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Y&R's Greg Rikaart On His Stance on Chick-fil-A Controversy & Melissa Reeves, plus Kevin's Latest Crime!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

The Young and the Restless Greg Rikaart (Kevin Fisher), who had made headlines for his stance and his blog on the Chick-fil-A controversy and fellow daytime, Melissa Reeves (Jennifer, DAYS),  is once again a topic in part of the conversation in a brand new interview out today from TV Guide!

However Rikaart, one of the most talented and best young actors on daytime, also had an intriguing new plot twist to deal with on the number one soap.  His soap alter-ego, Kevin Fisher is in hot water after being implicated in the sudden death of Dr. Tim Reid, all in part to trying to help the fiery Phyllis!   Here are a few interesting excerpts from the conversation with TVG below!

Rikaart on getting negative responses from people who thought he may be out of line or unfair with his online tussle with Melissa Reeves:  “It was very disappointing to read some of the responses. I did get a lot of support but the general tone of political discourse in this country is very disheartening. I was getting challenged by some people for having attacked Melissa Reeves when, frankly, what I said was anything but an attack. I expressed my disappointment that she has aligned herself with a company that promotes hatred and bigotry, and I stand by that. I welcome a conversation with her. It’s the only way people on different sides of an issue can meet in the middle and understand each other’s point of view. I would have loved that opportunity with Melissa but she blocked me from her Twitter account.”

Rikaart on how some people feel he attacked Melissa Reeves’ right to free speech:  “No one is saying that Melissa Reeves doesn’t have a right to free speech. Dan Cathy, the president of Chick-fil-A, is also entitled to his opinions and beliefs but he’s funding organizations that are hate groups, organizations that want to criminalize homosexuality in this country and throughout the world, and that’s where Melissa Reeves’ alignment is really disappointing to me. I am proud to stand up and be an advocate for LGBT rights. This is the last hurdle of the civil rights movement. I’m glad this is such a hot-button issue. I’m glad people are so impassioned about it, even the people who are against equality for all Americans because they are reacting out of fear, fear that the LGBT community is winning. And it is winning! Part of why I stand up and am proud to be an advocate is because this is less about grownups than it is about children. This is no different than kids being bullied in a schoolyard. People wonder why there is an epidemic of bullying in this country. Well, it’s because kids are learning it from the grownups, from people like Melissa Reeves who is a grown-up bully. I believe in respecting everyone’s religious beliefs but those beliefs don’t belong anywhere near my rights or anyone else’s.”

Rikaart on how Kevin’s on-screen brother, Michael (Christian LeBlanc) may even think that his sibling may have killed shrink, Tim Reid:  “Kevin is so ethically challenged it was only a matter of time before he and Michael were on opposite sides of the law, especially now that Michael is the D.A. Before this, Kevin always went to his brother for help. Not this time. He decides to lie to him, which only make things worse. Michael will insist that Kevin come down to the police station and meet with Beth face-to-face. But it’s really no crime to move a dead body…is it?”

Alright, dear soapers:  Rikaart has explained his position on the negative comments towards him and his stance with Melissa Reeves and Chick-fil-A.   Now, where do you stand after reading this?  And, are you digging Kevin’s latest ploy gone wrong that once again had landed him on the other side of the law?  Weigh-in!

 

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Jessi
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Jessi

He just called Melissa Reeves a bully for what she believes and yet said we are entitled to believe in what we want? I find this very two sided and confusing… just the fact he just called her a bully makes me not like him anymore. Whatever happened to loving others no matter what? Just cause Missy ate at Chick doesn’t mean she supports those organizations like Cathy does… he says he wants to talk to Melissa yet still goes to the public and says this…i find him more of a bully than Melissa at this point… maybe he should… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Greg Rikkart said… “I believe in respecting everyone’s religious beliefs but those beliefs don’t belong anywhere near my rights or anyone else’s.”

Thats why we have seperation of church and state. hanging on to religious beliefs, before the constitution… is misleading.

kay/kay
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kay/kay

Oh so get over it he got center stage for shooting his mouth off behind a computer. He is so yesterday!!!! Funny how you are a big man behind a computer would he come up to anybody’s face and shoot his mouth off I think not. JFP get rid of this troll!!!

Ces
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Ces

Who is this person? He’s a big nobody and Melissa Reeves doesn’t have to respond to him. First he says he didn’t attack Missy but then in the next paragraph he’s calling her a grown-up bully. Get over yourself dude.

Patrick
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Patrick

Greg Rikkart is not a non-entity. he’s a compassionate human being… who is advocating for our future generations… that all children have the same opportunities.

Blake
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Blake

You said it Patrick!

TS
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TS

He is not a nobody… he is a person with rights that have been denied for many many years… I applaud him for standing up for many people who do not have the forum that he has.. Very proud of him and who is he…

Christine
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Christine

First of all, I think the Chick-fil-A thing has been talked about to death so I glossed over that. I am commenting on his character of Kevin. It is not surprising that Kevin is at odds with his brother the DA since we have had 1. Daniel, 2. Phyllis, 3. Paul, 4. Abby, et al. As long as Michael is DA, everyone will be in trouble, though the fact that he is shielding Lauren is just so wrong. Let her confess and see what happens. She is a big girl. As for Kevin. When is this guy ever going to… Read more »

JMG
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JMG

I 100% agree that this is a form of adult bullying. Judging people because they are different than ourselves, out of fear. I agree that children learn this behavior from their parents and from the media. If Christians continue to put down/hold down/dismiss and discount the LGBT community – then the teenage bullies will continue to do so. Homosexuality isn’t going away – we need to be tolerant of each other despite our differences. In this country we have the separation of church and state and also the freedom of religion – so everyone shouldn’t have to believe in “your”… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

“I am proud to stand up and be an advocate for LGBT rights. This is the last hurdle of the civil rights movement”

,,,Greg Rikkart.

“Ditto.” … Patrick.

Patrick
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Patrick

“I stand up and am proud to be an advocate is because this is less about grownups than it is about children.”

…Greg Rikkart.

“Ditto.” …Patrick.

it’s about… stopping the cycle of closed minds. There’s no reason for angst between us… this division is effecting our future. The bigger picture of Equal rights is more than kind…. it’s loving.

toscanti
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toscanti

Whatever, move on to something new to discuss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TS
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TS

We will not move on until everyone has the rights that you have… have some compassion!!!

toscanti
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toscanti

I don’t have rights like everyone else as I am a gay guy, just tired of the complaining about this issue so please do not assume that everyone who is tired of hearing this is str8.

TS
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TS

It is your right and duty not to be stepped on by these people anymore… get up and be proud of yourself and don’t let yourself be bullied anymore Toscanti!!!!!!

Noelle Riley
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Noelle Riley

right on ! There is too much suppression regarding this topic .. why ???? Homophobia is alive and well … so tragic.

Patrick
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Patrick

“People wonder why there is an epidemic of bullying in this country”

…Greg Rikkart.

“Ditto”. …Patrick.

I will do my part to bring light to issues that lead us backward.

Civility.

Noelle Riley
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Noelle Riley

I agree .. Thank you.

Jeff
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Jeff

Well said Greg!! Also well said JMG; although I don’t think you truly do have separation of Church and State in America! Your right wing religious fanatics have way too much power IMO and that needs to change because your policies and actions affect us here in Canada.

Blake
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Blake

Jeff I am in the US and I totally agree with you!

Noelle Riley
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Noelle Riley

As do I. Thank you.

Jeff
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Jeff

What Rikart chooses to believe is that he has the right to follow anyone on Twitter and in that his own special universe that everyone has to answer to him. We all have the right to follow or unfollow anyone we want. You don’t get special dispensation because you’re gay and become queen of the universe. The fallback position for striking back at someone who doesn’t agree with is to call them bigots, bullies, or racists, and Rikart is guilty of that. The people who have posed for the NoH8 campaign with duct tape over their mouths have much more… Read more »

Noelle Riley
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Noelle Riley

OH Jeff .. you are not so correct.

allie
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allie

He is a big bully. I thought after 2o something days the story would dropped. But not with Greg he a professional bully. Its sad how he treats people.

TS
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TS

He is our Martin Luther King of our day! Go Greg Go!!!!!!!! Melissa has learned her lesson and is a better person now for all of this happening..

Noelle Riley
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Noelle Riley

Oh come on .. he’s no bully, for the right to FREELY EXPRESS HIS OPINION !

Patrick
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Patrick

@allie.

“…after 20 something days the story would be dropped.”

It’s disheartening how people are treated. I could use the cliche… if this saves and/or helps even one person…. well, that 20 days of bringing to light… is a lifetime of just tolerance for a lot.

allie
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allie

greg is the one that the bully and doing twitter and out in the media. Melissa mad one statement . Greg made 20 days worth of statement. He a bully.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

Greg says he “reached out” to Melissa, and he was willing to have a conversation, but she “blocked him on Twitter”. Get off of Twitter then, and call her on the phone! Or write her a letter, send her a personal email. Why does this have to take place in the public arena? Greg is an attention hog, and self-righteous as well. I can’t believe he’s still harping on this.

Patrick
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Patrick

“Why does this have to take place in the public arena?”

@maddiehayes.

I’m enlightened.

en·light·ened/enˈlītnd/Adjective: 1.Having or showing a rational, modern, and well-informed outlook.
2.Spiritually aware.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

Patrick, the trouble is, this is not a “well-informed” debate, it is full of hyperbole from the left. If I thought Chick-fil-A was even HALF as bad as the left has made it out to be, it would not be getting all the support it is today. I know I wouldn’t be supporting them. When I hear hysteria from the right OR the left, I go to snopes.com. BTW, in a recent poll of New Yorkers, only 13% are boycotting Chic-fil-A.

Noelle Riley
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Noelle Riley

This needs to be ” harped ” on.

EDDIE EMMONS
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EDDIE EMMONS

Is he openly gay?

Robert Seganti
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Robert Seganti

These are the inconsistent ramblings of a ,seemingly,very bitter and hate-filled person.If you disagree with Rikaart you are demonized and then he innocently states I attacked no-one. Then he goes on to call Ms.
Reeves a “grown-up bully” and ties her somehow to schoolyard bullying.That’s not an attack?Mr.Rikaart is
neither as smart nor as correct as he arrogantly believes he is.

Scott
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Scott

Mellisa is a bully and coward for not speaking up, she is the one with her head up her a##.

Blake
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Blake

Ditto!

Noelle Riley
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Noelle Riley

I could say that; but look at it from another point .. some might express the idea that she is doing the correct thing by NOT getting into this subject .. that her hesitation is statement enough … Often silence is the loudest scream … I do agree, however , that she might have countered with a statement. I also have the feeling that cowardice could be interpreted as her middle initial.

Trapper
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Trapper

Greg Rikkart is obviously a man of conviction. Good for him for standing up and calling bully. When someone is actively supporting an organization that not only donates but promotes hate groups, someone has to take a stand. Good for him. As JMG said, the LGBT community isn’t going away, and the sooner people realize that everyone deserves equal rights, the better off we will be.

Noelle Riley
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Noelle Riley

I think so, too. He took risks in composing that article. Career wise, he might feel the backlash of this. As another example, a young actor who originally portrayed ” Adam ” Chris Engen … abruptly left the show when he learned of a portentially ” homosexual ” scene with the character Raff … He ruined his own career doing so .. the manner in which he departed. Michael Muhney replaced him. I have not seen him on any production since. He was obviously homophobic. It may work both ways.

Toni Anne Longo
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Toni Anne Longo

I am proud to have Greg (as my fellow American) stand up for the right thing! It’s funny how he mentions the c***-*-* supporters are afraid the side for human rights is winning, because I just got back from school and my teacher mentioned change. Why do we need change?: To Grow, etc. Why don’t people want change?: Because they’re afraid, and they want to feel secure. In this matter, it’s also because they want to condemn people for what they think and what they believe in, because they think that will make the LGBT community turn “straight”. What can… Read more »

Noelle Riley
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Noelle Riley

Wonderful post. Thank you.

Michael
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Michael

Bullying is the consistent targeting of someone (or in this case a group of people) because they are vulnerable and/or different. It usually involves a real difference in levels of power which is why people have said that bullying is a gateway activity to future hate crimes and domestic violence. Neither of these actors has the capacity to bully the other in this circumstance–they are public figures and what they do and don’t stand up for is subject to disagreement, even vigorous disagreement. Them disagreeing with each other is not bullying (and neither of them has claimed that the other… Read more »

RLeternal
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RLeternal

This post is so inspiring, Michael. Homphobia and Racism, two of the biggest evils in our society and world. When will that day come when people are loved and accepted for whoever they are? No human is superior or better than another; we are all equal. Does not matter how we choose to live our lives. Life is the best and most precious gift, and everyone has a right to cherish it.

TS
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TS

I need an apology from Melissa…. I had been a fan of hers for over 20 years.. She needs to put a statement out instead of running away from the problem and having her friends speak for her….

Noelle Riley
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Noelle Riley

YESSSSSSSS !

Lynn Anderson
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Lynn Anderson

Selective outrage for Mr. Rikkart is very telling. Funny the self righteous Rikkart was silent on the hate filled LGBT community member who rushed into a conservative think-tank and violently attacked its members. Pushed to violence by such demagoguery on the left. Gay mafia will not be tolerated anymore. People are bullied, threatened, businesses blackmailed and now shot for daring to use your freedom of opinion against the gay cabal. Not a way to win over another side. I STAND WITH MELISSA AND HER FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

Patrick
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Patrick

@Lynn Anderson. “Pushed to Violence by such demagoguery on the left.” dem·a·gogue/ˈdeməˌgäg/Noun: 1.A political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument. 2.(in ancient Greece and Rome) A leader or orator who espoused the cause of the common people. i read this as – targeting said peoples “weaknesses”…. hence, hearing and reading the same “arguments”… it’s a sin. pray for the sinner…. bigot…hatemonger… There’s not much you can do to justify your position… We all have minds. it’s keeping alive… that we are created equal. Your post, IMO… obviously reads…that shared… Read more »

Sheryl
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Sheryl

Pompous Ass/pom-pus ass/noun: 1. A person who writes posts like the one above.
2. (in modern-day America) A person who needs to remove his rather large head from his backside.

TS
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TS

Lynn… I wanted the rose garden… I just am tired of those thorns!!! I want equal rights for all!! That is all…

Noelle Riley
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Noelle Riley

Others stand with Mr. Rikkart, and his freedom of speech. No one is denying the
“right” of both parties to express their opinions, but Ms. Reeves has chosen not to.

DC
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DC

This guy is absurd. Leave Missy alone. So what if she went and ate at Chik Fil A that day. OMG, nearly EVERYONE was there!! They had lines around the buildings at their restaurants so she wasn’t the only one who was there supporting them. The restaurants weren’t empty and she was the only one who was there. What about all the other people who supported it??!! I wanted to go but didn’t want to wait in those long lines. I don’t see him griping at other people who tweeted that they ate there but boy he sure had to… Read more »

TS
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TS

It is not the fact that Melissa went to Chi Fil A… it was that she boasted about it on Twitter and by her doing so… she was supporting Anti Gay business publicly. In her profession, she is in the public and has many gay fans for many years. By her “publicly” announcing her Chic Fil A to support and the businesses anit gay views, Melissa made a statement about Gays. I choose to leave her as a fan and not support her at Days of our Lives anymore, since her actions tell me that she feels that she is… Read more »

Noelle Riley
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Noelle Riley

Oh stop that s–t.

DC
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DC

I don’t have to stop anything. “Freedom of speech” remember!!!???? Whatever!!

bc
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bc

Chick-Fil-A does NOT promote hatred and bigotry. A company can and should be able to express their religious beliefs w/o the pressure of public officials like Rahm Emmanuel of Chicago and whoever from Boston to use political machinations to BULLY businesses into agreeing w/ their stance on same gender marriage. The very idiotic Christine Quinn of New York was the worst though when she actually uttered that New York is abt “diversity” yet she is unaccepting of an opinion divergent from hers. Such hypocrisy! If ppl don’t like Chick-Fil-A’s opinion on gay marriage then don’t buy their food! It’s the… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Try to put yourself in someone elses shoe. instead of praying… for the sinner, and his or her LIFEstyle.

That in itself… is a foretold conclusion?

But they reached too far, and their best efforts were not enough to create the sustained endeavor their vision “foretold”.

Equality for All. Now, that’s a truth.

DC
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DC

Who cares if she is in the public eye and stated it. A lot of people who aren’t in the public eye “boasted” that they went to Chik fil A that day whether they are in the public eye or not they stated that they attended and that they supported their decision. And I’m sure if she “boasted” that she didn’t attend you would be doing the happy dance. I’m tired of hearing I was “born this way” and feel that if you don’t support then you don’t believe in equal rights. Straights are expected to support gays but not… Read more »

TS
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TS

I am in sales… so why would I go into one of my clients that is buying my product and bring up “gay issues” with him if I knew he did not approve on Gay issues. I need his business and want his business… Melissa has fans.. many gay fans… and she went public to “boast” that she is supporting “Chic Fi La”. Not a smart move…. She needs to be much smarter if she wants to maintain a fan base that wants to see her on shows… It is business…

bc
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bc

NBC would be idiotic if they kowtowed to angry people who demanded Missy be fired bec they think she’s “intolerant” and they’re “tolerant” because these same “tolerant” people are clueless abt the real significance of CFA Appreciation Day. But this wouldn’t surprise me bec NBC stands for No Brains Channel and it has a sumptuous track record of offending people. This is the same network w/c aired the Today show Olympics coverage practically everywhere on the planet w/ stupid Matt Lauer at the helm who made condescending comments abt various countries during the NBC Olympics coverage. It even began a… Read more »

Sammy
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Sammy

The “business” isn’t anti-gay. Do they refuse to serve gays? Do they have signs saying “No gays allowed? So don’t say it is an anit-gay business. Do they discrimnate against gays for empoyees? (I don’t know the answer to this question, but that would be a better argument than his personal opinion on the subject). The owner just happens to have an opinion on gay marriage etc. that doesn’t coincide with the opinion of gay marriage etc. supporters. It is his right just as much as it is of the opposition to support it. If you don’t like his views,… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

ANTI-people…. ANTI-anyone. if this doesn’t stop you in your tracks…. Reasoning, that we’re better off together.

bc
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bc

Chick-Fil-A employs lgbtq people. Chick-Fil-A does not deny food to lgbtq patrons. Businesses can contribute to the causes they like. Starbucks contributes to same gender marriage advocacies. Where are the boycotts from “hateful” Christians against Starbucks? There are none. Where are the protests outside Starbucks branches from “intolerant” Christians? Oh right there are none. Where are the politicians that use their office to bash and threaten to make it difficult for Starbucks to open branches? None. And yet it’s hilarious when a politician like openly lesbian Christine Quinn of “progressive” and “liberal” new york urges nyu to drop Chick-Fil-A bec… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

lgbtq people. q? lgbtq patrons. q?

lesbian gay bisexual transgender quality people. that’s right… thought you meant as much.

bc
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bc

The letter q means queer. The word queer is not a pejorative and has been co-opted w/ shows like the blip under the radar Queer As Folk Uk and its remake. But bless your heart you thought q meant quality. I dunno if you’re a liberal and frankly I don’t care. But your reply is typical liberal projection. Liberals scream when Romney uses the term “kitchen cabinet” bec to them it’s offensive and “racist”. And yet liberal trash like Bill Maher can tweet his question if Paul Ryan is gay as an obvious homophobic put down. Bill Maher has hurled… Read more »

Scott
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Scott

Well said Greg! He’s right — religious views belong NOWHERE near the God given rights of human beings and their right to marry whom they love. He never attacked her and quite welcomed her to let him in on her views completely, and she shut him out. And she acted like a weak, defenseless wimp. Staying quiet is getting her nothing. If she cannot back up her damn words, then she shouldn’t say shit, quite frankly.

Jared
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Jared

Freedom of speech is a good thing. It goes in all directions. I’m going to use my freedom of speech here: “Bigot is as bigot does.” Oh, also, I don’t watch DAYS any more, and I don’t eat at that chicken sandwich place. Freedom of speech can also be exercised by NOT talking. Maybe if people respected each other more and kept their mouths (or their twitter accounts) shut, we’d all get along a lot better. Just saying…….

Noelle Riley
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Noelle Riley

I am in total support of Greg Rikkart’s article. While I won’t shy away from discussion, I must comment that he brings out some very ugly truths, and no one wants that, correct ?
Melissa Reeves is entitled to her opinion, but I don’t share it, not at all. I do not consider Mr. Rikkart a ” bully ” in any manner. People need to read this and think …..

Noelle Riley
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Noelle Riley

I take pride in the fact that Mayor Thomas Menino of Boston, my state capitol, has banned Chik-Fil-A from ever having an establishment in Boston.

faith
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faith

Actually, legally he cannot ban Chick Fil A and since his openly wanted to disregard Federally law, he retracted his statement and admitted that he could not block them from coming.

faith
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faith

I support Chick Fil A, Star Bucks, Microsoft, JcPenney, and other organization or companies that stand up for what they believe in. Greg, like most new age liberals and repubs are bullies. All of these companies have donated money into what they believe in. I do not believe in gay marriage but Starbucks does. Guess what? I still drink my Caramel Frapp. Looks like the closet is closing in on Greg or maybe not. Sounds like a publicity stunt to me. I am African American and anyone who tries to compare Gay Marriage with being in a crowded ship, hosed… Read more »

Bonnie Keyser
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Bonnie Keyser

Love Jennifer Reeves. Love the nasty Hollywood double standard also, where if you’re extremely liberal you can say anything and everything you want and be championed for it, but if you have anything nearing conservative values you get bashed as a “hater”. Ridiculous how shamefully people behave with the advent of the Internet and social media anonymity.

steve sharkman
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steve sharkman

“one of the most talented actors in daytime” is like saying someone is a great single a baseball player. it’s a joke. 2nd, this clown hates anyone who he doesn’t agree with, just like all liberals. it’s not a crime to not like gay marriage. and he lives in a state that twice voted gay marriage down. he should more concerned about his co-workers who, to his face because of political correctness, claim to support him, yet in the voting booth stab him in the back. I for one don’t care if he’s a pickle nibbler or not. but the… Read more »

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