Manny Castro, the local artist who allegedly painted “Tastes Like Hate” on the side of a Chick-Fil-A eatery in Torrance, California, won't face criminal charges.

Castro left his message two days after Chick-Fil-A restaurants were flooded with customers supporting CEO Dan Cathy's comments in opposition to gay marriage.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Castro was arrested on suspicion of vandalism but prosecutors have declined to press charges.

“The suspect has acknowledged his wrongdoing and offered to make restitution,” the paper quoted the L.A. County district attorney's office. “Finally, the record does not establish the suspect was motivated by religious hatred.”

The vandalism cost the restaurant about $700 to paint over.

The openly gay, 30-year-old Castro stepped forward to take responsibility for the graffiti in remarks to The Huffington Post.

“Everybody is entitled to free speech, but it seems like for the gay tribe, this is more of an issue of equal rights – human rights,” he said. “I'm against what these people stand for, what this company stands for. They're trying to take away what little rights we already have.”

“It's paint on a wall,” he added. “It got removed in less than an hour. It's not that much of a crime – it's a protest.”