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PHOTOS: Protest Forms In Front Of Chick-fil-A Food Truck In Downtown D.C.

1:04 PM, Jul 26, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Holding signs like "your chicken sandwich comes with a side of homophobia" and chanting calls of "gay, straight, black, white marriage is a civil right!", members of the Human Rights Campaign protested in front of the Chick-fil-A food truck at Metro Center in Downtown D.C. on Thursday as a response to the company's President's stance on gay marriage.

The wildly popular fast-food joint has come under fire recently after Dan Cathy, the company's President, openly admitted to supporting "traditional families" as well as what he deems to be the "biblical definition" of families.

"We're down here today to educate consumers about Chick-fil-A's anti-LGB (lesbian, gay, bisexual) giving," Dan Rafter, the Online Campaigns Manager of the HRC said at the protest.  "Dan Cathy is the President of Chick-fil-A and recently he's very proudly embraced the company's anti-LGB donations.  Chick-fil-A gives to companies that actively demonize LGB people and are against marriage equality for LGB people.  So we're out here to educate these consumers, raise the profile of the issue and just make sure they know exactly where their money is going."

Despite the chants of "Hey, hey, ho, ho, homophobia's got to go" from the protestors, a line of hungry customers still formed in front of the truck Thursday.

"(Chick-fil-A's stance) doesn't really bother me...I'm just looking for the chicken," Said Ryan Mills, a man who was waiting in line to order food from the truck during the lunchtime protest.  "I just like Chick-fil-A and I like their food.  I think they're a restaurant, a fast-food company, it doesn't really matter what they stand for.  It's not going to change any policy or anything."

"We're not calling for a boycott," Rafter said.  "(Human Rights Committee) generally tries to refrain from calling for boycotts of organizations.  What we are trying to do is we just want to make sure it is very clear that everyone knows where their money is going.  We're trying to present all the fact to consumers and let them make their own decisions about if they want to support Chick-fil-A or not."

The Chick-Fil-A truck launched in D.C. on July 9.

Take a look at the photos above from the protest.

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