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Chick-fil-A at center of controversy

A group of gay-rights and same-sex marriage supporters protest in front of Chick-fil-A restaurant in Hollywood on Friday. LGBT supporters declared Friday to be National Same Sex Kiss Day and encouraged others to show up at Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide to stage a “kiss-in.”  (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
A group of gay-rights and same-sex marriage supporters protest in front of Chick-fil-A restaurant in Hollywood.  (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Protesters take photos while Jason Arca, left, kisses James Mays, both of Los Angeles, in front of Chick-fil-A restaurant in Hollywood. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Passenger in a vehicle show their support for a group of gay-rights and same-sex marriage supporters protesting in front of Chick-fil-A restaurant in Hollywood.  (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Gay pride flags are held up during protest in front of the Hollywood Chick-fil-A restaurant.  (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
A Chick-fil-A in Torrance was graffiti-vandalized overnight. Employees arrived Friday morning to find the words “Tastes like hate” scrawled in large black lettering, mimicking the chain’s advertising, across a wall. The nationwide chain has been the focus of a debate over same-sex marriage, freedom of expression and other social issues. Read more (KTLA)
An anti-Chick-fil-A protester holds a sign outside a restaurant in Hollywood. Thousands of Americans turned out Wednesday to feast on fried chicken in a politically charged show of support for the family-owned fast-food chain which opposes same-sex marriage. Long lines and traffic jams were reported throughout the American heartland after 630,000 people declared on Facebook they would take part in a “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.” (Robyn Beck / AFP/Getty Images)
Anti Chick-fil-A protesters hold signs outside a restaurant in Hollywood.  (Robyn Beck / AFP/Getty Images)
Gay rights activist Will Coutret of Albuquerque, dressed in a cow costume, advertises free chicken sandwiches donated by Roma Bakery and Deli as a way of protesting “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”  (Greg Sorber / The New Mexican)
Cranberry resident and gay rights supporter Sara Buggy stands as a lone voice in opposition to the hundreds of people who crammed the Cranberry, Pa., Chick-fil-A on Wednesday. (Philip G. Pavely / Tribune Review)
Hundreds of customers line up to get in the Chick-fil-A restaurant in Laguna Niguel. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Tammy Weaver, center, places her order at the Chick-fil-A restaurant in Laguna Niguel. Supporters of the company whose executives made comments about gay marriage turned out in huge numbers here and across the nation. Weaver, who drove 20 miles from her home in Ladera Ranch to support the cause said, “I’m in favor of Biblical marriage.” (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Hundreds of customers line up to get in the Chick-fil-A restaurant in Laguna Niguel. Supporters of the company whose executives made comments about gay marriage turned out in huge numbers across the nation. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
In Columbus, Ga., customers wait in a long line at a Chick-fil-A on Wednesday, when supporters of company President Don Cathy’s stance on what he calls “the biblical definition of the family unit” were encouraged to make a statement by patronizing the chain. (Mike Haskey / The Ledger-Enquirer)
In Myrtle Beach, Fla., Brenda Howard, left, joined friends Cecelia and Hines Pegram in displaying the Chick-fil-A logo on their cups. (Charles Slate / The Sun News)
In Enid, Okla. customers flood the Chick-fil-A location at Oakwood Mall. (Billy Hefton / Enid News & Eagle)
In New Bern, N.C., customers line up outside a Chick-fil-A restaurant on what onetime presidential candidate Mike Huckabee declared Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. (Chuck Beckley / Sun Journal)
Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst begins Tuesday, voting day, by visiting a Chick-fil-A in Austin. In the Texas runoff for the Republican ballot spot for a U.S. Senate seat, Dewhurst faced tea-party-backed candidate Ted Cruz. Dewhurst lost. (Ricardo Brazziell / Austin American-Statesman)
Chick-fil-A vice president of public relations Donald A. Perry, shown in an undated photo, died Friday at age 60 in the midst of the company’s high-visibility moment in the marriage debate. (Peter Frey / Chick-fil-A)
The Cathy family founded Chick-fil-A. In this Dec. 14, 2009, photo, founder S. Truett Cathy, left, and son Dan Cathy celebrate passing the $3-billon dollar mark in system-wide sales. (Elissa Eubanks / Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
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