Lesbian Mom Asks Chick-fil-A President to Meet Her Family

The Georgia-based fast food chain has been catching flak for president Dan Cathy’s statements against same sex marriage.

Marci Alt, a lesbian mother of two from Atlanta, has launched a Change.org petition urging Chick-fil-A 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.”

Alt’s Change.org petition has garnered more than 20,000 signatures since it launched, all responding to .

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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.”

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Rick Paul August 08, 2012 at 01:45 PM
What a shame he does not believe as she does !!! Oh wait, or is it what a shame she does not believe as he does ???? Its called personal preference, she used it and he used it.....Let it go.
Pam J August 08, 2012 at 02:15 PM
I don't believe in same-sex marriage, and I know a gay couple who were able to adopt a child. Knowing them did not make me change my mind. This woman is like most gays - they try and bully you into changing your mind. I'm of the belief that you can have sex with whomever you want, but I still believe in a man-woman marriage. And we are still talking about a chicken fast-food restaurant. And one man. This has gotten way too much press.
d Turner August 08, 2012 at 03:33 PM
I'm sure Marci Alt and her family are great people! I'm also sure that Mr. Cathy would probably have a delightful time having dinner with this family. In fact, I'm sure I would enjoy dinner with them too. Meeting with them and learning more about them would undoubtedly give him insight and perhaps some new friends, but would not likely change his position on the definition of marriage. That's ALL Dan Cathy spoke about--his faith and the definition of marriage that he believes in. I don't dislike gay people and I am not homophobic. I merely agree with the traditional and Biblical definition of marriage. We all have a right to our own beliefs.
GaPatriot August 08, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I served to protect Ms. Alt's freedom of speech to criticize Mr. Cathy's view of marriage, as well as Mr. Cathy's freedom of speech to state his view of marriage. That is all this flak is about - a group of people disliking a person's statement concerning his personal view of marriage and wishing to squelch his freedom to speak while seeking to speak out about their opposing views. Ms. Alt, perhaps you would be better served to invite the thousands of orphans that the Cathys have helped by providing group homes with a house parent, or the thousands of children who have received college scholarships from the Cathys whose parent(s) worked for the company. Maybe Dan Cathy would rather meet with the thousands of children your group has provided homes and or scholarships. Wait, that would probably be none.


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