It's a controversy about much more than fried chicken.
Supporters of the restaurant Chick-fil-A converged this week on the fast food franchise's locations across the country to show support for the Georgia-based company amid recent controversy regarding its stance on LGBT rights. Restaurants to attract such crowds including one on Route 228 in Cranberry and another on Costco Drive in Robinson Township.
Chick-fil-A found itself at the center of a controversy in recent days after its president said he and the company stand against gay marriage. The restaurant franchise has also made several high-price donations to organizations that oppose same-sex marriage, such as the Marriage & Family Foundation.
Sparking the debate:company President and COO Dan Cathy's views on same-sex marriage shared in an interview with the Baptist Press.
"We are very much supportive of the family and the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that."
The gay-rights group GLAAD has organized counter-protests at the chain, calling the effort "National Same-Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A." Gay rights activists are asking supporters to boycott Chick-fil-A and dine at competitors, such as KFC, in light of restaurant's stance.
In addition to the Costco Drive location, Chick-fil-A operates other franchises in the area at the Ross Park Mall in Ross Township, inside the Mall at Robinson food court and on Washington Road in Upper St. Clair.
The back-and-forth debate and events have raised a number of questions. Should fast-food franchises wade into social and political issues? Is it fair to boycott a business for comments made by a national corporate leader?
Where do you stand in the argument? Will you stop eating at Chick-fil-A in Robinson? Or do you stand behind the company's comments on same-sex marriage? Is the debate relevant to you? Share your thoughts in the comments.