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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Chick-fil-A Opens in San Jose, Draws Hungry People Who Don't Really Care About Politics

Posted By on Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 8:17 AM

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Hundreds of South Bay residents camped outside the new San Jose Chick-fil-A last night, but not because they're hungry for political change. No, they're just hungry for chicken.

According to news outlets, the chicken company traditionally hands out coupon books with 52 free meals for the first 100 people who show up after the ribbon is cut. So amid the national controversy the chicken chain has caused, those South Bay folks put their politics aside, grabbed their sleeping bags, and literally slept in front of the fast-food restaurant, which opened at 6 a.m. today.

Sure, there was some talk around the campfire about the chicken chain's controversy, which made national headlines after the company's president Dan Cathy, admitted his Atlanta-based eatery operated on so-called "biblical values," and opposed

same-sex marriage.

However, these people weren't going to let gay rights get in the way of free food.

Rest assured, the LGBT community has plans to welcome the new Chick-fil-A, with a rally today at 4 p.m.

They won't be there, armed with signs, to dissuade chicken-seeking sandwich eaters. They could care less about the chicken, said Marriage Equality USA's Bay Area spokesman Billy Bradford. "This is about our relationships, it's about our families, it's about treating everybody equally," Bradford said.

We'll have a side of waffle fries with that statement.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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