New York's first free-standing Chick-fil-A had a line stretching down the block on opening day — thousands of people dined there yesterday. The sidewalks in front of the restaurant were also full of vegan and LGBT rights activists who were protesting the chain's opening. At one point in the afternoon, a group of Born-Again Christians also showed up to heckle the LGBT activists in attendance. As you might have heard, Chick-fil-A's super religious CEO Dan Cathy has been very vocal about his opposition to same-sex marriage. In the past, Cathy and a charitable group affiliated with the restaurant donated millions to organizations that aimed to thwart gay rights initiatives. The Post notes that the company insists that it "does not have an opinion as an organization" about same-sex marriage.
The activists from Collectively Free held up signs with messages like "Justice knows no sexuality," and "Animal liberation now." Some protestors from this group were also chanting "We're here, we're queer! Get used to it." The Born Again Christians were heard shouting "Sodomy is a sin! God hates gay!" Head over to Gothamist for photos from a heated moment outside the restaurant yesterday afternoon.
Here's a look at the scene inside the restaurant during the protests: