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Residents sound off on Chick-fil-A flap

RamMitchell offers his opiniChick-fil-A controversy outside Chick-fil-A 30 E. Chicago Ave. Chicago Thursday July 26 2012.  | Brian Jackson~Sun-Times

Ramon Mitchell offers his opinion on the Chick-fil-A controversy outside of Chick-fil-A, 30 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, on Thursday, July 26, 2012. | Brian Jackson~Sun-Times

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“I wouldn’t want to hang out with [Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy] personally, but it’s not going to affect whether I eat there. I’m actually about to eat Chick-fil-A for the first time.” — Lucas Pearson, 23, of Ukrainian village, an Illinois Institute of Art photography student on his way to meet friends at the 30 E. Chicago location.

“He’s just saying how he feels. It’s a shame because Logan Square could have used that restaurant. I don’t think they’re going to hire gay people, but that’s not gonna stop me from eating there.” — Ramon Mitchell, 27, of Logan Square, who eats Chick-fil-A frequently and orders a regular chicken sandwich with pickles.

“If they’re anti-gay, I understand why people wouldn’t want to eat there. You’re alienating a huge group of people.” — Jackie Etchingham, a 23-year-old grad student at Loyola University’s social justice and community development program.

“It’s a big issue, but he has a right to his opinion, as does everyone else. It’s not going to keep me from eating it.” — Kimberly Swift, 38, of Bronzeville, who had just ordered a spicy chicken sandwich.

“I think the media is twisting it and making it seem like [Cathy] hates gay people. It’s a religious opinion. I’m Christian and can see where he’s coming from.” — William Perez, 25, of Logan Square.

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