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Faith leaders announce peaceful Chick-fil-A protest

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The Chick-fil-A restaurant on UofL's campus. The Chick-fil-A restaurant on UofL's campus.
Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy (Source: NBC) Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy (Source: NBC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Some area clergy members are joining the fight against Chick-fil-A restaurants and they're doing it through prayer.

Faith Leaders for Fairness will host "Witness of Love: A Pray-In" on the public property in front of the Chick-fil-A restaurant at 5001 Shelbyville Road at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 11.

The group describes its action as a peaceful gathering of LGBTQ-affirmative faith leaders and people of faith from across the community who will pray in support of civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning individuals.

Following the prayer of affirmation and inclusion, the group will sing hymns while holding signs that share positive, faith-based support for LGBTQ love and fairness, according to the Faith Leaders for Fairness news release. Openly gay Baptist minister Rev. Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard will join other local pastors in leading the action.

Chick-fil-A came under fire by gay rights advocates after Dan Cathy, the fast-food chain's CEO, said in a July 2 interview with the Biblical Recorder, "We are very much supportive of the family – 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."

Gay rights leaders have said they take issue with Chick-fil-A's monetary donations to so-called hate groups, not with Cathy's right to free speech. According to Forbes magazine, the company has been sued at least a dozen times since 1988 on charges of employment discrimination.

Last month, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee encouraged fellow conservatives to participate in what he declared "Chick fil-A Appreciation Day" on August 1. Long lines and record sales were reported at Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country and across the Louisville area.

In response, gay rights leaders staged a much less successful kiss-in at Chick-fil restaurants on August 3.

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