PORT JEFFERSON, New York --Protests over a plan to open a Chick-Fil-A on Long Island where the chain has gotten the go-ahead for a store in Port Jefferson station.
But gay rights activists are upset because company president opposes same-sex marriage.People may not be expecting these flyers with their sandwiches. But that's what they'll be getting when Long Island's first Chick-fil-A opens on this now defunct car lot in the town of Brookhaven. The CEO of Chick-fil-A made news two summers ago after speaking publicly about his staunch disapproval of gay marriage and then evidence surfaced showing the company made charitable donations to anti gay groups. David Kilmnick, the head of Long Island's GLBT Services Network is planning to orchestrate several protests outside this location when it opens. "This isn't a company we need in this community. This isn't a company that embraces the values of the Long Island community," he said. A spokesman for the fast food company said in a statement to Eyewitness News:
"The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect." The North Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce greatly supports putting the restaurant here. They say it will clean up this blighted area and create dozens of jobs. "They are going to employ 70-90 individuals. That's 70-90 jobs within this area is fantastic," said Jennifer Dzvonar. Fantastic to some, not for others.