Friday, August 3, 2012

The Chicken Vote

Left: Chick-fil-A , Right: Group of Pastors launching "Anti-Obama" campaign

Chick-fil-A set a sales record on August 1, 2012, which was dubbed "Chick-fil-A Appreciation day" after the chain received some backlash for its statement on Gay Marriage.  The President of Chick-fil-A stated in an interview "We are very much supportive of the family - the biblical definition of the family unit.."  This answer was given, AFTER the President was asked, in an interview, about Chick-fil-A's stance on Gay Marriage.  

I was surprised that everyone was so surprised at this answer.  Chick-fil-A is closed on Sunday to allow their employees to spend time with their families.  They are definitely known for their religious values.  My guess is the shock factor came because society expects its big businesses to change their views when the views of society seem to change. Same sex relationships are definitely more common today than they were when Chick-fil-A was founded.  

In response, this Friday, the LBGT community plans to host a "National Same Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A."

Chick-fil-A isn't the only entity receiving backlash for its take on Gay Marriage.  A group of black pastors have launched an "anti-Obama" campaign because President Obama has made statements in support of Same-Sex Marriage.  President Obama has publicly stated that he believes that "Same-Sex" couples should be able to get married.  However, he has distanced this statement from any hopes of a policy change for same sex marriages.

The Group of black pastors believe that President Obama has taken the "black vote" for granted.  The launch of this campaign is an effort to "take back our families";  family in the traditional sense, marriage between a man and a woman.    This strategy for taking back the "black vote" from the Obama Campaign suggest that the majority of the black community does not support Same sex marriages.  Is this a safe assumption?

There was a recent poll that suggested that "black women" are more religious than any other group.  At this day and age can we still equate religious background with major political views, like gay marriage?  With the record breaking numbers for Chick-fil-A, it seems that religious values are taking their stance.  It remains to be seen how successful the "Anti-Obama" campaign will go over with the black community.  Their first fundraiser is scheduled to for August 16, 2012 in Memphis, TN.

What do you think?  Was Chick-fil-A appreciation day too much or just right?  Has President Obama taken the black vote for granted by supporting Same Sex Marriage?  If President Obama caught you at Chick-fil-A should he expect NOT to get your vote? Comments

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