Chick-Fil-A President Unapologetic about Anti-Gay Stance

Company's philosophy grounded in traditional Christian values, says President Dan Cathy.

In a new interview with the Baptist Press, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy -- son of company founder S. Truett Cathy -- responded to a question about the restaurant chain's "support of the traditional family."

Cathy's response: "Well, guilty as charged."

According to a story on today's Huffington Post, he went on to note, "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."

Also in the article on the Huffington Post, the company has been under scrutiny of late for published a reports of Chick-fil-A's charitable work that found that the fast food chain donated nearly $2 million to anti-gay groups in 2010. Among those to reportedly receive donations through Chick-fil-A's WinShape Foundation were the Marriage & Family Foundation ($1,188,380), Exodus International ($1,000) and the Family Research Council (also $1,000).

What do you think? Does corporate philosophy drive your consumer decisions?

Steven Iverson July 19, 2012 at 10:48 PM
I won't eat there because of their anti-gay stance.
Northguy July 20, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Yeah, it is appalling that he would make such a blatantly bigoted statement. This only serves to hurt his franchise owners. I guess hypocrisy knows no bounds.
Barbara July 27, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Kudos Mr. Cathy...Love your restaurant, love the food, love your stance on morality and the nuclear family. I support gay civil unions but not gay marriage. As for those who now extrapolate and say you fund anti-gay groups with your income....really? Those groups support your Christian values and you have every right to support them....what would happen if we told a gay American that he/she could not contribute to gay groups???? Seems like if you don't tow the line and keep your mouth shut, you are crucified.
Phil October 01, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Boycotts frequently backfire as it did in the case of Chik Fil A. The company never had as strong a month of sales as they did during the boycott. His comments were not anti Gay, they were anti Gay marriage. This was exacty the same position President Obama had up until a few months ago.


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