Garden State Equality Launches Campaign To Convert Chick-fil-A Operators To Their Cause

Garden State Equality is out to convert New Jersey Chick-fil-A franchisees to their pro-gay marriage cause.

GSE President Steve Goldstein sent the following message to email list this morning:

Today, Friday, August 3, 2012 is Garden State Equality’s Dialogue Day with Chick-Fil-A.  If you live or work in New Jersey, we’d like you to call the operator of your nearest Chick-Fil-A restaurant in New Jersey today, to ask him or her to meet with a local group of Garden State Equality members.  We want the operators to see and hear in person how the national owners’ anti-LGBT advocacy hurts real people deeply – families, couples and children who yearn for equality.   We ask you to call today even if you personally may not be able to join such a meeting.

1.   Below please find a list of the 22 Chick-Fil-A stores across New Jersey with the store locations, phone numbers and individual operators’ names.  Ask for the operator by name.  If he or she isn’t there, you can ask to speak to the senior manager on duty.
2.   When you call, say:  “I’m a member of Garden State Equality and we want equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.   We know the national owners of Chick-Fil-A don’t believe in equality, but we hope you may be fair.   We believe in talking and mutual respect.   Are you willing to meet a group of us in the next few weeks?”

3.   If the owner says no, express your pain, not anger, as you conclude the conversation quickly and respectfully.   Respond:  “I’m hurt you won’t meet us.   I’ll let others know.   I wish you well.”   Please do not engage in hostility.   We advocate equality in love.

4.   If the owner says maybe, respond:  “Then I’m going to call you back on Monday, is that okay?”   Then please do call back on Monday.

5.   If the owner says yes, respond:   “That’s great.  Before we set up a day and time, I’m going to talk to others to see their schedules.   I’m going to call you back next week, is that okay?”

6.   Then please email [email protected] your name and your phone number, the location below of the Chick-Fil-A you called – that’s important so we know which Chick-Fil-A you’re talking about – and the operator’s response, whether yes, no or maybe.   If the operator said yes, we will call you and other Garden State Equality members in your area next week so we can coordinate schedules to do the meeting.

We understand that activists in other states are staging “kiss-ins” at Chick-Fil-A stores.  We respect everyone who engages in the activism that inspires them.   At Garden State Equality, we’re aiming for something beyond one day.   We aim to start dialogues wherever we can.   We want everyone to see the love and commitment of families with LGBT people – indeed, to see all people as real people.   That, we believe, is the basis of winning equality everywhere.

Thank you all so much.  Immediately below is the list of the 22 Chick-Fil-A stores in New Jersey with their phone numbers and names of the store operators.  If the spirit moves you, please consider making a $13.00 donation today to Garden State Equality – that’s what it would cost a couple to eat a typical Chick-Fil-A meal.  A $26.00 donation would represent the cost for a family of four.   You can donate online at www.GardenStateEquality.org

Audubon, (856) 547-0815, operator Charles Bohs         Cherry Hill, Marlton Pike, (856) 488-9117, operator Dave Curran         Cherry Hill, Haddonfield Road, (856) 488-1600, operator Dave Curran         Delran, (856) 764-0765, operator Sal Miliziano         Deptford, Clements Bridge Road, (856) 853-0425, operator Doug Clark         Deptford, Deptford Mall, (856) 848-7712, operator Christian McGrory         Eatontown, (732) 542-2243, operator Jeff Bassett         Edison, (732) 548-6024, operator Travis Biggs         Egg Harbor, (609) 407-4900, operator Amy McCloy         Galloway, the Stockton College Chick-Fil-A is closed for the summer.  Please call the next closest store.         Hamilton, (609) 581-7601, operator John Velarde         Howell, (732) 730-9033, operator Ted Reim         Marlton, (856) 985-4391, operator Brian Bowman         Mount Laurel, Centerton Road, (856) 439-2696, operators Brian Bowman or Bob Mancini         Mount Laurel, (856) 778-1900, Nixon Drive, operator Bob Mancini         Paramus, (201) 967-9494, operator Ken Walsh         Sewell, (856) 464-2277, operator Jeff Price         Sicklerville, (856) 262-0002, operator Burley Clark         Turnersville, (856) 228-2111, operator Burley Clark         Vineland, (856) 327-4414, operator Phil Kelley         Voorhees, (856) 772-2201, operator Zach Johnson         Woodbridge, (732) 634-8981, operator Jim Strole


The Associated Press is reporting that gay rights activists are planning a ‘Kiss In’ today at Chick-fil-A restaurants throughout the country.  Protestors of Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy’s stand for traditional marriage are being encouraged to go Chick-fil-A stores and kiss a fellow demonstrator of the same gender.

AP quotes one organizer, Carly McGehee of Dallas as saying she hopes the protest “helps LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender) youth who feel isolated and are victims of bullying.”

Is isolation and bullying a problem for only gay youth?  Are gay activists encouraging same sex marriages for youths?

Earlier this week The Asbury Park Press quoted Goldstein as saying that Garden State Equality does not support the ‘Kiss In.’  Rather, GSE would reach out to Chick-fil-A operators, as they are today.  Goldstein said some of the operators are “in deep with us,” according to APP.

Posted: August 3rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Chick-fil-A, Garden State Equality, Gay Marriage, Gender Equality, marriage, Marriage Equality, Marriage Equality and Religious Exemptions Act | Tags: , , , , , | 69 Comments »

69 Comments on “Garden State Equality Launches Campaign To Convert Chick-fil-A Operators To Their Cause”

  1. Joe Killeen said at 7:13 pm on August 5th, 2012:

    Sorry but imaginary only applies to the idea that government ID’s are given away to anyone who walks into the DMV. You need several defined forms of identification most basic an authenticated copy of your birth certificate.
    Probably an efficient means for government big or small to keep track of individuals. This might have been a turn off for the rabidly pro small, pro as little as possible government, supporters in the crowd but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
    The timing of the introduction and passing of the various State laws to “fix” a problem that has created more recorded incidents of UFO sightings than voter fraud incidents over the years that records of both occurrences have been kept, just seems like the two, three and four step dance that surrounded the truth and facts of WMD’s.
    The speed and frequency of the sound bites surrounding the conspiracies that threaten our electoral system play more like the muddle that was generated by the Florida Attorney General and the brunch session held by the Supreme Court to decide the 2000 election.
    Yet with all this drama playing out to decide the winner of the biggest political prize in anyone’s career, the imaginative and Internet impaired Democratic loser in the match, checked his options and ruled out the available, congratulated the winner and moved onto an issue he thought as important, climate change.
    I am sure that they are out there and probably can be found the crying over split milk and gnashing of teeth containing the cries of “We was robbed.”
    But nowhere have I seen any record of or recalled any sign of the organized, centrally conceived and directed rush of “voter fraud”
    legislation pushed through in a few, well targeted locales.

  2. Bob English said at 10:19 pm on August 5th, 2012:

    So Many Things: The purpose of the Obama adminstrations lawsuit in Ohio is to restore the extra three days of early voting for all citizens of Ohio which was elminated by the Ohio GOP (similar to what Republicans have done in other states which is to curb/cut back on early voting.)

    In an intervew on Sunday, a Romney spokesperson could point to no place in Obama’s lawsuit that seeks to restrict the rights of military voters.

  3. Joe Killeen said at 9:56 am on August 6th, 2012:

    Bob English- where have you been all my life?
    Again, for those so inclined I fed you this line?
    Short, factual, direct, to the point, and most of all accurate. Thank you for these bright lights in the midst of the dark rooms.

  4. Back To Those Job Numbers Bobbie said at 5:29 pm on August 6th, 2012:


    EVERYTHING about this administration is a lie, and you keep on sucking down and spitting out the kool aid. Shame on you.

    BTW, I am calling for a ban on Joe Kileen. He’s as much a joke as Obummer and is making a sham of what was a great posting experience over the years.

    But then, that’s just my humble opinion. I guess I’m just not as smart as Bobbie & Joey

  5. Proud Republican said at 6:46 pm on August 6th, 2012:

    I agree with you BTTJNB – Joe Killeen’s posts are that lethal combination of length and incoherence. I have yet to read one that makes any sense or contributes to the discourse. Anyway, Bob English will never be able to grasp the depth of Obama’s lies, nor the gravity of how bad the jobs situation really is, not the BS that the administration spews. Don’t believe the crap polls that the NYT or other liberal groups put out. Remember how wrong they were in Wisconsin – they had the race even or Walker behind or up by only two or three points. What happened? A comparative blowout. Wouldn’t be surprised if the same thing happens in November. The media can play it down all they want, just like the huge turnout for Chick Fil A, but the real numbers don’t lie. Unless that is, the Democrats cheat the way they have been lately.

  6. Here's More On Those Poll Numbers Bobbie said at 6:51 pm on August 6th, 2012:


  7. Bob English said at 8:48 pm on August 6th, 2012:

    DickMorris.com??? LOL And he will not even tell you what poll he is looking at (that is if he is not making this up)??? And Romney could win in a landslide???? Bad for Obama so it must be true!!!

    Thanks for helping me prove my point why I don’t like to put very much faith in any one single poll.

  8. Bob English said at 8:51 pm on August 6th, 2012:

    Proud: If you ask some of the Republican Presidential candidates this year about cheating, a few of them would tell you that the only cheating they know about was in the Republican primaries which somehow always seemed to favor Romney.

  9. Oh Bobbieeeeee... said at 9:08 pm on August 6th, 2012:

    So, Dick’s advice is no good because he’s anti Obummer??? Talk about a slanted view.

    However, did you forget the commentary I sent you the other day, from one of your own; Doug Schoen?


    What, you don’t respect him either?

    Sorry Bobbie, I don’t mean to be mean; but your positions are either joke like or we on the right are all just totally stupid. Now that I think about it, the latter seems to fit your elitist view of the world.

  10. Bob English said at 9:35 pm on August 6th, 2012:

    Just had to laugh that after hearing all about the biased “lib” poll, someone posts the exact opposite of that only in this case he (Morris) will not even reveal who took the poll..must be a top secret poll!!!..Good reason not to put too much faith in either but you can believe what you want to believe.

  11. John List said at 10:49 pm on August 6th, 2012:

    I am just glad to see so many hateful conservatives eating so much fast food. Keep it up!

  12. Joe Killeen said at 11:36 pm on August 6th, 2012:

    Just when I think I’m getting out, they drag me back in.
    Short and sweet, no polls involved nor were any hurt in the making of this fact:

    Grover Norquist sends out a drone to drop a bomb among the less aware of his following.

    U.S. Athletes to be taxed on the medals they win and their subsequent earnings due to them winning those medals—–
    Nice form, degree of difficulty low, but good execution-
    Only problem was and still is that is was wrong, wrong, wrong.
    U.S. Olympic Committee felt compelled to take their eye off the torch long enough to issue a quick and absolute denial of the news from Grover.
    Unfortunately, for Senator Rubio, he didn’t see that correction, from the horses mouth,
    before he made an announcement that he was introducing a bill that would prohibit anyone, anywhere, being able to levy taxes on medals won by US Olympians.
    He actually put some meat and details into his “bill” to protect our athletes.
    A later analysis by an accounting group (not a business) resulted in a summary that Senator Rubio’s “bill” would produce rather large loop holes for the “big” Phelps status winners as well as “protect” the already protected and un taxed medals.
    You have to agree that the material on which to post is so voluminous and dodgy, dodgy like say one thing, promote one position and if you get the basics, wrong, or right it doesn’t matter dodgy.
    Since you have the choir preaching to and at itself facts and honesty be darned.

    Well darn you, its your own fault it takes so many words to try and make sense of this well financed boggle.

  13. Yes Bobbie... said at 7:10 am on August 7th, 2012:

    We CAN Believe What We Want To Believe, That Being…

    A) You Are An Obama Sycophant And A Lib, NOT An Independent.

    B) You Refuse To Accept That Most MEDIA Based Polls Are Slanted Towards Obama By The Way They Over Sample Democrats. That’s A “Historical” Fact.

    C) You Refuse To Accept The Failure Of The Obummer Jobs Plan & Stimulus Money, Instead Believing That “It’s Working. Our Plan Worked.”

    All I Have To Say About The Latter Is That “If We Pass The Stimulus, Unemployment Will Drop Below 8%.”

    It’s NEVER Been Below 8% While Obummer Has Been Liar In Chief, And Obummer OWN’S This Failure, NOT Bush.

    15% U6 Unemployment Is A DISASTER.

    Even MORE Scary, The Economy Threatens To Get Worse, With Many Economists Projecting An Even Deeper Recession…

    NO Bobbie, The Recession Never Ended & Someone Needs To Take Away Your Rose Colored Glasses.

    And Joe Kileen Is Still A Horse’s Rear End. His Comments Remind Me Of Those Illiterate Rullobot Posts.

    One & The Same?

  14. Oh, And To John List said at 7:12 am on August 7th, 2012:

    How Telling It Is That A Lib Goes By The Name Of A Murderer.

    Hateful Conservatives?

    Me Thinks You Are Talking About Yourselves

  15. Freespeaker 1976 said at 7:35 am on August 7th, 2012:

    About Those Romney Tax Returns, “I’m Lovin” This Article.


    Come On Mr. Obummer, Let’s See YOUR College Records.

  16. Joe Killeen said at 10:56 am on August 7th, 2012:

    Interesting, very interesting. I am making the ad hominem hall of fame. Not only are my thoughts when expressed as written, unintelligible and too long but the whole conspiracy from my end started when I was born with a last name that reminds some of a murderer.
    No wonder you guys prefer to stand in the corners repeating the same ole chants over and over. Time to come out into the light, smell the manure you have been absorbing and repeating, open your windows and let some fresh air in.
    Just for instance, the occupation, sector of the work force that most American veterans latch onto and join is in the public sector.
    Not a Pelosism, Killenism or brain fart, simple recorded (Veterans Admin) fact.
    Take that tidbit and then try and wrap your brain around the recent, headline, sound bite from the BMOC – (I paraphrase for brevity)
    “Don’t send me anymore public employees. We can’t afford them.”
    I know chicken sandwiches are taking up a lot of time now but this is a chicken and an egg type of question-
    “Which came first,” The war in the wrong direction to get all those WMD’s?”
    Or- “All those veterans now coming home who would gladly teach your children, put out your fires or police your dark alleys?”
    I know it’s fiscal responsibility and the need to end those liberal spending habits. But come on we used them when we wanted them? Isn’t that a free market principle?
    Oh, I finely got it, We don’t need them anymore, no more family feuds to settle.
    That is the free, free market principle, I’m just too stuck in my ways, blinded by the color line, taken up all my time coddling gays and wondering who among us will have the price of new flannel shirt and build that necessary ole cucumber confidence, consumer, sorry.
    Your almost right about the origin of my last name, It is from the old Salecian, it means he who thinks before he pounces.

  17. Joe Killeen said at 11:08 am on August 7th, 2012:

    Almost forgot, I am a card carrying Asparagus. We include all shades and most colors. We vote, fish and surf.
    We pay attention and consider those who engage in useful and interesting conversations and we do not allow pseudonyms to be used for who one really is.
    Our annual convention is always in December and always somewhere sunny.
    Now that I have made all my most intimate details public can one of you, anyone of you, answer a question? Any question? Without pulling your punches and shutting down your brain pans to bloviate. Yeah direct from that guy who would certainly invite any of you in the crowd of rock solid conservatives into his Words with Friends circle.
    He throws good chum sound bites for the peanut gallery as well.

  18. brian said at 12:52 pm on August 7th, 2012:

    Go back to the daily shopper “Joe”

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