So, there are people in the Contra Costa County who are vowing to stay away or even protest at the site of a new Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant when it opens in Walnut Creek in September. They strongly disagree with the anti-same-sex marriage views of the restaurant chain's CEO, Dan Cathy.
It remains to be seen if any protest in Walnut Creek gains more than the sparse attendance seen at kiss-ins held at Chick-fil-A's over the weekend. But it's likely that the Walnut Creek opening will remain controversial, given that Cathy's comments during an interview a few weeks ago sparked a relentless stream of articles, blog posts (like this one), opinion pieces, online comments, tweets and Facebook updates -- not to mention the Mike Huckabee-orchestrated "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" and then the same sex kiss-ins.
I've stated before my pro-gay rights and same sex marriage views. And, sure Cathy has his First Amendment rights to endorse a biblical view of traditional marriage. Likewise gay rights supporters have their First Amendment rights to call those views hateful and bigoted and urge people to stay away from his chicken sandwich restaurants.
Amid all this brouhaha is the fact that Chick-fil-A might never have landed in Walnut Creek -- if the owners of In-N-Out had gotten their act together and nabbed the North Main Street location where the new restaurant is under construction.
I have it on good authority that In-N-Out did scope at this location in a new development that also includes a 24 Hour Fitness. But In-N-Out executives nixed it because they were concerned their restaurant wouldn't have enough visibility to passing motorists on Interstate 680.
Instead, we all know they staked their hopes on another North Main Street location further north and just over the border in Pleasant Hill.
We also all know that choice wasn't too smart. It became at least as controversial as this new Chick-fil-A might be.
Neighbors in a Walnut Creek residential neighborhood next door to the proposed In-N-Out protested pretty vehemently. While admitting to being fans of In-N-Outs food, they didn't want this eatery so close to their homes. Their opposition forced the company to back down on its plans, at least for now.