Twitter trouble erupts over Chick-fil-A “kiss-in”

Chick-fil-A is at the center of a gay rights storm, and on Friday evening, same-sex couples will mark National Same-Sex Kiss Day at the restaurant chain.

However, not everyone is happy about this, with some tweeters threatening violence if they happen to see a gay couple kiss while picking up their chicken.

The fallout began after company president Dan Cathy confirmed he opposed all marriages but “traditional” ones. The Muppets ended a partnership with Chick-fil-A, the company earned a number of satirical Yelp reviews, and we fact-checked a number of photos which went viral.

Those in support of Cathy’s stance flooded Chick-fil-A restaurants Wednesday. More than half-a-million people RSVPd to a Facebook event for the “eat-in,” and Sarah Palin was among those who participated. Chick-fil-A set a single-day sales record as a result.

Couples participating in Friday’s event are encouraged to submit photos to a Tumblr blog chronicling the occasion, which has caused much consternation on the Web.

Some are posting threats, while others are bemused that a fast-food restaurant chain has become the focal point for the national gay marriage conversation.

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Kris Holt

Kris Holt

Based in Montreal, Kris Holt has been writing about technology and web culture since 2010. He writes for Engadget and Tech News World, and his byline has also appeared in Paste, Salon, International Business Times, Mashable, and elsewhere.