Las Vegas came first
An online petition seeking a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Reno has attracted 34 signatures.
The petition is undated but a notation says it was posted two years ago, suggesting it was not posted in connection with the 2012 controversy when Chick-fil-A president and chief operating officer Dan Cathy told a radio host, “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.' I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”
Comments posted with the 34 signatures made little reference to the controversy. Just two mentioned it: “We love Chick-fil-A—not just their food but all they stand for!” “We need more businesses that know how to serve people and the Creator of the Universe!!”
A Chick-fil-A has announced for Las Vegas but not Reno.
Cathy later called his comments a mistake and reached out to an LGBT group, Campus Pride, to mend relations with the gay community. Cathy said he should not have inserted the corporation into the issue. “I think that's a political debate that's going to rage on, and the wiser thing for us to do is to stay focused on customer service,” he told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.