Petition Demands Pittsburgh Marathon To Drop Chick-fil-A Sponsorship: It’s a Homophobic Business

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In response to fast food chain Chick-fil-A sponsoring a children’s marathon in Pittsburgh, a petition has been created to demand their removal from the running event.

“Chick-Fil-A is an openly homophobic and transphobic business,” the petition reads. “It has been for years, and despite their PR campaign to change their image, there’s no reason to believe they have moved away from their extreme anti-LGBTQ beliefs, and their funding of discriminatory programming.”

The Pittsburgh Marathon is an important community asset that brings people from all over the world to our region. It reflects the commitment to health and strength and connection. And it has historically been supportive of the LGBTQ community.

The Pittsburgh Marathon has the discretion to NOT partner with such businesses, especially on projects working with Pittsburgh’s youth. We must reject attempts to normalize homophobia and transphobia for our children.

“This partnership is unacceptable, damaging, and offensive, and should be retracted immediately,” the petition demands.

The campaign has received over 1,000 signatures.

Dan Cathy, the company’s CEO, has revealed that he believes marriage is between a man and a woman, sparking a backlash from LGBT activists.

Despite calls for boycotts, the company continues to make more money per restaurant than McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Subway combined, even with all of their locations being closed on Sundays.

“As an organization, P3R strives to be inclusive of any and all members of the Pittsburgh community, and we have and will continue to be accepting of any individual or family who wants to participate in our events,” the marathon responded. “We are working with organizations throughout the region to ensure we continue to expand our programming accordingly.”

“This partnership with Chick-fil-A will help us ensure even more children in southwestern Pennsylvania can learn and share in our love of running,” their statement added.

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  1. Who exactly began this petition?
    Will ‘they’ be out recruiting kids during the marathon while dressed in tutus and garish make-up?
    I have gay friends who are appalled by some of the far left activists’ actions.
    This is yet another example of radical extremism.
    I think I’ll go to Chick-fil-A tomorrow for lunch. I’m going grilled, rather than fried. Does that make my order more acceptable? Probably not.

    • Same here in having LGBTBBQ friends (they laugh at that one)who disavow the totalitarian “non-inclusion” these bigots practice. We call them that, BIGOTS, and mock them and what they stand for.

  2. You can’t hide your kids from an opposing view, if you can even call it that in this instance, for their entire lives.

    If the kid even noticed, it would be a good time to remind them haters are going to hate – we are here for the marathon so we focus on that. Then send them on their way.

  3. You think that this might be what really pisses the alphabet activists off,”Despite calls for boycotts, the company continues to make more money per restaurant than McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Subway combined, even with all of their locations being closed on Sundays.”?

    • Yes, if you pay your servers an average of $5.54 an hour you make more money than McDonald’s who pay their employees $8-$9 per hour. Starbucks servers earn an average of $9.43 per hour. Subway pays an average of $9.04. Google it. Don’t take my word for it. If you are boycotting Google, Bing it.

      • Nice job of cherry picking your stats, softaintheheada. You pick one job at Chick-Fil-A and ignore that there are other jobs there. The AVERAGE wage at a Chick-Fil-A restaurant is $7.77- $16.77 an hour. You also post an estimate for McDonald’s employees. You are correct that I don’t take your word for anything since time and time again you show that you live in an alternate world based on half truths, lies and innuendo.

  4. I respect gay/lesbian couples yet I believe marriage is between a man and woman!! This is not putting down LGBT people, it’s just what I believe! So, why can’t the LGBT crowd not respect Chick fil a’s views??? I see it as bullying in a sense that they are not open to other ideals???

    • So do not marry a man, Bruce. I do not think anyone is asking you to do so. As you put it, be open to other ideals. I have been supportive for many years of equal rights for gays. And NO ONE has suggested to me that I divorce my husband of 39 years and marry a woman.
      I do not boycott anything I enjoy—not the NFL, not Amazon, not Kellogg, not Target, not Beyonce. That is not in response to the anyone’s call for a boycott. We have no Chick fil a in our town and it has nothing to do with gay marriage or religious views. I have never acquired a taste for coffee so I do not visit Starbucks—not because they did not put “Merry Christmas” on their coffee cups one holiday season. Yes, I drink tea, but it is difficult to screw up boiling water and dunking a tea bag in a cup so I make my own. I do not shop at Krogers as we do not have one in our area–I do not drive across town to shop at the Giant Eagle, why would I drive 5 hours to shop at a Krogers?
      Is boycotting Nike bullying? I believe that is the Right’s newest addition to your boycott list. Bullying is the new American past time. Insults and childish nicknames come from individuals that claim to be Christians—and educated adults. We live in Trump’s America now. Get accustom to America’s new low, low standards for decency. It is going to last for at least the next 2 years.

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