Welcome to the Bay Area,'" Bradford said.

There are plans to open other locations of the chicken eatery elsewhere in the Bay Area. A Carl's Jr. restaurant in Novato at 35 Rowland Way filed a change of deed document last month to Chick-fil-A Inc., according to county records. As of July 25, Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A bought the property for $2.7 million, Marin County appraiser Nader Amirhosseini said.

Information about a possible opening date from the Burlingame-based Terranomics Retail Services, where a receptionist said they are managing the sale of the Novato Chick-fil-A, was not immediately available.

— Bay City News Service

Andrew R August 23, 2012 at 05:21 PM
I'd prefer a Boston Market
Brent Ainsworth (Editor) August 23, 2012 at 11:33 PM
I haven't heard anybody mention Boston Market in 10 years, but I had a good experience at one back then.
Billy Bradford August 24, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Yes, we will come to Novato when Chick-Fil-A opens. It's not what Dan Cathy says (although we disagree with him) but what he does with his millions that bothers gay families. He supports and finances anti-gay hate groups and we will not be silent about that.
Steven Norwin August 24, 2012 at 08:55 PM
I can't wait for the novato location to open. Their food is great and my wife loves their salads!
Billy Bradford August 24, 2012 at 09:31 PM
I personally will not, but yesterday those patrons were certainly saying some painful things to me. Interestingly people with gay relatives or friends tend to support us, because they understand the pain of being told 'there is something wrong with you.' But my fight is not with the people who eat at CFA (although I wish they would not) but rather with the owner. We are not "shaking our fists at God" we are simply demanding to be treated equally. See you there!
Max G August 26, 2012 at 11:50 PM
The CFA protest was not over the 1st amendment right. Any idiot can say whatever stupid, false things they want. We protested CFA is because they donate millions of dollars to anti-gay organizations who do things such as "pray the gay away". Saying "biblical marriage" or "traditional marriage",is historically inaccurate. The bible contains many different forms of marriage throughout it. Marriage being between "one man and one woman" is a new idea in the history of humanity. I was raised Christian and I know the principles of the bible. You people should be ashamed of yourselves for making the Christian religion look bad, being hateful, taking away the rights of others, and twisting the bible's words. Who are you to speak on behalf of your god and make judgements for him? Also, separation of church and state. Your religious beliefs have no place in the court of law. Your BELIEFS are not a legitimate reason to deny others their civil rights. The bible has historically been used for power and control such as mass genocide (crusades), the kidnapping and enslavement of other races (slavery), the murdering of a minority group (LGBT), and the denial of civil rights to a minority group (women's suffrage rights, interracial marriage, and of course gay marriage). http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120727154313/wikiality/images/thumb/1/12/Traditional_marriage_bible.jpg/800px-Traditional_marriage_bible.jpg http://wordofawoman.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/traditional-marriage.jpg
Steven Norwin August 27, 2012 at 01:11 AM
I support Chick-Fil-A. Put that in your pipe and smoke it!
Billy Bradford August 27, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Good for you Steven, but I don't smoke.
DavethePragmatist August 27, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Thank you Billy and Thank you Max for showing that one intent of a positive religiouis social organization was to open its arms to all. Unfortunately, there are way too many people that use religion to denegrate others. I don't think that Jesus had that in mind and it is too bad that his modern followers have forgotten the core message of helping ones fellow citizens. These folks also forget one of the main passages of our own Constitution - that about supporting the General Welfare of the country.

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