Vallejo doesn’t need more division


By:  United Democrats of Southern Solano County
Bayard Rustin LGBT Democratic Club of Napa and Solano Counties
Better Vallejo



In Napa, the 4th of July Parade became the subject of controversy when the person selected for parade grand marshal made inflammatory, anti-gay statements. An inclusive and uniting resolution was brought about. Heartfelt apologies were offered by Meritage Resort and Spa, and the Napa Rotary Club, and were gratefully accepted. Important understandings were reached about the pain and division this process caused and the issue has been declared a victory as a new process will be used for next year’s selection.

Compare this with our own Vallejo issue regarding a business making inflammatory, anti-gay statements, discriminating, and asking to do business here. in 2013, Dan Cathy, the president and COO of Chick-Fil-A, called the U.S. Supreme Court decision which gave marriage equality to Californians, and overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, a “sad day for our nation.” and said that our “founding fathers would be ashamed of our generation” for merely declaring that all people deserve the right of marriage to the person they love. Cathy broke the promise he had made earlier when he said that he would stop issuing such anti-gay statements.  That promise came after Cathy had condemned same-sex supporters as being of “deprived minds” and said they were “prideful and arrogant” and were “inviting God’s judgment” on the nation. He stated in no uncertain terms that he believes gay people are inviting the complete destruction of society and culture by pursuing marriage equality.

Cathy also promised he would stop using the profits from Chick-FIl-A to fund groups such as the SPLC-identified anti-gay hate group Focus On The Family,  the American Family Association, and others. Not only did Cathy break that promise too, he doubled down the very next year, giving another $4 million to anti-gay causes.  After the ensuing controversy, Chick-Fil-A released a statement saying that the corporate foundation would “leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena,” and not support anti-LGBT causes. 

When a local group of Vallejo representatives directly asked spokespersons from Chick-Fil-A to explain the doubling of funds, they backpedalled and claimed that this was due to a “lag” in the accounting process for the donations. How could that be if they had already stopped funding anti-gay groups, as they claim, before the news broke? Chick-Fil-A president and COO Dan Cathy denies that Chick-Fil-A’s history of donations to anti-gay groups proves the company is “anti-gay.” Cathy argues that Chick-Fil-A has “no agenda against anyone,” and that the company will not “champion any political agendas” relating to marriages or families but would nonetheless “continue to offer resources to strengthen marriages and families.” It’s very convenient for them to say now that have no any political agenda, after giving millions to further their anti-gay causes. 

But what they don’t say, is that their corporate foundation still conducts marriage counseling at their private conference center in Georgia, where gay couples are still unwelcome and prohibited from participating. These counseling programs are funded though Chick-Fil-A, run by members of the Cathy family, and cosponsored by hate group Focus on the Family’s National Institute for Marriage which says they will work against same-sex marriage and against hate crime legislation. They also promise to support reparative therapy, the same therapy that was outlawed in California for minors due to its contribution toward depression and suicides. Chick-Fil-A has donated millions of dollars to fund reparative therapy through Exodus International, the discredited organization which is now defunct after the founder admitted that the therapy has never been successful in changing gay persons into heterosexuals. It’s also unclear if they have really stopped funding these organizations, or merely found other means to hide the donations, as they did before. 

Representatives of the community in Vallejo offered Chick-Fil-A an opportunity to give our community a new promise, one stating that they will practice non-discrimination when it comes to all customers and employees, including those who are in same-sex marriages, as required by our California Constitution. Chick-Fil-A declined. Why would they not want to make a statement which merely says “We at Chick-Fil-A proudly stand in support of all married couples in California in committed, loving relationships, who participate in the civic lives of their communities?” After all, they claim not to be anti-gay and say they only want to “strengthen marriages and families.” It’s the law in California, and the right thing to do. 

It’s clear that they don’t really believe equality applies to the couples and their children in legally-recognized same-sex marriages. They also refuse to apologize for anything they have said, or done and when asked about their anti-gay views, Cathy will only say he is “guilty as charged.”

We just can’t trust Dan Cathy and Chick-Fil-A when they claim they are not anti-gay. On July 22, Chick-FIl-A will ask our city council to grant them special accommodations to make changes to our general plan, putting in drive-thrus where they are prohibited, and creating dangerous traffic patterns in congested areas. They seem to want Vallejo to accommodate them, but are unwilling to accommodate us. They want special permission to run a business in our town, so they can send the majority of the profits back to their headquarters in Georgia, where there are no laws protecting same-sex couples, or LGBT employees, or citizens, and where they can dictate how they spend those profits, even giving it to hate groups.  Even if a local operator runs the local store, that operator is chosen and vetted through Chick-Fil-A, required to take training in Georgia at their headquarters, and the rents and profits generated travel back to Georgia to fund their anti-gay agenda. Until Dan Cathy can show even a modest understanding of the pain and suffering he has caused, and the lives his callous and indifferent actions has negatively impacted, our City Council should not give a business which is so divisive and non-inclusive a free pass to discriminate.

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'Vallejo doesn’t need more division' have 16 comments

  1. July 5, 2014 @ 11:18 am DecentAmerican

    we do not need another entity claiming to be “holy” or “better” and disrespect other groups who are all AN INTEGRAL PART OF VALLEJO, CALIFORNIA & THE U.S.A. whether these ignorant people like it or not.

    Wake up and feel the 7-billion humans on the planet …. you don’t have to agree 100% all the time with everyone, but learn to collaborate, tolerate and co-exist.

    Thank you for respectfully publishing awareness boosting information for all to see, BETTER VALLEJO / DEMOCRATS OF SOLANO.


    • July 6, 2014 @ 8:38 am Chuck

      I do not agree with Chick-Fil-A but they do have a right to there opinion. As consumers we have the right to shop elsewhere….


  2. July 5, 2014 @ 11:21 am DecentAmerican

    we do not need another entity claiming to be “holy” or “better” and disrespect other groups who are all AN INTEGRAL PART OF VALLEJO, CALIFORNIA & THE U.S.A., whether these ignorant people like it or not!

    Wake up and feel one with the 7-billion humans on the planet …. you don’t have to agree 100% all the time with everyone, but learn to collaborate, tolerate and co-exist.

    Thank you for respectfully publishing awareness boosting information for all to see, BETTER VALLEJO / DEMOCRATS OF SOLANO.


  3. July 5, 2014 @ 4:59 pm tramky

    There is massive arrogance, and it comes from missives such as THIS one, which is ALL a mass of hatred and divisiveness. It is actually quite disgusting to read this bilious crap, a wretched attempt at disinformation and blatant lies.

    The temerity and hatefulness to try to gin up the history of global humanity and societies around the world for thousands of years as somehow particularly egregious in comparison with the raft of other injustices and disasters–perceived or imagined–that have been in existence in the world simply withstands no rational test. For example, why not take this issue to the Muslim world rather than foisting it on the people of Vallejo? You want a fight about same-sex marriage I’m sure that Islam and its mullahs will provide it.

    But this gaggle involves the low-hanging fruit of our politically correct America and our provincial, narrow views. You actually demand that a handful of know-nothing local bureaucrats deny business licenses on this kind of deep-seated social matter! A matter that has been, let’s not forget, set mostly by a handful of hack judges who in their massive hubris overturned clear-cut and legitimate statewide votes in multiple states, including California. In my view those judicial overturns are ALL illegitimate and illegal. A social institution such as marriage is, of course, for the people of this nation to decide upon, not anyone else–especially not a group of guys in black robes acting illegally.

    Bu on to the finer point in all this. I now hold to the view that the government–Federal and state–get out of the marriage business altogether. Particularly in the tax and legal codes. No more ‘married filing jointly’ and all the rest of it. Redraft the tax codes to accommodate the supposedly long-term social relationships if we wish, but get rid of the entire marriage structures that exist. What does love and marriage have to do with taxes? This whole issue with same-sex marriage has revealed that government has no role in it; perhaps society has moved on.


  4. July 5, 2014 @ 8:03 pm Craig

    The Bayard Rustin LGBT Democratic Club never agreed to this letter. A rogue member of the Club has used the Club’s name without authorization. The Club did discuss this matter at its March 2014 meeting and chose not to pursue the matter.

    Craig Scott, Interim President of the Bayard Rustin LGBT Democratic Club


    • July 7, 2014 @ 5:28 am tramky

      So the Bayard Rustin LGBT Club WAS complicit in this hateful missive after all. This IS a rogue operation of politically correct hatchetmen.

      Understand that everything said by the same-sex proponents about the ‘other side’ applies to THEMSELVES as well. Hatred, tolerance, divisiveness, tolerance for the views of other and all the rest. All of that applies to the LGBT haters as well. You should listen to yourselves, full of vitriol, hate and lies. Credibility is missing in huge quantities.

      The personal attacks, the rabble-rousing, the pure, unadulterated hatreds that spew from your mouths and fingers on keyboards present a disgusting commentary on the so-called LGBT movement. Hubris, arrogance and a kind of social terror are the language of at least some on the LGBT front. Frankly, you have some wingnuts in the mix and you’d better get rid of them. Rogue writers?! The complicit sympathy–or simply lazy inaction–of the entire group to the rogue blatherings does not serve the Bayard Rustin group at all, but perhaps it is just a flash in the pan with no longevity and will be quickly forgotten.


  5. July 6, 2014 @ 1:05 pm Anonymous

    So, the “tolerant” among us are showing their hypocrisy again. I absolutely love it when you show your true colors. You are orgasmic over the concept of “diversity”, until there is diversity of thought or opinion. We certainly can’t have any of that!!! You do not get to dictate how people feel about issues or who they choose to donate their own money too. If you don’t like the owner’s religious views don’t eat there! It is as simple as that. If you folks had everything you wanted for our society, we would all live in dumpy, broken towns like Vallejo, with very few police officers to deal with the welfare class you would be supporting with your 60-70% tax rate. Graffiti, garbage/litter, never-ending ghetto noise, crime and a public school system that has been completely destroyed and you are upset about Chick-Fil-A. I suggest you all pick up a copy of Animal Farm or 1984. The only thing you accomplish with your misguided “progressivism” is the ghettoization of American culture.


    • July 6, 2014 @ 5:15 pm Anonymous

      And so the “progressives” are responsible for the downfall of Vallejo? It seems to me that the same old conservative and corrupt of Vallejo have had control of this town since before the 60s and what you’ve got exactly what you’ve brought about. I don’t think you have anyone but yourself to blame. You use the example of Vallejo as what would happen if “progressives” had their way, but in fact you fail to lie the blame where it belongs, those who have run this town and made all the decisions for decades.


      • July 8, 2014 @ 6:41 am Anonymous

        Ding ding ding!!! Yes, now you’re getting it. Progressive=soft on crime, when it should be Vallejo’s first priority. Oakland, Chicago both progressive. We are seeing it happen on a much wider scale with our current inept President. One simple illustration is the crisis at the Mexican border. Progressives like to legislate and create programs that make them feel warm & fuzzy, and significantly more enlightened than people who are logical and reasonable. There is never any accountability and it can definitely NOT be a result of misguided priorities and policies. But you can not deny the obvious, because we can all see it unfolding in front of us. So, you get irritated and angry when someone points out the truth. And before you call me a right wing conservative (as if that is so horrible), I voted for our incompetent President the first time.


      • July 8, 2014 @ 6:46 am Anonymous

        Another good example of what I am trying to describe….the reaction to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare mandates surrounding birth control. In an effort to whip up the ignorant masses, progressive democrats including your anointed Saint Hilary, blatantly lied about what the ruling actually contained, opting instead to use vague language to leave the impression that those mean Republicans want to make birth control illegal. It is embarrassing to watch.


  6. July 6, 2014 @ 1:22 pm Salty Dog

    Some, not all,of my best friends are into same sex stuff. And some of my favorite food is greasy, fast food , deep fried chicken. And Obama is turning out to be one of the most under performing Presidents, ever. None of which is connected.

    But, still got my friends, still clogging the arteries and very much fervently hoping Obama doesn’t do anything irrevocably stupid before his term is completed. Pass the free society chicken, please.

    This has to be the silliest issue brought forward on this site.


    • July 6, 2014 @ 4:50 pm Hmmmmmmmmm

      This coming from the same person who says that the behavior of the African American community in Vallejo forced him to be a racist? Wasn’t that you?


  7. July 6, 2014 @ 6:17 pm Salty Dog

    As a matter of fact, no,that was not me.

    I have spent a good part of my life teaching and promoting diversity and multiculturalism in the classroom. That does not mean that I am comfortable with political correctness. But I am tired of the constant reference to race on all sides that almost forces normally neutral or well meaning people to take sides in a racist issue.

    Homophobia and its antithesis, political correctness at any cost, fits that same model in my opinion.

    I suspect, as is often the case on open forums, you may have misread my sarcasm in meaning and intent.


    • July 13, 2014 @ 8:35 pm wharf rat

      Salt is a carrear Educator and in fact a LIBERAL ARTS Major ! while he might be a self proclaimed “conservative” many of us know this is just plain BS … His liberalism leakes all over the place and frankly influences his statements … While we have gone toe to toe on many issues I can allways rely on Him for clarity of thought and just plain inate intelligence , with a twist of culture and a very dry humor that we both share due to our collective Ancestors … So instead of dogpilling , challenge him and enjoy the prose , tis a rarity these days ……….


      • July 13, 2014 @ 9:56 pm Salty Dog

        Why, how prescient of you, WF and thank you. You read me well.

        I have been around long enough now to suspect there are very few black/white issues (no pun intended,detractors). I add my polemic opinion because I am always curious about the human condition, both locally and afar and which usually intersect at some point. In that vein, I try to be provocative with my opinion knowing full well that also provokes disgruntlement for some. Like most, I seek understanding and insight as I wander across the political spectrum through time (I was once a card carrying Libertarian, Canadian branch). But,I much prefer to be grunteled.

        Otherwise, I am worms meat.


  8. July 18, 2014 @ 12:09 am Mr Guy

    No more division… says the guy with a big f***in’ acronym after his name.

    Be a normal. Stop being a letter in an acronym.


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