As the Chick-fil-A brouhaha rages on—the controversy over president Dan Cathy’s comments about gay marriage have prompted everything from record sales and Friday’s protest “kiss-ins”—some news outlets are starting to ask the question of what it’s like to work at the chain amid the uproar. The Daily Beast featured a column from an anonymous gay employee for the chain, while The Huffington Post quoted employees (several anonymously) who report being subject to critical comments from the public.
But of course, it’s not just gay employees who support gay marriage. Numerous Chick-fil-A restaurants employ young people—many of them surely attracted, at least in part, by the company’s college scholarship program,
which offers $1,000 scholarships to some employees and has awarded more
than $30 million total. And judging by the statistics, the majority of
young people support gay marriage. (According to research by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life,
59 63 percent of millennials believe gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry legally; a Gallup poll puts support at 71 percent among 18- to 29-year-olds.)
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