Vandal spray paints anti-hate message on Mo. Chick-Fil-A

Vandal spray paints anti-hate message on Mo. Chick-Fil-A

Vandal spray paints anti-hate message on Mo. Chick-Fil-A

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by KMOV.com staff

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 4, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 4 at 6:36 PM

DES PERES, Mo. (KMOV) –A vandal spray painted an anti-hate message on a Missouri Chick-Fil-A on Saturday in what appeared to be a response to the fast-food chain owners’ opposition to same-sex unions.

According to the store, someone spray painted “don’t hate” on the drive-through road and one of the store’s brick walls.

The vandalism comes just one day after gay rights activists and other supporters of marriage equality planned a “Kiss In” at Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country. Participants were encouraged to come to the fast-food chains and kiss a fellow demonstrator of the same sex.

The “Kiss In” was planned after hundreds of thousands of customers, many of them conservative Christians, recognized “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” at more than 1,600 locations.

The company said in a statement the turnout Wednesday made for “an unprecedented day,” although it says it doesn’t release exact sales numbers.

“The Chick-fil-A culture and 66-year-old service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect - regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender,” the statement said.

Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy stirred the controversy when he told a religious publication last month that the company was “guilty as charged” for backing “the biblical definition of a family.”

In a later radio interview, Cathy said: “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.”’

The Southern Baptist Cathy family has long been known for using biblical principles to operate its business, including never opening the company’s stores on Sundays.

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