‘Kiss-in’ has roots in ’70’s

A nationwide protest Friday was designed to counter the comments of Chick-fil-A’s president against same-sex marriage.

Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s statements against gay marriage have upset the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender community, so they staged a kiss-in at the fast-food restaurants nationwide.

Malcolm Lazin is head of Equality Forum, a national LGBT group. He says the kiss-in activism has its roots in the ’70s.

A similar protest occurred “against the American Library Association when gay and lesbian (books) were invisible in the card catalogs of this country,” Lazin said. “And that helped in a certain sense. In a certain sense, it made us visible. So, in this particular case, this is also a freedom of expression, freedom of speech.”

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Conservative groups turned out in force Wednesday at the fast-food restaurants to support Cathy.

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