"Kiss-ins" take place at Chick-fil-A

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Chick-fil-A protesters staged “kiss-ins” at Valley restaurants and across the nation Friday on the heels of Wednesday’s Chick-fil-A appreciation day.

The fast food restaurant chain recently came under fire after its president, Dan Cathy, spoke publicly against gay marriage.

However, hundreds of thousands of people flocked to Chick-fil-A restaurants to demonstrate their support of Cathy Wednesday.

Friday, girlfriends Kara Klassen and Katie Grower exchanged a quick peck outside the Chick-fil-A near the Paradise Valley Mall at Cactus and Tatum.

“It hurt my feelings to see everyone rallying against gay marriage. Even my father was here the other day to support them,” said Klassen.

“Being gay is not a bad thing,” said Gower. 

Friends snapped pictures of the couple kissing to post on the Facebook page National Same Sex Kiss day, which has thousands of followers and hundreds of pictures of same sex couples kissing outside Chick-fil-A restaurants.

The owner of the Chick-fil-A at Cactus and Tatum, Lourdes Hatten, had crowd control on hand as a precaution against any violent outbursts.

“We are being proactive in case it does happen, but we’re not expecting anything,” said Hatten.

Crowds were not nearly as large in the Phoenix area Friday as they were Wednesday, but that didn’t stop people on both sides of the issue from showing up.

Betty Hazelip dined at the restaurant on Wednesday, and was back again Friday to show her support for Cathy.

“I think he has the right to freedom of speech. The Christians have a right to say what they want to, and the gays can say what they want to,” said Hazelip.