Marci Alt, a lesbian mother of two from Atlanta, has launched a Change.org petition urging Chick-fil-A President and COO Dan Cathy to meet with her family and have a conversation over dinner about family and faith.
Cathy recently became the subject of national controversy after making statements against same sex marriage.
“I hope Mr. Cathy will join my family for dinner, where we can share a respectful dialogue about our faith, work, and families here in Georgia,” said Alt. “Mr. Cathy has his opinion, but he should hear from us and from fellow Christians who disagree.”
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Alt began work with Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation in the midst of the media attention on Chick-fil-A with hopes that Cathy turns controversy into dialogue. Alt has been married to her wife, Marlysa, for eight years, and the two moms are raising two children.
“We're just like any other American family,” Alt said. “Our family enjoys family vacations, going to church and temple, and large cookouts with our extended family, friends and community. However, many loving American families like ours face unfair hardships because they are denied the chance to legally marry.”
Michael Jones, Deputy Campaign Director for Change.org, said that the popularity of Alt’s petition shows that tens of thousands want to turn this moment of controversy into a moment of conversation.
“More than 60 petitions have been started by Americans on Change.org in the wake of Dan Cathy’s comments on same-sex marriage and gay rights,” Jones said. “Marci’s petition is the first one from an LGBT family asking for a direct meeting with Chick-fil-A executives.”