Well tomorrow is the Chick-fil-a Appreciation Day and Friday is the Chick-fil-A Same Sex Kiss-in.
Now regardless of how you feel about participating in either, perhaps the first concern is how does the franchise model apply? After all, if you are for Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A you don’t want to patronize a franchise which is pro sex sex marriage and if the Cathy family stands for everything you don’t believe in, you don’t want to hurt a locally owned same sex marriage friendly franchise.
Rest assured in either case. First, Chick-fil-A does not follow the standard franchise model. If you buy that chicken sandwich, it is not from a local owner. Chick-fil-A is a privately held company. Each physical location is owned or leased by Chick-fil-A. The restaurant is built by Chick-fil-A. The franchise operator rents the store from Chick-fil-A. He or she pays rent, 15% of the pretax profits etc to Chick-fil-A. The franchise operator can not sell the restaurant nor can it be inherited. And yes the rights can be revoked. There is a very long vetting process. And since the franchise operator is considered a contractor, usual U.S. labor laws do not apply.
So regardless of which side you are on, rest assured, that local restaurant you are supporting or protesting is mainly owned by the Cathy family.