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Chick-fil-A President Denounces Marriage Equality

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Thursday Jul 19, 2012

The president of the fast food chain Chick-fil-A voiced his disapproval of same-sex marriage in an interview this week and called marriage equality supporters "arrogant" for going against god, On Top Magazine reported.

Dan Cathy came out against gay marriage on a radio show and defended the restaurant's longstanding anti-gay stance.

"I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,'" Cathy said. "And I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about."

After being criticized for his statements the businessman told the Baptist Press earlier this week that he is "guilty as charged" and is very "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," Cathy told the publication.

Chick-fil-A officials have since released a statement and said the company follows biblically based values.

"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," the statement reads. "Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena."

The statements upset many, including actor Ed Helms, who plays Andy on NBC's "The Office" and has starred in "The Hangover" films. The celebrity said this week that he would be boycotting Chick-fil-A because of the restaurant's anti-gay views.

"Chick-fil-A doesn't like gay people? So lame. Hate to think what they do to the gay chickens! Lost a loyal fan," Helms tweeted.

The article also notes that the NOH8 campaign has also called for supporters to boycott the fast food chain.

The restaurant chain opened its first location in a Georgia mall in 1967. It currently has 1,615 establishments in nearly 40 states.

This isn't the first time Chick-fil-A has received heat for having an anti-gay stance. In March, several students from colleges around the country protested the restaurant from coming to their campuses. In 2009, the company donated about $2 million to anti-gay groups, such as the Marriage & Family Legacy Fund, Focus on the Family, Exodus International and Family Research Council.

Boston's Northeastern University was one of the schools that voted to block the fast food chain. New York University students also campaigned to remove Chick-fil-A from campus, which happens to be the only such eatery in Manhattan. But the college's officials said they would not remove the restaurant.

Additionally, three drag queens created a parody protest video against Chick-fil-A. The clip, which parodies the 1990 hit "Hold On" by Wilson Philips, received nearly 1,500,000 views on YouTube.

"Someday somebody's gonna make you want to gobble up a waffle fry," William Belli, Detox, and Vicky Vox sing in "Chow Down (at Chick-fil-A)." "But no go, don't you know, Chick-fil-A say you make the baby Jesus cry."


  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-07-19 17:53:49

    I may have spent a small fortune supporting Exxon/Mobil in the past, but I’m pleased to say I’ve never given one cent to this Chick-fik-A place. :). I heard it gives people diarrhea anyway.

  • nick, 2012-07-19 18:49:07

    I wouldn’t eat that crap if you paid me.

  • , 2012-07-19 19:58:46

    What a hateful man... no fried chicken for me!

  • rscluff, 2012-07-19 20:14:44

    Money always speaks the loudest at the end of the day. I remember reading about when JcPenny asked Ellen to be their spokes person and the cries to boycott them for it. Well JcPenny has not had as much bussiness in years. The polls are in and america is becoming more and more educated that gay people are people too, we’re your brothers, sisters, aunts and cousins. We have families and buy things also so at the end of the day te companies offering support are the companies getting our money. 

  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-07-19 21:03:50

    Amen and Awomen.

  • tcmcc, 2012-07-19 22:50:30

    I think ur fake as fuck! Will never eat here again or support ur fucken so called "family owned business" good luck hope u and ur family business goes down and u live on the streets or even better u have to find someone who is gay to help u in your life!

  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-07-19 23:38:41

    I hope you don’t choke on a chicken bone while stuffing your misguided face Dan Cathy.

  • , 2012-07-20 07:38:23

    So we’re being discriminated to by a man named Cathy? I have zero reason to ever, ever, eat at Chick fil a. Maybe they should change the name to Chick-Felatio.

  • Spikbear, 2012-07-20 09:21:50

    Talking about arrogance! Let see who really is the arrogant here saying he knows what God wants? Really? You had a conversation with him? Was it by tweerter or facebook? God created me as what I am - A Gay man! He meant for me to be gay, therefore happy and who is this man to tell me that I cannnot be happy and married? Besdies what definition is he talking about? The bible does not defin what marriage is all about. If he means, the passages that talk about "go and procreate" well then, why are so many people married out there not procreating? Based on his believes, then those strait couples that are married and do not procreate, should not be allowed to be married, they are being arrogant and defying God! Thankyfully I do not support his crappy business - it stinks

  • , 2012-07-20 09:26:21

    I remember when I was a kid my mom would take me to Chick-F-U. I didn’t know anything about religion or hate. I thought it was nice they gave employees off on Sunday. Now that I am an adult I choose not to eat at CFA. I feel to pick and choose what you want to believe from the bible is just like being a dumb kid who thought all people were fair and just. I think its fine to believe whatever you want to believe but stop trying to get everyone to think the same way you do. I grew up from being a dumb kid perhaps you should do the same. To believe everything you read is like believing everything you see on the news. In closing as I stated before I do not eat at CFA. Why should I give my money to someone so they can use it against me! Oh and I’m sure there are some employees and mangement that are gay. Lots of guys love ’chicken’.

  • , 2012-07-20 10:01:13

    Firs of all Mrs.Cathy, oh wait I’m sorry, Mr.Cathy...I do hope you choke on that straw you’re sucking on, or are you acting out a sexual fantasy? We are all God’s people. No matter race, sex, sexual preference, disabled, dead or living. Love is love and you CLEARLY don’t understand the meaning of it.

  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-07-20 10:21:54

    I think the thing that disturbs me more than Cathy is that you and I get plugged in and worked up over his opinion. Like he matters...It would be like having a bad day because a street person told us our shoes were ugly. Lol, what you think of me is none of my business.

  • , 2012-07-20 12:38:34

    One of my favorite places to eat but not anymore....that judging piece of crap just lost my business.....

  • Wayne M., 2012-07-20 18:17:29

    Mr. Cathy needs to understand the difference between having freedom of religion and a state church. He also needs to understand there is a difference between civil marriage and sacramental marriage. In fact, the United States was founded on principles of freedom of religion. Furthermore, his opinions concerning the Biblical definition of marriage and what should be law on family rights are definitely NOT shared by all Christians and Christian churches. If he really does believe in protecting families and family rights, then he will admit all families, not just those acceptable to religious conservatives, need and deserve support. Of course, this does not prevent conservative religious groups from acting in accord with their teachings. It only prevents them from forcing their opinions on others and demanding that the state enforce their opinions and beliefs as law.

  • kelly, 2012-07-20 20:10:38

    I’ve lived 100 yards from a chic-fil-a for three years and have never been and never will. My gay money will spend better elsewhere.

  • , 2012-07-22 16:48:42

    They claim to treat all their clients equally and with respect, all the while sending millions to groups vowed to deny the GLBT community fair and equal rights in law. Hypocrisy is not part of Christianity!! I’ll eat dirt before entering Chick-fil-a den of bigotry and homophobia.

  • , 2012-07-22 18:14:00

    He’s REALLY got some nerve to be talking about morals and values of marriage when you have people who marry for the WRONG reasons everyday. As far as Im concerned there are more heterosexuals tarnishing marriage than gay people so if you’re going to point fingers at people point them at everybody including yourself!!!!

  • Gallagher1454, 2012-07-23 07:43:33

    Good thing there are companies like The Jim Henson Company, willing to end partnership agreements with companies like Chick-fil-A over issues of blatant discrimination.

  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-07-26 15:53:02

    You gotta watch Jackson Pearce: Chick-fil-A and Proverbs 25:21.... Awesome!

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