Striking Against Gay Marriage: When Hunger Games Goes Terribly Wrong


Soooo … good luck with that.

In case you haven’t been watching the news or, you know, breathing, gay marriage is sort of acceptable these days. Of course, there will always be haters of any cause or group of people out there. Nevertheless, the world continues to stroll ahead and this planet continues to rotate on its axis.

So, when you hear of groups like the Family Foundation in Virginia going on a 40-day hunger strike to protest gay marriage, people don’t really take note of their position. Actually, they just wonder what they are leaving in the refrigerator and whether they can they feed the homeless with that stuff.

For 40 whole days, from Aug. 27 through Oct. 5, the Family Foundation announced all of its members will embark on a journey of hunger to protest gay marriage equality. The Virginia-based conservative Christian organization is calling the fast “40 Days of Prayer, Fasting and Repentance for Marriage.”

gay marriageApparently, Family Foundation executives got all up in a lather about this when Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring stated his belief that same-sex couples should have the same right to marry as interracial couples. That followed his unyielding support to uphold a Federal court ruling that declared Virginia’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

To wit, the Family Foundation decided to take their frustration out on local grocers. According to a statement released on the group’s website:

Our state and nation are mired in a morass of confusion and post-modern thinking that does not believe in absolutes nor that any truth can even be known. Nowhere is this more evident than in the current debate raging about what constitutes marriage. Pagan philosophies, a secular humanist education establishment and an entertainment industry that is absolutely determined in pushing the envelope on decency and morality have all combined to turn this great land into a country that our forefathers could not even begin to recognize.

Of course, Family Foundation thinks their cause is getting publicity via news stories floating around the Intertubes, which is a good thing…or is it? Is anyone screaming for justice because these people choose to deny themselves a three-piece chicken dinner at Popeye’s or, more probably, Chick-Fil-A?

They will be if a child goes hungry for that long, but that’s an entirely different kind of PR story all together. Until then, there will plenty more snacks on Virginia grocery store shelves and no will think twice. Unless it’s someone in the Family Foundation gazing longingly into the freezer questioning a microwavable dinner.

Publish date: April 30, 2014 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT