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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- If it took longer to get your chicken sandwich today, you're not alone.

Recent comments against gay marriage by the president of Chick-Fil-A ruffled some feathers. But today, the restaurant chain saw huge business.

For weeks a dark cloud has hung over Chick-Fil-A after their president said he was guilty as charged for backing the biblical definition of a family

Neither that statement nor the early morning rain could stop many in the Port City from lining up to show their support for Chick-Fil-A.

"Mr. Cathy spoke his personal opinion, and he has a right to do that, and we stand behind his right to do it, and we do agree with him that we support traditional marriage," customer Lynn Bullock said as he and his wife visited the Chick-Fil-A in Monkey Junction. "We have been married for 46 years."

"It just goes to show how people in America are supporting what they are doing," customer R.C. Bottles said.

Some even used the event proclaimed as Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day by former presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee as an opportunity to teach their beliefs of right and wrong.

"We had a discussion on the way out here on why we were coming to Chick-Fil-A, and it was that the man Dan Cathy... supports Christian values, and one way we can support him is with our dollar," said Kristine Thompson, who dined at Chick-Fil-A with her children.

But members of Wilmington's gay community say all of this clucking is wrong.

"For any one from the LGBT community, it would be hard for us to go out and spend money with a corporation is donating that money to organizations that promote hate," Wilmington Pride's Ryan Burris said.

Opponents of Chick-Fil-A's stance on gay marriage have planned protests at restaurants across the country later this week, including Kiss-Ins at the restaurants.

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Well

Knowing that you did not ask your questions in earnest or sincerety, but only asked them intending to embarrass and belittle Christians, I will nevertheless provide a brief response to your query.

The Torah is the Jewish name for the first five books of the Jewish Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The Books of Leviticus and Exodus, which you quote so liberally in your post, are instruction books, or rule books, given to the high priests to be handed down to the Hebrew people. These rule books weren't meant for the Gentiles (non-Hebrews or unbelievers); they were meant for the Hebrew nation.

I can tell from your post that you pride yourself on your great knowledge of The Bible. It's a shame you don't have a real meaning of it also. That's somethig only God Himself can give, and He obviously chose, in His own infinite wisdom, not to enlighten you.

I did not ask those

I did not ask those questions in order to belittle and embarrass all Christians, as I myself am a Christian and have read the Bible cover to cover several times in order to further my understanding of my faith. I asked the questions in order to show the ridiculous nature of using one verse from the Bible, especially the Old Testament, to condemn anyone or anything--because, as you said, the Old Testament was written as a Hebrew spiritual text and, as Jesus said, he "fulfilled" the old laws, meaning they no longer are necessary to obtain forgiveness for our sins.

I asked the questions to point out the absurdity with which people pick and choose which parts of the Bible they will adhere to--or use as ammunition against those with whom they disagree--, when the greatest verses on how to live your life as a Christian come from Jesus' mouth:

Matthew 22:36: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.”

Many Christians--and thankfully not ALL Christians--have done a whole lot in the name of Leviticus 18:22 in recent years, but this vocal minority of Christians fail to uphold the greatest of Jesus' commandments: love your neighbor as yourself.

I can tell by your post that you make far reaching and baseless assumptions about people, which is unfortunate, and you base these assumptions on whether or not the person posting has the same views of the world as you. If I were to read the Bible and provide a different interpretation from you, I can no doubt assume from your post that you think my interpretation is not coming from the spirit of God, but who are you to claim enlightenment or to cast judgement? Am I to assume that you have the audacity to believe that you have been given "real meaning" of scripture, and then the authority with which to strike down others as well?

As you claim, the Old Testament laws have little bearing on my life as a Gentile--although there IS much debate about this, as Romans 11 makes the claim that Gentile believers, as "wild olive shoots" have been "grafted in among" the Hebrews--, and so therefore I live my life according to the commandments of Jesus. I also find little value in the words of Paul, who Christians quote and adhere to more than the words of Christ, who gave them his name.

You have made the cardinal error--as many on this thread have also done--of assuming that all Christians see the world exactly in the same myopic way. You have made the assumption that your world view is the only one, and anyone who agrees with you must not be touched by the spirit of the Lord. If we are to discuss a post for its level of pride, I think we need look no further than to a man who claims he has the mouth of God whispering solely in his own ear, and who jumps so quickly to condemn and belittle others.

I'm so glad

I’m so glad you clarified that you’re a Christian. By reading just your original post, I never would have drawn that conclusion. It certainly didn’t sound like it came from a Christian.

When you said in your recent post, “the Old Testament was…no longer necessary to obtain forgiveness for our sins”, does that mean we need to disregard The Ten Commandments because they are part of the “old laws”? Should we forget about helping widows and children when they lose a husband or a father?

I agree with you that “people pick and choose which parts of the Bible they will adhere to--or use as ammunition against those with whom they disagree”, but please also understand that is done by both Christians AND non-Christians. You make it sound as if Christians are the only ones that pick and choose verses.

When Jesus said, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself”, he was talking about spiritual love. Unfortunately, a great many these days interpret “love” to be either physical in nature, or an unnatural love. Either one is not what Jesus was talking about, as you well know. You can love your neighbor and still not agree with their lifestyle.

You assume many unfounded and unknowledgeable “facts” about me and my faith that amounts to bearing false witness against your neighbor. I make no assumptions about people based strictly on whether or not they have the same view of world that I do. I would never claim that I have been given the “real meaning” of scripture. I leave that to the Jim Jones’ of the world. I’m not trying to interpret anything. I’m taking God at his simple word when he said that homosexuality is an abomination to Him. That seems pretty clear to me. How can I misinterpret that? Aren’t you trying to claim that which you attack me for? That your interpretation of God’s Word is better than mine? After all, you did brag that you’ve read the Bible cover to cover on several occasions. In fact, and not to brag, so have I.

I’m amazed that, as a Christian, you “find little value in the words of Paul”. I certainly don’t quote and adhere more to the words of Paul than the words of Christ, but Paul is nonetheless a saint and was an invaluable witness for Christ.

I have never assumed that ANY Christian sees the world exactly in the same way I do. I have never made the assumption that my world view is the only one, and that anyone who disagrees with me must not be touched by the Spirit of the Lord. That, again, is an assumption of your own, having never met me or knowing anything about me. Again, bearing false witness against your neighbor. I am not jumping to condemn and belittle others, although you seem to have taken particular delight in that yourself. I do condemn and belittle the sin, but not the sinner. That’s for God to judge, not me.

From your original post, you

From your original post, you were condemning me for reading the Bible but not possessing understanding, and belittled me by claiming that God had obviously not chosen to bestow meaning upon me. Am I not to assume that means that you believe you have been given some kind of meaning from God? Even though you claim that you have not...

I believe Jesus' teachings and his commandments are, as even he himself stated, all encompassing of what is important from the Old Testament. How can I possibly love God and have other gods before him or forsake the sabbath day or put a graven image before him or use his name in vain? How can I possibly love my neighbor and steal from them, or covet their things, or bear false witness, or kill them, or sleep with their wives, dishonor my parents, Would not I be loving my neighbor if I cared for the sick, the elderly, the widowed, the children? He said "what you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me", which I assume means if I give my life in service to those in need, I am, in fact, fulfilling Christ's commands and being a Christian.

Just as you assumed many things about me, I apologize if my assumptions about you were inaccurate. But that is how you presented yourself, as one who had special knowledge of the Bible that you could use to belittle or put down others. It is not bearing false witness to point out how one is perceived. This is obviously the internet, and your tone can not be sussed out 100%, but you made it very clear that you were being disdainful or looking down on me, and you've done it in other places to other people who have quoted the Bible. I was not bragging when I said I had read the Bible, that is a fact, and from my reading of the Bible I have gained much information which has informed my faith. I never once stated that you hadn't read the Bible or didn't know what you were talking about, just that my interpretation of scripture and yours obviously differ. Unless you are to claim that you have THE interpretation, which I have never claimed, then it seems as if you have assumed wrongly about me.

I am always interested in having a conversation about scripture with those who also know the scripture. I will be interested to see, in thirty years or so, how this all looks differently. The Bible has often been used by those who claim absolute moral authority to condemn and separate mankind. It was used as a justification for slavery; for Jim Crow; for laws against interracial marriage; for keeping women out of the work force or prevent them from voting; and now for keeping two people who want to express their love to one another (not their disgusting lust, their love) from being married. Obviously the Christian church is not one on their interpretation of gay marriage--as the Episcopalian and Methodist churches have shown--just as the churches were not one on the issues surrounding African-Americans and women or even prohibition.

You are obviously on the wrong side of history as far as the laws of our country are concerned--gay marriage will be universal eventually, and gays will be equal citizens under the law. Whether or not you are on the wrong side of the Bible and what many Christians will believe in the future is yet to be seen....obviously "Christian beliefs" are not 100% and "universal" interpretation of the Bible does change. Even the Catholic church accepts Evolution these days, for instance.

I've enjoyed the exchange, Reality, but let us both not work to assume in the future.

Thank you.

Thank you Guess Again for your enlightened eloquent words. Christians need to obey the commandments of Jesus, and cease the need to interpret scripture out of context of an out of date testament to validate their personal thoughts, and say it's God's word. The point is be a Christian, Serve your God. Keep it out of political theatre. This is the reason for separation of church and state. Christians feel that their religion is the end all be all, and no other religion should be accepted in American culture. Thing is this country was founded on the principle that anyone can practice their religion of choice without persecution. That holds true today... that's why there isn't prayer in school... why would christians even want that? because when you invite that your inviting opportunities for other religions to practice their prayers and meditation as well. Which I'm sure would cause an uproar when the little Muslim girl or boy pulls out there rug and gets on there knees to pray to Mecca right in front of your christian boy and girl... it's madness you have to separate the two. The problem is individuals such in positions of power are introducing bills which are becoming laws directly influenced by the Christian church. What happens when another religion starts introducing bills in favor of their teachings.... this is a very dangerous game. If I were a religious leader I would ask that we focus on our religion, and the principles, and beliefs and keep it to that.

Lastly, Homosexuals aren't going anywhere they have existed even before human race. There are at least 150 know species which demonstrate homosexual behavior. It's time for us to move pass all of the hatred, and back talk and accept the fact that some people are attracted to the same sex... point blank. Right/Wrong/ or indifferent it's not going to change anything. It's not going to change your marriage or mine. I'm married to a lovely lady I love dearly. I was brought up to find homosexual people disgusting and vile, but you know what I grew up and formed my own opinion, and that is simply hatred towards how a certain person chooses to live their life is wrong. As long as they are productive citizens in society let them be happy. We only get one trip on the big rock, and if that's how they want to live it so be it.

So when is it okay to pick

So when is it okay to pick what part of the Bible to quote??? after that its says nations should not mix nore religions.... oh lets go back 50 years and tell whites and blacks they cant marry....

First

I find it odd that a group wanting tolerance...is BEING intolerant... This WHOLE thing was about FREEDOM OF SPEECH...PERIOD! It should have come as NO SURPRISE that a CHRISTIAN based company stands for the biblical definition of marriage. I think Mr Burris is grandstanding here in saying that Chick-fil-a supports HATE...just like it would be ridiculous for me to say Target supports Christian HATE because they support things against Christian beliefs...I stand behind what I did today...bought food for the entire office from Chick-fil-a for breakfast AND lunch..and am picking up dinner for my family, where it's a good time to explain WHY we are eating the food.

Chick Fil a

It's not a gay/straight issue, it's a freedom of speech issue.

Chickens will come home to roost

The chickens will come home to roost for the mayors of San FranSICKO , Philadelphia , DC and Boston and the LGBT community for attacking a Christian company finally taking a stand against these liberals.The "in your face" push promoted by these people goes against free speech, Christian values and capitalism by squelching the business' expansion of these franchises in the above named cities. Including the gay issue in the Democratic platform , will make many undecisive people vote against the Socialist in the White House , who supports the LGBT community. The LAMESTREAM Media will most likely dismiss this day as bunch of Tea Baggers eating breakfast , lunch , and dinner. This ongoing assault on American companies from " You didn't build it" to " we are going to shut you down because we disagree with your viewpoint " is not going to pay your group any political dividends. The political rock star , Obama and the liberals are fading fast with their reckless agenda. The notion if you are against gay marriage , you are a bigot and if you are against Obama , you are a racist , is growing tiresome. America has seen the face of Socialism and the degradation of our society. They are not impressed. Amendment One lost by a 60/40 margin in N.C and hopefully this will be the margin Obama loses by in N.C. With the Catholic Church finally standing up to the Socialist on abortion and the rest of the Christian community rallying against social issues , we are ready for the fight!

How about a statement from our liberal , tax and spend Mayor , Billy " Play Ball" Saffo ?

don't understand

Ok, I don't understand why when someone speaks their mind and disagrees with the (left) right away they are WRONG. Mr. Cathy didn't say they wouldn't hire a gay person (that would have been wrong) he just said that was his Christian beliefs on marriage. Right away he is wrong and they want to boycott... Doesn't he have the right under the first ammendment.. just like they do? How many places close down on Sunday? UM !! I can't think of anyone else but Chick-Fil-A..

the bank

The bank closes on Sunday. Mine is open on Saturday...

This whole thing was blown out of context by both sides. No matter which way I feel about the issue, the only thing done wrong was both sides thinking there was more to this statement then was actually said. He is among many to have a stance and an opinion and his company doesn't discriminate so there was no wrong doing. It may hav been better said in private but regardless, people are entitled to an opinion.

Of course he has the right

Of course he has the right to say whatever he wants under the First Amendment, just as anyone who says he is "wrong" is also expressing their right to free speech. However, suggesting that those who say he is wrong are wrong to say it would be a suppression of that right.

You have the right to express yourself by eating Chick-Fil-A all you please, just as people have the right to protest against Chick-Fil-A--protest also being a right housed in the wonderful First Amendment.

Say what you will, and say it freely. But having a right doesn't free you from consequences, and Mr. Cathy is feeling some of those consequences as others use their right to free speech and protest against him and his company. Isn't America beautiful?

It's not about freedom of speech...

For me, being a "normal" (whatever that means), heterosexual, married, christian female, it was not about what Mr. Cathy said or even that he said it, but rather it is about what he does with the money that I spend at his establishment. He is granted under our wonderfully crafted constitution the freedom of speech as we all are. It was also not a surprise to me (or anyone else I'm sure) that he believes in the biblical definition of marriage. It is no secret that Chick-fil-a is a Christian centered company, again no problem with that either. But to go beyond that and donate money, my money, to organizations that teach, justify and encourage intolerance, bigotry and ignorance (such as pray away the gay) is where I draw the line. That is in direct conflict with my core beliefs of love, tolerance and acceptance of all. Just as Mr. Cathy has the right to speak his mind and spend the money tolerant open-minded patrons give to his business I have the right to spend my money elsewhere and that's what I intend to do. I know I'm in the minority but that's ok at least I'll have peace of mind and that's worth a whole lot more than a chicken sandwich.

The Bible says that

The Bible says that condoning sinful behavior is a sin, therefore Christians should not condone sinful behavior. The organizations that Chick-Fil-A donates to are Christian organizations and they support Bible-based Christian beliefs. And the Bible states clearly that homosexuality is a sin. So, as a normal, heterosexual, Christian female, I voted for the marriage amendment. I went yesterday to Chick-Fil-A to support traditional, Biblical family values. Jesus didn't preach tolerance. He abhorred sin. He loves everybody. He came to earth because of that love. The acceptance He taught was for us to accept Him. The love that he taught should extend to everyone. I believe that message and I try to live my life accordingly. But loving someone doesn't mean that I have to accept or tolerate their sinful behavior.

What Bible are you reading?

I'm just curious what Bible you are ready? Where in the Bible does it blatantly say homosexual behavior is a sin? I'm just curious because I have read the bible quite a few times, and have never stumbled upon that one. And don't give me some out of date old testament scripture to validate your claim. This is the root of the problem. Christians are waging this war on the LGBT community with really no biblical ammunition. All I hear is "Well God doesn't condone homosexuality" oh really... you must have him on speed dial please call him up so we can clear this up because the all mighty book he left down here for us to live by says nothing about that...

ummm

I think your delusional...I think ANY effect the boycott MIGHT have had...was negated ten fold in a single day. Second...those in your own community that believe Mr Cathy has a right to his opinion...are showing up tomorrow...BUYING food and kissing in the store....if the same people that showed up yesterday were to boycott all LGBT businesses in town....you would be screwed!

I am delusional that the

I am delusional that the right to protest/assemble is in the First Amendment just as the right to free speech is? Perhaps I misread the First Amendment...you may be right...

Let me check:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Nope...seems to be there. Guess I read it right. I find it interesting that in your response you assumed that I was part of the LGBT community. The LGBT community has plenty of support within the straight community. And beyond that, I didn't express support for anything other than people exercising their First Amendment rights, which I believe everyone supports, since everyone is claiming this is a First Amendment issue, not a gay/straight issue (which it is, of course).

But since we're on the topic, marriage rights are obviously a 14th Amendment issue:

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

If you're so keen on protecting the exercise of someone's rights according to the constitution, please explain how creating laws which prohibit gays and lesbians from getting married doesn't "abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens" or "deny to any person...the equal protection of the laws". If you can explain, that would be great.

Let

me explain myself...my delusional comment was aimed at your comment that Mr Cathy was somehow going to be punished...he isn't. I absolutely feel you have the right to boycott, etc. HOWEVER, the ANGER AND HATRED I see from the LGBT community because others expressed THEIR right to oppose their boycott...is SICKENING!

I do NOT have a problem with gay CIVIL UNIONS...but if you think it would be OK for a gay couple to sue a church because they won't marry you inside the church...I WILL OPPOSE YOU...that infringes on the churches rights!...Everybody wants to jump on the SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE bandwagon, even though that doesn't exist, ...but when it's in the churches favor..the same people want to overlook it! Again, I will vote FOR your right to a civil union, but I will vote AGAINST your right to force a church to marry you within its walls!

Guest 7969

Are you really that ignorant on the matter of Gay Marriage?? No one said Gay people WANTED to be married in a church. you can get married at your nearest courthouse, or at another destination i.e., beach, park, etc. the fact is now your distorting the issue by saying that the problem is christians don't want homosexuals to marry in a church...really...Also the anger, hatred you speak of is the opinion of those individuals who have been stripped of the rights. While Christians take up the mantle that Mr. Cathy was speaking his opinion as protected under the freedom of speech. These individuals have every right to voice their opinions in whatever tone they see fit.... tell me how would you feel if you loved someone and couldn't have a "marriage" as it pertains in the legal sense not the biblical sense, So they can benefit from the same rights as other legal partnerships. I would think you would feel disenfranchised, attacked, and upset.

As for the separation of church and state it is the best idea a country has ever adopted. Why would any religion want it any other way...

The whole "gays will sue to

The whole "gays will sue to be married in churches" thing is absolutely ridiculous. Churches can currently deny to marry just about anyone they want. There are many heterosexual couples who can't be married in the many Catholic churches, for instance, for many different reasons: one or the other isn't Catholic and they don't convert, they didn't take the marriage class, the priest doesn't approve of their union, etc. I mean, less than a week ago, a Baptist Church in Mississippi refused to marry two people because they were black. ( http://abcnews.go.com/US/mississippi-church-rejects-black-wedding/story?... )

Churches, while "non-profit" organizations, are still private organizations and can make a choice to pretty much do whatever they want to do within their building. As much as Christians think there is an attack on what Christians do, I don't know of any laws that currently limit your right to worship and do what you please within your own church or home--except in the case of animal or human sacrifice, etc.

Marriage, in the "gay marriage" argument, is not a religious thing. It isn't the union discussed in the Bible. Marriage is the union, under the state's laws, between two people. It's a civil, secular union. It can be performed in a court house, in your back yard, at the beach, or, if the church is willing--as MANY Christian Churches, including Episcopalians and some Methodists--in a church.

Why would a homosexual couple want to sue to get married in a church that openly condemns them? Wouldn't they want to be in a place of acceptance on the day they are professing their undying love for one another?

That fear has totally been drummed up by the conservative media, mainly talk radio and Fox news. It's a baseless fear as the Government hasn't made any laws curbing the Church from practicing the way it sees fits in the private sphere.

Unfortunately, you are very

Unfortunately, you are very correct. There is no longer free speech for Christian Conservatives. When will this nation wake up? How much freedom do American citizens have to lose before we realize we're now a socialist nation and that we need to reverse it?

No free speech for

No free speech for Christians? It must be amazing how over 70% of the country is suddenly completely silent...

Of course Christians have free speech--and let's not even get into the argument about how some Christians are using their right to freedom of speech to support the gay and lesbian community or President Obama, because when you throw out a blanket term like "Christian" you aren't just talking about the people in your denomination or in your local church....

You have freedom of speech wherever you go, but that doesn't mean there aren't consequences for exercising it.

Are you free to write on this website about your own Christian views without fear of censorship? Are you free to create a blog or write a letter to the editor or make your own newspaper where you put all of your personal beliefs about this country out for anyone to read? Is Mike Huckabee free to have his own TV show where he spouts his own personal Christian and Republican beliefs? OF COURSE, but don't expect everyone to agree with you, and don't expect everyone to silently let you say what you want to say.

Because we have the freedom of speech, you are free--just as every Christian is free--to say anything you want to say, just as anyone else is free to say that you are wrong or that your opinion is stupid or that you are a bigot. That's what freedom is.

Freedom of speech dies when you can't say what you want, when someone censors you, when you get thrown in prison for saying certain things, and that HAS happened in our country's history--those accused of being Communists or who were actual Communists were thrown in jail for voicing their political views, for instance. Last I checked, Cathy's remarks have been all over the news. Everyone has heard what he had to say. How is his freedom of speech dead?

It never ceases to amaze me

It never ceases to amaze me how some people can get so worked up over the most bizarre things.

The owner of a private company expresses an opinion to which he is entitled, never once says anything about denying service to anyone based on their sexual preference, and he and his company are set upon and put up for public ridicule as if they were murdering babies. It is beyond me. Whatever happened to free speech? Oh wait, that's only for those who support gays, lesbians, transsexuals, transgenders, and cross-dressers and all the rest.

Fat People and Chicken

I rode by the Chick-fil-A at Monkey Junction, and I was horrified at the line of morbidly obese waiting thier chance to chow down on fried chicken.

These people--real porkers-- are all worked up over gay marriage; instead, they should put a little effort in restraining their gluttonous appetites.

Gluttony, folks, is one of the seven deadly sins.

Preachers, it's time for you to raise the hackles of your fat congregants. Preach a sermon on the SIN of Gluttony!

wow.... the last I check

wow.... the last I check they have salads and fruit too - your just being silly...

Yes. And I was one of those

Yes.
And I was one of those fatties. I agree with you, and Rosanne. How dare a Christian speak out for Christian values ? I guess you're only entitled to speak your mind, if you agree with Obama, and abortion, or Elton John, and his "partner" adopting a child.

OMG!!! Really??? Freedom of

OMG!!! Really??? Freedom of speech went to a fat people sermon. Skinny Idiot!!

uh..

Spoken like a true liberal!

Fatties Lined Up at Chic-fil-your-belly-fil-A

Amen! PoochPerfect! Amen! Amen! Amen!

The disgusting sight of seeing all those fatties in line at Chic-fil-your-belly-fil-A almost made me experience temporary blindness.

People, come to your senses!

There are a too many morbidly-obese GLUTTONS in Wilmington, and they're lining up at a fast-food joint to express their hatred of a tiny minority of gay people

Fat people expressing their hatred of gays. That's what the lines were all about.

Time for the fundamentalist preachers of Wilmington and surrounding areas to put on a HOLY GHOST REVIVAL AGAINST THE SIN OF GLUTTONY!

Perhaps Chick-fil-A will donate a little money for the rivival's advertisement.

I haven't witnessed "...hatred of gays"?

All that I have seen is purely disagreement with the homosexual lifestyle, not "hatred" as you describe multiple times in your post. As is typical with a minority, stand-alone group of misfits, you exxagerate disagreement and dislike by using the word "hatred" to describe the peoples emotions that oppose YOUR lifestyle.

I believe that if the truth be told, the majority would have sympathy for homosexuals along with their disagreement, certainly not hatred. You people shoot yourselves in the foot with your inappropriate and innaccurate assessment of those that oppose you, which usually indicates a fear. You are a very small minority of people with lifestyles that the vast majority do not agree with. With all of the votes, all of the polls and forums like this, you should be able to grasp that basic concept. The bad part about it is that it isn't going to change within your lifetime, so get used to it.