First, I want to acknowledge the fact that many other threads have been written on the various aspects of this story. I'm not starting this thread to
overlap or repeat the others that have gone before this one. I don't intend to focus on or do more than touch on the underlying purpose for this
protest in terms of the Gay Marriage issue or larger LGBT community. My feelings on that in general are best left for another thread dealing more
directly with it.
Now that I've covered what this isn't about, what does bring me to post this thread? Well, I went out to have dinner this evening and chose
Chick-Fil-A as someone who feels they have every right as a business to express any opinion the ownership may deem appropriate for themselves. What I
discovered was surprising. Springfield isn't a city with a real history of activism or political activity in public when compared to so many other
places in our nation. We're generally a quiet community with a fairly strong lean to the right as well as a deeply held sense of values and
Keeping this in mind as we drove over, I was surprised at what I found in my trip out for dinner. Let me share a few pictures I took for everyone to
get a feel for the scene this evening.
(This was the scene to greet us in driving up. The truck is coming out of the parking lot after apparently having made a supply delivery. When we got
closer we saw the neighbors weren't doing much business and it seems Chick-Fil-A was running low...our first sign that people here had come out)
(Those who weren't in this line for Chic-Fil-A made short work of turning around and leaving. Those you see are almost without exception, there for
(Here is a view from the opposite direction and about the same distance beyond driveways from that side as the first image shows from our direction of
I'd note here that as close as the first image shows us to have started, it took nearly 90 minutes to travel that short distance. This drew more than
I would have imagined. To the right in the above picture, you see a line of parked cars. This is an overflow area and people were walking from there
to get to Chick-Fil-A. Below is a picture infront on those parked cars and showing how it came to parking in the grass and dirt for many who were
determined to show their support here.
So what was all the waiting for? What did the place itself look like? Surely, chaos and obvious signs of protest, right? Well, no. Actually, the turn
out in numbers took me by real surprise as did how orderly and openly friendly everyone was.
(Shameless framing here for 'Ol Glory highlighting a bunch of citizens exercising their peaceful right of assembly, for dinner, and for a cause!
(I believe this shot best shows the overall scene for the line out front. by the time we left and as other photos may show, this came to extend a bit
further to the driveway on the right but held about this length the entire time we were out there. More came as the line was serviced inside. The flow
in was constant.)
Of course, what would a protest be without the media? Our local Kolr-10 crew were there to cover the scene as well!
(The Satellite truck was about 75 yards behind them. I'm not posting all the pics for space)
(In an interesting twist to this, they had their employees out taking orders from the cars directly and well in advance of the time anyone would get
around. Upon asking, I learned they didn't have the vests for this sole event but used them in regular business for other things. They sure came in
handy here though!)
(It may be a bit hard to make out. I've sized and adjusted the general quality so as to make personal identification of people as secondary a thing
as it should be for such pictures, However, you can make out in this one a table they had out front for refreshments to those standing in line. How's
that for being friendly? You can't see the table clear enough, but I assure everyone, they weren't packing a cash drawer out there for the cups
being offered in this heat)
Finally, I'll close this post with the thought they keep near and dear at Chick-Fil-A, apparently. Eat More Chicken!