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Published: Wednesday, Aug. 1 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Sandy, UT

While not a regular Chick-fil-A customer, I made my visit today. Enjoyed the Chargrilled Chicken, very tasty. Plan to try a Peach Miilkshake tomorrow!

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

chicago values?
barney frank's mayor?
dc mayor? ....... really. looks like the boycott really caught on.
can't wait for their friday "kiss in"

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

My wife and I are enjoying a delicious meal at Chick-fil-A. The restaurant is incredibly busy. Free speech was worth the wait.

Spanish Fork, Ut

The fact that Mr Cathy's comments have turned into this media firestorm speaks volumes about how far this country has deteriorated in the past 40 years. How quickly the so-called champions of love, tolerance, and kumbaya will turn on someone that dares to express a different view than their own! And let's examine the "horrible" things said by Mr. Cathy
1) We support the family (Holy crap! How dare he!)
2) We believe in the biblical view of the family (Again...who is this monster?)
3) We give thanks we're still married to our first wife (clearly offensive to potential 2nd & 3rd wives everywhere)
Hopefully the cows will soon be posting a new message, "Eat mor libruls"

So glad people are supporting Chick-fil-A in droves. Go Chick-fil-A!!

Magna, UT

So if this protest was purely about protecting the Freedom of Religious Speech and not just anti-gay bias, does that mean you will all support the Repeal of Utah's Amendment Three which would finally allow Utah's gay and lesbian couples to have Civil Unions instead of religious "Marriage"?

If not..why not?

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Ridgely Magna, UT
"So if this protest was purely about protecting the Freedom of Religious Speech ...."

The 1st Amendment doesn't specify "freedom of religious speech". It just prohibits a public official in Chicago from denying a building permit because he/she disagrees with the opinion of a business owner.

Fortunately the majority of Utahns agree with the opinion of the Chick-fil-A owner.

By-the-way, traditional marriages can be performed by any judge, and don't have to be linked with any religion.

Be Practical
Sandy, UT

For elected government officials to think that they have a right to deny a company the opportunity of doing business within their jurisdictions when the company and it's president have done nothing illegal other than to express support for traditional marriage is truly scary. I think they should all be kicked out of office for attempting to enforce their unconstitutional discrimination. This isn't Nazi Germany.

Kings Court
Alpine, UT

It is interesting that the first amendment is being used here as a defense on this matter because it can be flipped around as well. I agree that local governments shouldn't ban restaurants just because of the beliefs of the owner no matter the moral nature, but in reality this happens in Utah fairly often. Businesses are often driven to close their doors or locate to certain sections of cities. Hookah bars, smoke shops, pubs, tattoo shops, sexual-oriented business, etc are often discriminated against and like Chick-fil-A, cite their first amendment rights to operate where they please. Now I disagree with the values espoused by the owners of sexual oriented businesses, pubs, hookah bars, and even gas stations that sell alcohol, but I do understand that they do have a right to operate, even if it is in an industrial part of town, but the same could be said for Chick-fil-A. While they do have a right to operate their business, the community also has a right to relegate it to a part of town where espoused values contrary to the community can be kept out of sight.

Buena Vista, VA

I got my Chick Fil-A today, and it was very good. The nearest one was a 45 minute drive but the experience of entering the most packed, busy fast food joint I've ever been in (lines snaking out the door, and the drivethrough line was so long it was causing traffic jams) made my day. Let free speech and freedom of religion reign!

Salt Lake City, UT

People like the mayor of Boston overreacted.
Today's supporters overreacted.
Tomorrow, all will be quiet again.
Gotta love the Amercian attention span and "Outrage for a day".

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
"Today's supporters overreacted."

You can't overreact to an attack on our 1st Amendment right to free speech? What today's supporters did was to explain the 1st Amendment to the thought police.

Huntsville, UT

It's really amazing that all of you conservatives will jump out of your way to spend a few dollars to support YOUR own freedom, and at the same time you go out of your way to DENY FREEDOM TO GLBT COUPLES.

And you don't even recognize the hypocrisy.

Jesus was more harsh about hypocrisy than just about any other sin.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Children acting like little children on both sides.
So if this was the owner of R.J. Reynolds espousing his dislike of gays.
I guess you guys would all start smokin'... genius.
King's court is dead on, Utah uses the same moral mentality to deny businesses the right to operate all the time.

Where were you Guys while...
A federal judge agreed on Wednesday that Muslims in Tennessee who have been trying for months to get a permit to use their new mosque should be allowed to worship there in time for Ramadan, which begins on Thursday.
For two years, construction of the 12,000-square-foot center has been a heated issue in Murfreesboro, a city of 110,000 people about 30 miles from Nashville, raising concerns about anti-Muslim sentiment.

Talk about 1st amendment, rights.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

America rose up "en masse" to support our right to speak without the government threatening us. Anyone who drove past a Chick-fil-A restaurant could clearly see entire families standing together, quietly, spending an hour or more waiting to be served as they showed Mr. Cathy that they supported HIS RIGHT TO SPEAK.

Those of us who are fed up with government will not forget in November what the extreme left told America, i.e. to shut up or face government sanctions for speaking.

Each day that passes brings more clarity to Obama's "change" agenda. He's told us that he will cripple our economy by taking away all incentive to be successful, i.e. tax the rich.

He has told us that somebody else was responsible for our success, but he refused to take responsibility for all the businesses that failed who had all of those "advantages".

He supports same-sex sex in defiance to the Defense of Marriage Act.

We have a clear choice in this year's election.

Wednesday was an excellent barometer of how Americans will vote, they will vote for FREEDOM from Obama's "change".

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: RanchHand Huntsville, UT
"It's really amazing that all of you conservatives will jump out of your way to spend a few dollars to support YOUR own freedom ...."

The 1st Amendment protects YOUR right to free speech EQUALLY with everybody else's. What you observed yesterday was support for that right, and disgust with those who would trample with your right to free speech.

The liberals would like to tinker with the 1st Amendment like Chicago does with the 2nd Amendment. Isn't that the city where Obama got his education.

Casa Grande, AZ

So conservatives are BUYcotting Chick-fil-a. Brilliant. Eat a stick of butter too.

Meanwhile democrats are telling Cathy to, "shut up and sing" while burning chicken sandwiches in the parking lot.

No, that was the Dixie Chicks being boycotted and intimidated by conservatives.

Casa Grande, AZ

Uhhhh, I had chicken yesterday. Anybody know where I can get an anti-gay-rights hamburger?

Pleasant Grove, UT

@RanchHand "at the same time you go out of your way to DENY FREEDOM TO GLBT COUPLES."

Not true. They have the same freedoms I have. All of us have freedom of speech. None of us are sanctioned by the state to enter into non-traditional marriages.

salt lake, UT

Its warms my heart to see the far right finally come together with the ACLU on a cause.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

The good people of America quietly gathered in Chick-fil-A restaurants all over America to show Mr. Cathy that they support his right to speak freely about his personal beliefs without government officials threatening him or his business ventures.

The good people of America silently sent a message to Obama, Rahm Emanuel, Edwin M. Lee, and Thomas Menino that they would NOT allow them or any other official to misuse the authority of government office.

The good people of America showed dignity as they silently protested the "change" that has come on America.

Yesterday, a lot of people woke up to the need to take a stand. They chose to support a fellow America who spoke his mind. By doing that, they completely rejected the message coming from the Left.

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