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Organizer: Chicken Protest Will Be Peaceful

Date of Chick-fil-A opening on North Main Street, Walnut Creek, has been pushed back to Oct. 11; gay rights demonstrators object to Atlanta-based company stance against same-sex marriage.

As news breaks around the Bay Area about new Chick-fil-A protests, plans continue for a demonstration at the new chicken restaurant franchise in Walnut Creek — albeit on a new opening date.

The new opening day for the North Main Street fast food restaurant is Thursday, Oct. 11, moved back from a September date.

Also this week, news emerged that Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A — encountering gay rights activism for its donations to traditional marriage groups even as it adds outlets in Northern California — had purchased a lot in Novato, Marin County, for a restaurant.

In Walnut Creek, activist Tom Lewenz said organizers are taking steps to ensure a peaceful protest for the North Main Street opening on Oct. 11.

"I want to make sure everyone knows that it is our intention to make this a 100 percent peaceful protest," Lewenz wrote in an email. "Our objections lie only with the CEO and the company's funding of anti-gay organizations, not with the local business owners or their employees. We will be working very closely with the Walnut Creek Police Department to ensure this stays peaceful and law abiding."

The Walnut Creek plans are being made with the help of a Facebook Public Event. The new franchise with drive-through service on 2750 N. Main St., Walnut Creek. It's part of a big construction project with a new 24-Hour Fitness at that location.

Dan Cathy, the CEO of Chick-fil-A, drew the ire of gay rights activists earlier this summer when he said in an interview, "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."

Apropos not of the Chick-fil-A controversy but an interesting read on the topic of gay activism in California — 

WC-Independent August 23, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Is this still news?
JBN August 23, 2012 at 08:27 PM
The gay nazi's do not speak for me or any of my gay friends! They can go back to their dirty, trashy, graffitied neighborhood in SF. I will be at Chick Fil A ordering food. In other words, these clowns only speak for a few extremists, not the majority of gay society. Let's protest the protest.
Kenneth Duke Masters August 23, 2012 at 08:49 PM
When a support demonstration brings on many thousands and the anti protest brings on 50 it's about time to forget it. No one cares or more to the point most people support CFA's owners point of view and his right to express it. KDM in Berkeley
David P August 23, 2012 at 09:59 PM
@JBN - Your comments are both incorrect and inappropriate. The people who plan to peacefully protest the WC Chick-fil-A are East Bay residents, many from WC. They are not from any dirty, trashy, graffitied neighborhood of San Francisco. It is inappropriate and, frankly, rude to call anyone a nazi. And unless you have polled the entire community, you have no basis to say who these "clowns" speak for. Not you? Fine, but don't generalize. And I would think you might have one or two gay friends who support the protest -- you should ask them all before making that statement.
David P August 23, 2012 at 10:03 PM
@KDM -- Same comment as directed toward JDN: Apparently, some people do care, so unless you have data to support "no one cares," you might not want to be so general. You may not care. And I do not believe that "most people" support the CFA owner's point of view -- only his right to express it. I definitely do not support his view, or his funding of some groups, but I believe he has the right to say what he wishes -- and I have the choice to not eat there.
CJ August 23, 2012 at 11:53 PM
So no need to be there right David P. I plan bringing my kids and eating me some chickin' sammies and Peach shakes.
H Hudson August 24, 2012 at 01:19 AM
I expect his 'nazi' remark was meant somewhat in humor.......a la Seinfeld's famous 'soup nazi'.
Stephen Fredricks August 24, 2012 at 03:52 PM
I never thought I'd see the day when the.Pro Sodomites face off with the Anti Sodomites... My hometown isn't what it used to be.
Daniel August 24, 2012 at 05:28 PM
This is an organized Dan Cathy Protest Owner/CEO Chick-Fil-A and is not targeting the individual franchise owner.
nora urany August 25, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Well if they do not like the what the CEO said in our Free Speech, wonderful country of America they do not have to eat there. But, they cannot tell me where I can or cannot eat just because they do not like what someone said. This is a Free Country and if they do not like it they can move to a different country but Freedom of Speech is a two way street not a one way where only their opinion counts. We will be eating there as soon as they open.
David P August 27, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Mr. Fredricks -- That was simply rude!
David P August 27, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Ms. Urany -- I do not believe anyone is "telling you" what to do one way or the other. Like Mr. Cathy, people are expressing their free speech rights by stating what they believe in. Thus, if it is truly a "two-way street," then both sides may, and do, share their opinion, which is what is being done here. No need for anyone to move anywhere.

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