Few partake in local Chick-fil-A “Kiss-In”

Published: Friday, August 03, 2012 @ 10:12 PM
Updated: Friday, August 03, 2012 @ 10:42 PM

A local Chick-fil-A drew few participants Friday night for an event aimed at protesting remarks made by the president of the fast-food chain, although business continued to be busy.

Last month, Dan Cathy, the president of Chick-fil-A, was quoted in The Baptist Press as saying: “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”

In response, gay rights activists and other supporters planned the National Same-Sex Kiss Day Friday evening. Turnout was low for the event at the Chick-fil-A on Miamisburg Centerville Road in Washington Twp., which got slammed with hundreds of additional customers Wednesday.

The restaurant continues to be busier than normal, said owner Marla Davis. Customers, across the nation, inundated the restaurants on Wednesday in a show of support for Cathy.

“Our philosophy here is to treat each customer with honor, dignity and respect. That’s the golden rule for us,” Davis said.

Managers there walked out to offer drinks and food to two people who stood on the sidewalk holding signs - one in support of gay and lesbian rights and the other representing the view that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

“Even though I’m not gay, I wanted to come out and show my support,” said Christina Barr, a 29-year-old stay-at-home mom of Fairborn. “People who are gay have families too. They want to live normal lives just like everybody else.”

The restaurant on North Fairfeild Road in Beavercreek had a busy lunch hour. Cones were set up in the parking lot to direct drive-thru traffic, but employees said this was standard protocol. The restaurant was not taking any measures to prepare for the “Kiss In.”

Bret Wendel, vice president and pride chair of The Greater Dayton LGBT Center, said several organized groups and volunteers planned to participate in the “Kiss In” Friday night.

“The mission of this night is not to discourage free speech,” Wendel said.

The biggest problem the LGBT community has with Chick-fil-A’s stance is their funding of anti-gay hate groups, Wendel said. Some of the groups the restaurant funds go out of their way to keep the LGBT community from receiving equal housing and employment opportunities, according to several news organizations.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, there are 29 cities and counties in Ohio that have anti-discrimination ordinances in place. Eleven protect individuals from employment and housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, including Dayton and Yellow Springs.

WinShape, a non-profit foundation supported by Chick-fil-A and founded by Cathy, donated over $1 million to the Marriage & Family Foundation as well as $37,000 to the National Institute of Marriage. Both of these organizations promote marriage between one man and one woman and have strong religious and traditional values.

Chick-fil-A also supports Exodus International, a Christian organization that attempts to correct gay and bisexual desires with reparitive therapy.

Wendel said Chick-fil-A encourages people to look down on the gay community by funding these groups.

“It encourages bullying,” he said. “We don’t think the business should get involved.”

Staff Writer Richard Wilson contributed to this report.

Harrison Twp. fires crews battling fully engulfed house fire

Published: Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 12:33 AM

Harrison Twp. fire crews are battling a fully engulfed house fire Sunday morning. 

Firefighters were sent to the 600 block of Syracuse Avenue around 12:22 a.m. 

Initial reports indicate crews arrived to find a house in the area fully engulfed in flames.

A portion of Syracuse Avenue remains closed as crews work the scene, according to scanner traffic.

We will continue to monitor this developing story and post updates to this page.

Roof reportedly collapses at Greene County home as crews battle fire

Published: Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 1:12 AM

The roof of a Greene County house has reportedly collapsed as fire crews battle a house fire Sunday morning. 

Crews were dispatched to the 3800 block of Wilberforce-Clifton Road outside of Clifton around 12:55 a.m. 

The fire was originally reported in a garage shortly before flames were reported coming from the roof of a house. 

Initial reports indicate the roof of the house has collapsed and crews ancountered heavy flames upon arrival. 

We will continue to follow this developing story.

2 West Carrollton women killed in Miamisburg crash

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 5:22 PM
Updated: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 11:10 PM

UPDATE @ 11:10 p.m.

Two West Carrollton women were pronounced dead at the scene of a crash early today in Miamisburg.

It was dark when police say a woman driving lost control on King Richard Parkway and drove up onto the curb and crashed into a tree in the yard of a Merry John Drive home. 

"Can you send an ambulance and police?" a caller tells a 911 dispatcher. "Uh, somebody just ran into our house with their car. The people in the car, I can't tell if they are moving or not." 

On Saturday evening, friends huddled around the crash site to remember 27-year-old Carol Pressell and 23-year-old Courtney Morgan Cole. Friends said the women were coming back home from a night out. 

The house was not damaged, but police said alcohol and speed were believed to be factors. 

Residents say speeding is a common problem in the 25 mph zone, where the road signs also say "Thank you for not speeding." 

"I see (motorists) speeding up and down the street all the time and I'll holler because the kids play up and down on the sidewalks," Aaron Collins said. 

Funeral services are still being planned for the two West Carrollton friends, and the crash also is still under investigation.

FIRST REPORT

Two West Carrollton women were pronounced dead at the scene of a crash early today in Miamisburg.

Crews were called around 2:15 a.m. to the intersection of King Richard Parkway and Merry John Drive.

Officers found a 2009 Ford sedan, occupied by Carol Pressel, 27, and Courtney Morgan Cole, 23, had apparently lost control, left the roadway and struck a tree, according to the Miamisburg Police Department.

According to 911 calls, the car struck a house in the 800 block of Merry John Drive.

Speed and alcohol are suspected to be factors in the crash, which remains under investigation, police said.

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Demonstrators march for science on Earth Day in downtown Dayton

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 7:42 PM

Demontrators took to the streets of Dayton today in the name of science.

These marches happened across the world as people defended science on Earth Day.

Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton was packed with 1,200 to 1,500 people of all ages. They chanted "save our planet," "know all the facts" and "science not silence" as they marched. 

"It's kind of upsetting to see how our government has been treating science," said Jessica Spanger, a local organizer. 

Some wanted to promote the fun side of science. 

"People don’t realize how interesting it is," said Ned Rasor, a physicist. 

Others said it's a politically charged event following recent changes in Washington. 

Organizers said the March for Science is bipartisan, and that they hope to get attention from both sides of the aisle. 

"We start influencing our policymakers to make evidence-based decisions rather than making decisions off of opinions or based off of what their lobbyists tell them to do," Spangler said.

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