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(c) by Mary Griggs

Every single person who deliberately ate at Chick-fil-a on Wednesday and claimed they did so to protect Freedom of Speech or Freedom of Religion is operating under a misconception.

Mr. Cathy and the entire Chick-fil-a family is allowed, under the US Constitution, to have beliefs which differ from mine and I will defend their right to express them and I will fight any attempt to silence them.

But this isn’t about Christianity, the 1st Amendment or two crucial pickles. It is about money from patrons being spent to fight the equal treatment of other patrons.

The 990′s filed with the IRS by WinShape are publicly available and show that money from Chick-fil-a is going to fund more than just summer camps to strengthen traditional marriage. It has given more than $5 million to groups like the Family Research Council and the American Family Association that spread lies and hate, that teach scientifically repudiated “ex-gay” therapy and that have worked to put into law death sentences for homosexuals. If there were any doubt about where your money is going, Herman Cain went on Fox News today to say that $30 million dollars from Wednesday’s Chick-fil-a Appreciation day is going to fund anti-LGBT groups.

The profit from that meal you just enjoyed is going to oppose my receiving equal treatment under the law. You and I both know there is not a single, credible, non-religious reason to deny equal rights to LGBT people. Instead of working to end injustice, however, you’ve just funded organizations that are working to deny other people rights that you possess.

LGBT activists aren’t trying to dissolve your marriage or criminalize your consensual sexual behavior. We’re not trying to make anyone a second class citizen or place undue taxes on anyone else’s relationships. Our rights aren’t special; they are the exact same ones you enjoy because you happen to have been born a heterosexual.

Please try to put yourself in our place. If someone you cared about came to you and told you that someone hurt them, would you respond by going out and buying lunch for the aggressor?

I’m not asking you to go on a hunger strike in solidarity of the LGBT community or even to support marriage equality.

All I want is for you to be mindful that the money you spent to buy that meal is being used to harm people you know and love.

Is it really worth that?

How about you donate the amount of that sandwich, waffle fries and drink to an LGBT equality organization like Forum For Equality? It is easy to donate, just click here!

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