North Carolina Wendy’s Franchise Stands With Chick-fil-A (And can go down with them also)

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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  1. james says:

    Wendy’ Condemns Chick-fil-A President Remarks On Gay Marriage
    by Brad Warbiany
    Caught this across the wire today:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    Wendy’s Spokeswoman ‘Wendy’ Stands With Gay Marriage Supporters

    Dublin, Ohio, July 25 2012: Wendy’s corporation found Dave Thomas believed in treating all people, customers, employees, and vendors with the utmost respect. As the woman you see on the sign and in the logo of Wendy’s, it is my belief that Dave would, as I do, support the rights of same-sex couples to marry.

    Being ginger, I have faced discrimination my entire life. I’ve been called “firecrotch” and “carrot top”, have endured countless barbs from people such as “you’d better get out of the sun, ginger”, and “they don’t make an SPF high enough for you.” Growing up different from your peers is hard, and when you’re already a cartoon likeness of a human being, to know that you’re a cartoon minority is itself an added struggle.

    On behalf of the entire Wendy’s organization, I would like to express our solidarity with all minorities, and our firm commitment to stand beside you as you fight for equality. I would condemn other fast food chains, whether it be their company President or their chicken-hating cows, who would not offer you the same respect.

    At Wendy’s, we believe that all loving couples should be afforded the same rights — the right to marry and all the legal protections that accompany the institution. We live in a nation that trumpets freedom and individual rights. It’s time to ensure that we live up to the values we espouse. Besides, I’ve got my eye on that chick from Brave. Rawr!

    In addition to her role as corporate mascot, Wendy has been a tireless supporter of minority rights and equality since she was first drawn in 1969.

    Contact:
    Wendy
    wendy@wendys.com
    Wendy’s International, Inc.
    One Dave Thomas Boulevard
    Dublin, OH 43017

    ###

    It must just be his beliefs…according to this letter the actual Wendy’s corp is a supporter of gay and minority rights. I would take his franchises.

  2. There use to be a time when LGBT Groups would protest inside Churches.. not to mention every St Patricks Day Parade ..

    and still this year you can find LGBT Parades where people go barely dressed and places like the Castro District in San Francisco where Gay Men go Naked in the streets protesting stupid stuff not Gay Rights and the police don’t arrest them…

    I am Straight.. My cousin is a Gay Rights Activist in West Hollywood.. I love him and always will…

    BUT HERE IS THE THING…

    Why do you want to get married in a church.. in God’s House on His Alter?

    Most but not all Gay people are Atheists or non-practicing Christians..

    Why would you want to do this when even if you do still believe in God you know its not something God Condones….

    Get Married on a Beach .. In a Park .. At a Hotel Pool or in a Public Square… BUT NOT IN GOD’S HOUSE

    If you want respect you have to show respect and the Gay Community has gained respect about the time they stopped protesting inside churches …

    If you want to get married get a civil union and a wedding and stop saying there are absolutely no options for your relationship…

    But just like two gay people can’t have children alone.. without outside intervention… there are somethings you have to say ok to…

    There is no reason to get married in a church.. and any church that would perform such a wedding is not worth attending.. however I do know there are some really great gay people out there that are kind and care about the world and everyone in it…

    but really … Get a Civil Union for legal reasons and get a friend to perform or perform the wedding yourself..

    • Will Kohler says:

      I can’t believe that you are so misinformed on the subject and claim to have a “gay activist cousin”

      Same sex marriage is not about getting married in a church and just fyi civil unions DO NOT cover a gay couple for all legal reasons.

      You REALLY need to get the puck out of here and call your cousin and learn something.

    • Roy McKenzie says:

      Holy crap @HockeyGuy you’re a moron. Also it’s not illegal to be naked in SF. I should know, I live here and I get naked all the time. Educate yourself, otherwise it just makes you look foolish in a public forum. Here is some information on how Civil Union != State/Federally recognized Marriage: http://lesbianlife.about.com/cs/wedding/a/unionvmarriage.htm

  3. Libby says:

    The point of ” Cfa day” is freedom of speech! most of you, including Wendy, have missed this. Now I will exercise not only my rugt of free speech, I will also put my money where my mouth is. Goodbye , Wendy’s. Hello, CFA!

  4. Will Kohler says:

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  5. JOHN WELLER says:

    GOD HAS THE RULES WRITTEN IN THE BIBLE ON MARRIAGE AND THE UNITED STATES WAS FORMED AS A CHRISTIAN NATION,,,DON’T LIKE IT…LEAVE.YES GO TO THE MIDDLE EAST WHERE THEY KILL GAY PEOPLE…GOD AND PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IN MAN AND WOMAN MARRIAGE STILL LOVE THE PEOPLE BUT WILL NOT STAND AGAINST IMMORAL BEHAVIOR.

  6. JOHN WELLER says:

    So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.
    –1 Peter 5:6, NLT.

  7. As i am a gay employee for Wendys hamburgers, Its disheartening to know that this is what our franchise owners want and believe. Straight, black, white, mexican or whoever we are have a right to work, walk, drive, marry, eat, travel, talk, and so forth without any discrimination. I dont care what anyone believes, but as an employer and using your job to discriminate against others and including your own hard working managers and employees is just down right crule and absurd. Yet, they still have their busiiness and franchise contract??? Someone should take them down a notch or two. Jim Furman i have worked for. He is a very sweet christian man. I am glad. Personal beliefs you fight for, but when your an employer for gays and all walks of life, this is when you should be neutral with your business.

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