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|Local activists stage Chick-fil-A 'Kiss In' demonstrations|
|by Dyana Bagby & Ryan Watkins|
|August 03, 2012 15:17|
It was a very small crowd that showed up at the Chick-fil-A on Piedmont Road near the Lindbergh MARTA station. Jimmy Moss, 39, and his partner Sebastian Steele, 38, took a photo of themselves with their smartphone at about 12:30 p.m. Friday. They said they wanted to show their family and friends that eating at Chick-fil-A is not just about free speech.
"I've seen lot of my family and friends on Facebook and they really didn't understand when they come to Chick-fil-A that they were supporting not just freedom of speech but actually giving money to a company that gives money that keeps me from having rights," Steele said.
"I felt strongly about it and wanted to get a picture of us. We've been together seven years,and had a civil union seven years ago. And for better or worse, for richer or poorer, we've done all of that and I think that's what marriage is all about and that's what we got," Steele added.
Around a dozen protesters gathered outside of the Colony Square Chick-fil-A this afternoon to stage a “kiss-in” to protest the company's donations to anti-gay causes.
The demonstration occurred today around 1 p.m. and lasted a brief ten or fifteen minutes.
There were no incidents, save a security guard asking that any protesting be done from the city-owned sidewalk because of a homemade protest sign and a heckler shouting, “God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve” to those demonstrating.
The demonstrators responded in kind, replying, “God loves everyone” and “God made us all.”
Employees from the neighboring Shout restaurant briefly joined in the demonstration, as well. One Shout employee told demonstrators “Shout loves y'all!”
Shout frequently hosts drag performers and other queer acts in the evenings.
To view photos from the Colony Square "Kiss In," click here.
Top photo: Jimmy Moss and his partner Sebastian Steele participate in a "kiss in" demonstration outside of an Atlanta Chick-fil-A. (by Dyana Bagby)
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