A Chick-fil-A food truck in downtown Washington was targeted by protesters after the fast-food chain's president came out candidly against same-sex marriage on religious grounds. "Ho-ho, hey-hey, Chick-fil-A is anti-gay," chanted a young crowd of around 20-odd demonstrators, with no apparent impact on the steady flow of patrons picking up chicken sandwiches and nuggets under the hot midday sun. Mainly present in the southern United States, but expanding into other parts of the country, Chick-fil-A is as famous for its Christian values -- it never opens on Sundays -- as it is for its menu. But its president Dan Cathy angered gay rights groups and their allies when he criticized marriage equality, saying last week that Americans are "inviting God's judgment" by accepting the idea that two people of the same sex can wed. Elected officials in Boston and Chicago have gone so far as to tell Chick-fil-A to stay out of their towns, while the Jim Henson Company said it would no longer supply its famous Muppets toys to the family-owned chain. Dan Rafter of the Human Rights Campaign, organizer of Thursday's protest, told AFP that Chick-fil-A (pronounced "chick-fil-eh") has a "long history" of funding groups that oppose greater rights for gays and lesbians. "We're here to educate consumers," he said. "The Cathys have their personal beliefs, and that's fine ... but there's a difference between personal beliefs and having them dictate your company's decisions and donations." Some customers sympathized with the protesters, but only up to a point. "The issue isn't the restaurant," said lawyer Joe Esposito, 26, as he waited to place his order. "It isn't that there's discrimination in the restaurant -- that would be illegal and not acceptable. "The food isn't anti-gay, just the owner," added law-firm employee Catie Butler, 21, who described Chick-fil-A's fare as "the best fast food there is."Source: AFP << New Paths to HIV Control Suggested by 'Cure' Research Using Eyes to Write in Cursive– A Boon for Those Who are Pa... >> Recommended Reading Poll Finds 53 Percent Americans Want 'Gay Marriage' to be Legalized A survey has revealed that fifty-three percent of Americans have supported for the first time a move to make gay marriage legal. READ MORE San Francisco Supporters Vow to Fight Gay Marriage Ban Gay marriage supporters faced off with police in San Francisco after the California Supreme Court upheld a voter-approved ban on same-sex weddings. READ MORE One More US State may Soon Allow Gay Marriage The northwestern US state of Washington may soon permit gay marriage after a favourable vote was cast by a renowned lawmaker. READ MORE Gay Marriage Bills Put Before Australian Parliament Today two bills calling for the legalization of gay marriage were introduced to Australia's parliament. READ MORE Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Hunger Fullness and Weight Control An erratic way of eating or any metabolic disturbance in the hunger fullness signals is one of the major causes of obesity. READ MORE Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married? The stigma linked to staying single is gradually disappearing. More people opt to stay single and many even claim to be happier. But there are both advantages and disadvantages to staying single. READ MORE Label Lingo on Food Items: Decoded Read on to become a “pro” in “label reading” and don’t get tricked by fancy promotions of food product manufacturing companies. READ MORE Lifestyle Modification: No Big Deal! Simple and practically possible lifestyle changes can make a huge difference in improving our health status without actually putting much effort. READ MORE Nutri Bar - A Healthy Snack or Sham? Commercially available deep fried snacks are unhealthy. Though energy dense but they lack essential nutrients. Alternatively, nutri bars are a healthy on-the–go snack option. READ MORE Processed Foods Processed or convenience foods require less time and energy for food preparation. Most of the processed foods are healthy with nutritional values. READ MORE Why Do We Eat - Nutrition Facts The importance of eating food and the physiological, psychological and social functions of food. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Blood Donation - Recipients Accident and Trauma Care Pregnancy Confirmation Calculator More News on: Processed FoodsWhy Do We Eat - Nutrition FactsDiet Lifestyle and Heart DiseaseHow to Save your marriageLifestyle Modification: No Big Deal!Divorce: Pros and ConsHunger Fullness and Weight ControlLabel Lingo on Food Items: DecodedNutri Bar - A Healthy Snack or Sham?Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?