DES PERES, Mo. (KMOV) –A vandal spray painted an anti-hate message on a Des Peres Chick-Fil-A on Saturday in what appeared to be a response to the fast-food chain owners’ opposition to same-sex unions.
According to the store, someone spray painted “don’t hate” one of the store’s brick walls and "tastes like hate" on the drive-through path.
The vandalism comes just one day after gay rights activists and other supporters of marriage equality planned a “Kiss In” at Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country. Participants were encouraged to come to the fast-food chains and kiss a fellow demonstrator of the same sex.
The “Kiss In” was planned after hundreds of thousands of customers, many of them conservative Christians, recognized “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” at more than 1,600 locations.
The company said in a statement the turnout Wednesday made for “an unprecedented day,” although it says it doesn’t release exact sales numbers.
“The Chick-fil-A culture and 66-year-old service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect - regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender,” the statement said.
Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy stirred the controversy when he told a religious publication last month that the company was “guilty as charged” for backing “the biblical definition of a family.”
In a later radio interview, Cathy said: “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.”’
The Southern Baptist Cathy family has long been known for using biblical principles to operate its business, including never opening the company’s stores on Sundays.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.