“Chick-fil-A Is Anti-Gay”: Protesters Hijack Zamboni at Cincinnati Hockey Game

They were thrown out and threatened with criminal trespass, but had already made their point.

Protesters rode the Chick-fil-A sponsored Zamboni Saturday night at a Cincinnati Cyclones hockey game, at U.S. Bank Arena, with signs reading, “Chick-fil-A Is Anti-Gay.”

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The protest signs were hidden inside of a birthday sign, according to the team’s Twitter account. The Cyclones condemned the action, noting the protesters had been removed from the playoff game.

Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Seelbach, who is openly gay, criticized the response in a Facebook post, arguing the team “can’t have it both ways.”

“You can’t pretend to be LGBT friendly by hosting a pride night, but also have anti-gay Chick-fil-A as a sponsor.”

“Moving forward, we have adopted a ’no signage’ policy on the Fan Zam, and we will be monitoring all riders to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again,” Cyclones spokesman Everett Fitzhugh told The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Fitzhugh added that the seven demonstrators have been threatened with criminal trespass should they ever return.

Chick-fil-A has come under fire for continuing to give money to anti-LGBTQ groups, despite claiming it would cease such donations, causing it to lose out on new restaurant locations on college campuses and in airports, in San Antonio and Buffalo.

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