Chicago, IL —
Countering Mike Huckabee's Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, Chicago's Hearty Boys will host Chick-fil-Gay Appreciation Day on August 1.
Steve McDonagh and partner Dan Smith, owners of the Hearty Boys
catering company and the Hearty Boys
restaurant, 3819 N. Broadway, will be serving fried chicken breast sandwiches on toasted buttered buns with pickles and a side of fries for $10.
The stylized sandwich by the Boys is similar to the popular chicken sandwich served by the Atlanta-based fast food chain.
Chick-fil-A has come under intense fire by gay rights groups after President Dan Cathy admitted to being anti-gay
during an interview published in the Baptist Press on July 16.
According to Equality Matters, Chick-fil-A has donated nearly $5 million to groups opposed to gay rights, including the Family Research Council (FRC).
The political firestorm took center stage last week in Chicago when 1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno said he would block
Chick-fil-A's attempt to open a second Chicago location in his Ward.
Conservatives rallied to Chick-fil-A's side with Huckabee and former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum urging their supporters
to patronize Chick-fil-A on Wednesday as part of Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.
McDonagh and Smith, both successful caterers, restaurateurs, authors and gay parents, said they wanted to use their voice to protect families like their own.
"We're dads. We're family men. As we hear the ugliness around us we choose to answer with grace and intelligence," McDonagh told ChicagoPride.com. "Its the family values we want to pass on to our young son."
In 2010 the couple invited Huckabee to dinner
after the former governor and 2008 Republican presidential hopeful likened gay parenting to adopting a puppy. Huckabee never replied to the couple's invitation.
The Hearty Boys
Chick-fil-Gay Appreciation Day will begin 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 1. All proceeds to benefit Equality Illinois
, a Chicago-based gay rights advocacy group.