This caused a boycott of his restaurants by people seeking equality in marriage. The boycott in turn caused a "Chick Fil A Appreciation Day," headed up by Mike Huckabee. This "buy-cott" was held on August 1.
Unfortunately, Milwaukee County Supervisor Deanna Alexander chose to support Mr. Cathy's homophobia and bigotry by participating in this event:
When contacted about this, Supervisor Alexander responded:
First, it is unfortunate that many individuals that supported Chick fil a appreciation day made it solely about traditional marriage, and that much of the media reported it as being a negative event.The excuse that Alexander offers is one which came up as an afterthought in order to defer any backlash against the supporters of Cathy's narrow-minded and bigoted stance.
I join the ACLU in being appalled that some government officials are seeking to prevent the lawful operation of businesses, like Chick fil a, based solely on the religious beliefs of the owner, in the absence of any evidence of actual discrimination. I have close ties to the LGBT community and have not done anything hateful. I have read one of S. Truett Cathy’s books describing the Christian foundation that Chick fil a is based on, I respect Chick fil a’s business practices, and I attended this event to support Dan Cathy’s right to free speech. Had government officials treated Amazon, Target, or Starbucks the same way based solely on owners’ or management’s free speech support for gay marriage, I would have been happy to attend a similar BUY-cott.
The original purpose of the event was very clear, as Huckabee wrote on the Facebook page promoting the event:
“Let’s affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick Fil-A on Wednesday, August 1.”From Huckabee's statement, it's very clear that the event wasn't an issue of Free Speech but a show of support for Cathy's anti-homosexual agenda.
Huckabee continued: “Too often, those on the left make corporate statements to show support for same sex marriage, abortion, or profanity, but if Christians affirm traditional values, we’re considered homophobic, fundamentalists, hate-mongers, and intolerant.”
Further confirming this fact, Fair Wisconsin Executive Director Katie Belanger made the following statement regarding the event:
"Millions of dollars in Chick-fil-A profits have been contributed to organizations that work to perpetuate the second class status of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people worldwide. This money comes from customers who eat at Chick-fil-A restaurants. It's important for people to know that when they support businesses like Chick-fil-A, they are also supporting these organizations."Even if one were to give Supervisor Alexander the benefit of the doubt and take her rationale at face value, she should still have been very conscious of the message she was sending, whether it was intentional or not. She is an elected representative of Milwaukee County and this was entirely the wrong message for her to be sending.
She should also recall that it took an overly long amount of time for Milwaukee County to catch up to much of the rest of the county in just establishing domestic partner benefits.
Her attendance at this event is a slap in the face of not only the LGBT community, but is also an insult to her constituents, county employees, County Executive Chris Abele and her colleagues on the Milwaukee County Board.
Supervisor Alexander needs to make a public apology to the citizens and workers of Milwaukee County, especially to those in the LGBT community, for her inappropriate display of bigotry.
Cross posted from Milwaukee County First