It's a controversy about much more than fried chicken.
Supporters of the restaurant converged yesterday on the fast food franchise's locations across the country, including one on Costco Drive in Robinson, to show support of the Georgia-based company amid recent controversy regarding its stance on LGBT rights.
Chick-fil-A drew criticism last month after its president said he and the company stand against gay marriage. The restaurant franchise has also made several high-price donations to organizatons that oppose same-sex marriage, such as the Marriage & Family Foundation.
The debate on the chicken eatery was sparked after the company's president and COO Dan Cathy shared his thoughts on same-sex marriage in an interview with the Baptist Press.
"We are very much supportive of the family in 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. We give God thanks for that."
On Friday, the gay-rights group GLAAD will host counter protests at the chain, calling the effort "National Same-Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A." Gay rights activists are asking supporters to boycott Chick-fil-A and dine at competitiors, such as , in light of restaurant's stance.
In addition to the Costco Drive location, Chick-fil-A operates another franchise inside the Mall at Robinson food court.
The back-and-forth has raised a number of questions. Should fast food franchises wade into social and political issues? Is it fair to boycott a business for comments made by a national corporate leader?
Where do you stand in the argument? Will you stop eating at Chick-fil-A in Robinson? Or do you stand behind the company's comments on same-sex marriage? Is the debate relevant to you? Share your thoughts in the comments.