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Chick-fil-A Opponents Stage Same-Sex Kiss-In

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On Wednesday, hundreds of thousands of traditional marriage activists ate "mor chickin" to support Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.  On Thursday, it is same-sex marriage allies' turn.

Gay marriage supporters are putting a romantic spin on traditional sit-ins, organizing "kiss-ins" outside of Chick-fil-A restaurants from Dallas to New York City to celebrate National Same-Sex Kiss Day.

"Basically what you're going to get is a bunch of pretty normal, average, everyday people that just happen to be gay or lesbian give each other a kiss or a hug, hold each other's hand, and really show them that we stand up for what we believe," said Marci Alt, who is organizing a protest outside the Chick-fil-A in Decatur, Ga., about 20 miles from the company's Atlanta headquarters.

While the spark for this week's protests both for and against Chick-fil-A stemmed from comments the company's CEO, Dan Cathy, made supporting traditional marriage, the issues driving people to the streets go deeper than one executive's words.

"For me why it's so important is, I don't believe anybody should have the ability to say, I'm not a good Christian, or I'm Jewish, that I'm not a good Jew because I'm gay," said Alt, who has been with her wife for 12 years and has two daughters. The couple have invited Cathy over to dinner, where they "can share a respectful dialogue about our faith, work and families here in Georgia," said Alt, who says she'll even make chicken.

Many of the Chick-fil-A supporters who turned out for Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day told ABC News that they chose to eat chicken sandwiches on Wednesday to support Cathy's First Amendment rights to express his opinion on marriage. 

Activists who are planning to turn out for Friday's kiss-off say it is not about speech, it's about action.  Chick-fil-A and the non-profit foundation WinShape that it supports have donated millions to anti-gay groups such as the Marriage & Family Foundation, the Family Research Council and the National Institute of Marriage, all of which support a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

"Yes, you're allowed to have your opinion, but when you start signing checks over to people who are against my community and trying to rip my family apart, I'm going to stand up," Alt said.

Alt said she expects "hundreds, hopefully thousands" of people to show up for the Atlanta kiss-in.  Other formal protests are planned in Dallas and New York City and hundreds of other informal kiss-ins are expected around the country.

"It is just a nice nonviolent demonstration of LGBT love," said Rome Frost, who is organizing a kiss-in outside of New York City's only Chick-fil-A location, at New York University. "It's to show how much support that we do have and how we can solve these kinds of problems in a very nonviolent and romantic way."

Frost said he expects between 150 and 200 people -- both gay and straight -- to show up for the New York City kiss-in, which starts at 8 P.M. ET.

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After Pressure from Vatican, Benetton Pulls Controversial Pope Ad

Fabrica(PARIS) -- The Vatican got its way on Wednesday after threatening to sue United Colors of Benetton for a digitally altered photo the international clothing retailer used in an ad that shows Pope Benedict XVI kissing Muslim cleric Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed El-Tayeb of Egypt on the lips.

Benetton promptly pulled the ad and issued an apology, saying, "the use of the image of the pope and the imam has so offended the sentiments of the faithful.  In corroboration of our intentions, we have decided, with immediate effect, to withdraw this image from every publication."

The image was part of Benetton’s "UNHATE" campaign -- launched Wednesday in Paris -- to promote tolerance.  However, the Vatican didn't particularly tolerate the photo of Benedict locking lips with a cleric, calling it a "totally unacceptable" show of "grave disrespect."

Other figures used in the Benetton campaign include President Obama kissing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu smooching Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

The White House expressed displeasure with the photo of Obama but won't sue, although it does object to the use of the president's image for commercial purposes.

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World Leaders Kissing? Benetton Introduces ‘Unhate’ Campaign

World leaders shown kissing in Benetton's Unhate ad campaign promoting tolerance. The digitally manipulated images are part of a new campaign. (Photo credit: Fabrica)(PARIS) -- At first, the images are shocking. President Obama planting a kiss on Chinese President Hu Jintao’s lips. German Chancellor Angela Merkel smooching economic rival French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

These images aren’t the latest political scandal. They’re a new ad campaign from Italian clothing company United Colors of Benetton called “Unhate.”

The images are digitally manipulated, but they send a pointed message. The newly unveiled UNHATE Foundation seeks to promote a culture of tolerance and combat hatred around the world, the company said in a news release.

The campaign was launched Wednesday in Paris.

“Unhate is a message that invites us to consider that hate and love are not as far away from each other as we think,” the campaign’s website explains. “Actually, the two opposing sentiments are often in a delicate and unstable balance. Our campaign promotes a shift in the balance: don’t hate, Unhate.”

The website features photos of banner versions of the images being held up “on the walls of locations symbolic of the desperately-needed peace process: Tel Aviv, New York, Rome, Milan and Paris,” the news release says.

The ads have already become a source of controversy. Luca Borgomeo, head of the Association of Italian Catholic Television Viewers, has called for the image of Pope Benedict XVI kissing Egyptian Imam Ahmed el Tayyeb to be removed.

The company is known for its striking, and often controversial, ads. Past ads have shown a priest kissing a nun, a white baby breastfeeding from a black woman and three human hearts with the words “white,” “black” and “yellow” printed over them.

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