Supporters of gay marriage responded Tuesday to last week’s rush to Chick-fil-A with an appreciation day of their own — at Starbucks.
“National Marriage Equality Day,” initiated by gay and lesbian marriage magazine “Equally Wed,” was meant as a counterweight to the Mike Huckabee–organized “appreciation day” to support the chicken chain president’s endorsement of “the biblical definition of the family unit.” More than 36,000 Facebook users have RSVP’d to the event, pledging to support institutions that back gay marriage — Starbucks in particular, but also Nike and Amazon.com.
“Equally Wed” Editor-in-Chief Kirsten Ott Palladino said she’s “very touched” at the kind of reaction she saw on Tuesday.
“I’m pretty excited,” Palladino said. “It was just a grassroots movement, so I’m pretty proud of the effort we put forward and the amount of people involved in such a short amount of time.”
Palladino cited supportive tweets from Charlize Theron and Lance Bass as highlights. A photo gallery of supporters’ submissions can be found here.
Palladino said she’s heard of no in-store incidents today, but the Internet is a different story.
“If you go to the ‘Decline’ section of our event page, some people say, ‘Well, I’m not going because I don’t believe in marriage equality.’ People are using their freedom of speech and talking about how they feel about it. We’ve had some interesting conversations.”
She called Huckabee’s involvement “unfortunate.”
“He kept talking about how this was about freedom of speech and, unfortunately, that was just not the case. He has a lot of followers and has a lot of friends in high places who also have a lot of followers and they hang on to his every word and believe that sort of thing.”
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