What’s Brewing: Anti-gay activist calling for boycott of Chili’s; Maryland marriage marathon

1. In response to the gay boycott of Chick-fil-A, anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera is calling for a boycott of Dallas-based Chili’s. LaBarbera, founder of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, cites Chili’s support of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, which he accuses of promoting polyamory: “If you want to take a small step to stand up for family and marriage, take your family out to Chick-fil-A — and drive right by when you see a Chili’s,” LaBarbera says.

2. A Maryland Senate committee heard more than seven hours of testimony Tuesday on a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. The president of the Senate puts the bill’s chances of passage at 60- 70 percent, and a vote could come next week. Maryland would be the sixth state, in addition to the District of Columbia, to legalize same-sex marriage.

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—  John Wright

Get your Big Mouth Burger at Knox Chili’s and help the Anthony Chisom AIDS Foundation

Earlier this year, we featured local designer Anthony Chisom in our Great Spaces supplement where he talked about how merely restaging items in the house can make dramatic effects. As it turns out, he’s making other dramatic effects on a more activist level. He’s the founder of the Anthony Chisom AIDS F0undation, which works to support those living with HIV/AIDS around the world by assisting those living on COBRA insurance policies. The foundation also keeps its eye on the local community as well, and one of its initiatives is the South Dallas AIDS Walk scheduled for March 19.

Today only, the Knox Chili’s is offering 10 percent of dining proceeds to the foundation with each flier presented. Just print the sheet that we’ve posted after the jump and hand it to your server. Or check here for a slightly bigger version. As the flier says, the benefit runs through 11 p.m. Heck, you could even do lunch and dinner.

—  Rich Lopez

Ranch Hand Rescue hopes you’ll consider Chili’s tonight for your dining out pleasure

Bob Williams

Based in Argyle, Ranch Hand Rescue has been so busy saving large animals, that it’s difficult to also find time to concentrate on fundraising to keep its operating budget afloat. Bob Williams, founder of the nonprofit, has been creative though and recently held a raffle to help raise money for the rescue to continue its work.

On Tuesday, Ranch Hand Rescue teams up with Chili’s in Highland Village to add some scratch to the budget, and I bet he and his partner Marty Polasko, owner of the neighboring American Pet Spa and Resort, are hoping everyone up north is in the mood for a Southern Smokehouse Bacon Burger or a Quesadilla Explosion Salad for dinner.

Here’s the word:

Chili’s will donate 10% of your total spend on Tuesday 8-31-10 from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. for RHR. With medical bills for our animals in excess of $7,500.00 we could use your support. You can learn more about Ranch Hand Rescue at ranchhandrescue.org. The donation also applies to all to go orders!

You can also find more information about the dining event or the rescue on their Facebook page.


—  Rich Lopez