Chick-Fil-A has never really tried to hide the fact that they are a "Christian organization." If the fact that they are close on Sundays didn't tip you off, the company has made it pretty clear that they support a "traditional" set of values when it comes to sex and relationships. Oh, and then there are the millions of dollars in donations to anti-gay groups.
And earlier this week, company president Dan Cathy eliminated all doubt by pleading guilty as charged to supporting a "Biblical definition of the family unit." Although his remarks were unsurprising, they created a bit of a ruckus among the internet community.
“Well, guilty as charged. We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that…we know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles,” he said.
As you can imagine, plenty of gay-rights supporters aren't too thrilled about this and have spoken out against eating at the restaurant, despite the tastiness of their products.
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After the massive backlash, Chick-Fil-A has backpedaled a bit on their President's comments.
"The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender," said the company in a Facebook post. "We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 Restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena."[via reddit]