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Mon, Jul 30, 2012 -- 9:00 AM

Chick-fil-A Flap


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Protesters of Chick-fil-A hold a mid-day demonstration organized by the Human Rights Campaign in Washington on July 26, 2012.
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Protesters of Chick-fil-A hold a mid-day demonstration organized by the Human Rights Campaign in Washington on July 26, 2012.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee last week joined other big-city mayors in telling fast food chain Chick-fil-A that its stores are not welcome in their cities. The controversy started when the company's owner stated his opposition to same-sex marriage and support for "the biblical definition of the family unit." We discuss the risks and benefits for companies that wade into politics and social issues. Does a company's politics play into your buying decisions?

Host: Scott Shafer

Guests:

  • Andy Bagnall, vice president of client services, Global Advertising Strategies Inc.
  • Bryan Fischer, director of issue analysis, American Family Association
  • Debra Saunders, columnist, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Richard Socarides, longtime gay rights advocate and former Clinton White House senior adviser
  • Tim Calkins, professor of marketing, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

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