Take Action: Donate the Cost of a Chicken Sandwich for Equality
Lambda Legal received an email this week from Sarah Cantor and Brian Real, graduate students in Maryland, letting us know that they and their friends were promoting a Facebook event they created called “Donate (the cost of) a Chicken Dinner to Marriage Equality Day.”
These students took action in response to the restaurant chain Chick-fil-A’s antigay stance, encouraging Facebook users all around the country to donate $6.50 (the cost of a chicken dinner) to an organization fighting for equality.
The swift reaction we have seen to Chick-fil-A’s anti-gay stance has highlighted something Lambda Legal has been saying for some time now: The winds of change are not coming ... they’re already here.
With marriage equality cases pending in Nevada, Illinois and New Jersey, and the recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear our case challenging Section 3 of DOMA, it’s clear that Lambda Legal is “hungry for equality.” We are honored that Sarah, Brian and their friends included us in “Donate (the cost of) a Chicken Dinner to Marriage Equality Day.”
Our fight for the full civil rights of LGBT people and those with HIV requires the participation of everyone. Activists like Brian and Sarah are bringing a unique voice to counter the voices of hate that continue to stand against equality. The more than three dozen companies—including Google, Microsoft, CBS, Xerox, eBay and other corporations (all much larger than a fast food chain)—that signed onto a brief in support of Lambda Legal’s DOMA challenge are sending the message that discrimination is bad for business. Lambda Legal supporters that make our groundbreaking legal work possible are making an investment in equality.
We still have work to do ... we must stay “hungry for equality” and continue to fight, but the winds are changing and more and more people are standing on the right side of history.