ORLAND PARK - Illinois' most vocal and influential gay rights political action group, Equality Illinois is determined to make Chick-fil-A's owner Dan Cathy pay for his remarks in support of traditional marriage.
Equality's political director worked on House Speaker Mike Madigan's Issues Development staff for seven years. Randy Hannig is related to former State Rep. Gary Hannig, a key leader in the House Democratic caucus and the state's current IDOT head.
Hannig wrote an op-ed in the nationally-distributed USA Today this week, declaring that last Wednesday's Chick-fil-A support only reinforced Illinois' gay rights movement to accomplish their goal. That goal is ousting Dan Cathy's national fast food franchise out of Illinois - from corporate venues, universities and shopping malls. They have a plan to get it accomplished. From USAToday.com:
'In a petition, Equality Illinois is urging socially responsible business and institutional leaders across the country to challenge Chick-fil-A's discriminatory practices and end all relationships that enable the Chick-fil-A brand to operate on their premises.
We urge mall owners who rent space to Chick-fil-A to look deeply at the hateful organizations the company supports. We ask university officials to reconsider accommodating a business that ostracizes a large segment of their student body. We want corporate leaders who allow Chick-fil-A to do business in their offices to consider a new restaurant option during contract renegotiations.
We'd like all Americans to think twice before they bite into their next Chick-fil-A sandwich.
Better think twice before deciding which side of this argument is the real hatemongers.