SEATTLE - A Facebook fan page devoted to lobbying fast food restaurant Chick-fil-A to open an eatery in Seattle has suddenly decided it no longer supports the idea.
The change of heart by the administrator of the ‘Seattle Wants Chick-fil-A’ page comes amidst a growing national debate swirling around public statement’s by the company’s top executives against same-sex marriage.
The about section of the fan page now reads:
A page FORMERLY dedicated to giving the Chick-fil-a company a reason to expand their franchise to Seattle. Given Chick-Fil-A's stand on gay marriage, I think Seattle is better off without them.
The page was originally created May 18th 2010.
“Not having Chick-fil-a in Seattle makes my 5 month old son very sad,” read the first status update.
The fan page grew to more than 200 likes over the past two years.
While the administrator of the page has been vocal about the position change not everyone who ‘liked’ the page initially is cheering the flip-flop.
“Since you no longer live up to the title of this sight [sic] I am going to unlike this page,” wrote one fan. “Someone needs to start a page for those of us who still and even more so want a chick-fil-a here!”
There has been no public indication the chain has ever even considered opening in the Seattle area. The nearest Chick-fil-A is in Boise Idaho.
However efforts this week to open restaurants in Boston and Chicago have been met with opposition from political leaders in those cities.
The controversy regarding Chick-fil-A began last week when company President Dan Cathy was quoted in the Baptist Press saying he was “guilty as charged” for supporting “the biblical definition of the family unit.”
Cathy went on to say the Atlanta based company is family owned and family-led.
“And we are married to our first wives,” continued Cathy. “We give God thanks for that.”
Voters will decide the fate of same-sex marriage in Washington State in November when Referendum 74 will appear on the ballot.