Several dozen gay marriage activists descended on the Chick-fil-A restaurant in the Midway area Friday to demonstrate against the stance of the chain's CEO on the issue.
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The activists are part of a nationwide protest at Chick-fil-A, coming two days after supporters of CEO Dan Cathy showed up in droves to buy lunch, creating lines at the six San Diego County outlets that lasted up to two hours. The company said it set a one-day record for sales.
Cathy recently said he believed in traditional marriage between a man and a woman, and his comments were publicized, drawing outrage from proponents of same-sex marriage and the mayors of Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C.
Activists called for boycotts of the chain, and there was even talk about preventing the company from opening up new franchises in some cities.
In response, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee -- a one-time presidential candidate -- called for Wednesday's "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day."
Jersey Deutsch, one of the organizers for Friday's kissing protest, said her group, Canvass for a Cause, is also calling for a boycott of Chick-fil-A.
"Yes, this is a protest and boycott, but it's also to prove a point. We shouldn't be embarrassed about who we are. A group like Chick-fil-A coming out against us isn't going to take away our pride," said Deutsch.
Protesters who support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community also threw tomatoes at a man dressed in a Cathy costume.
"We're here because of the actions that he [Cathy] took," said protester Jose Medina. "When he signs paychecks that went to take away the rights from LGBT people then LGBT people have the right to say, 'Hey, that's just not right.'"
Specifically, Chick-fil-A supports the Family Research Council, which is against gay marriage.
John Eaton, who supports Chick-fil-A, said, "We're going to come here once a week in support of him [Cathy]."
Broadcast video showed protesters at the location on Sports Arena Boulevard Friday afternoon standing off to the side of the restaurant in a circle. Employees of the restaurant reportedly brought them water and mints.
Gay marriage supporter Alexis Rivera told 10News she is filing a restraining order after she said an online discussion over Chick-fil-A with a friend -- a pastor's daughter -- led to threats of violence against Rivera.
Rivera said the threats stated, "'I have your address, I'm going to find you, I'm going to beat you. You can meet me here or anywhere.'"
At a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Torrance, police said vandals spelled out "Tastes like hate" on the restaurant's wall.
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