Gay Rights Advocates Gather at Chick-Fil-A

Gay rights advocates made their way to Meridian's Chick-Fil-A on Friday evening to show their support for the gay community, following Wednesday's Chick-Fil-A appreciation day.

Newscenter 11 spoke with Sonya Carmichael and Aime Newman, a local gay couple. They say they hope their appearance Friday night will bring awareness to the need for equal rights for all couples. Carmichael and Newman say love is love and what they do in their personal lives doesn't affect anyone else. They tell Newscenter 11 they are not surprised by the support shown to Chick-Fil-A on Wednesday, but say they just want to be loved by everyone as well.

"Hey, it's the Bible belt," Carmichael says. "I mean I lived in Minnesota, I had all the rights holding hands. I could kiss somebody if I wanted to. I moved back here and everything is closeted."

"We have chosen not to keep them away because corporate-wide, we don't discourage them from being here," according to Blair Landwehr with Chick-Fil-A. "We want to serve whomever, love whomever."

Turnout for the event was low. Carmichael and Newman say they believe the weather was a contributing factor in that.

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