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Chick-fil-A President Speaks Out Against Gay Marriage

Chick-fil-A President Speaks Out Against Gay Marriage

Much like the boneless chicken featured on its menu, Chick-fil-A is making no bones about the fact that it does not support marriage equality. Often when companies donate profits to anti-gay efforts, they will try to distance themselves from the contributions to avoid alienating a customer base. However, Chick-fil-A’s president, Dan Cathy, is not chickening out of owning up to his views toward homosexuality. “Guilty as charged,” stated Cathy in response to allegations of his anti-gay views.

“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 said in an interview with Baptist Press, a Christian news service. “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,” added the man who offers only an arrogantly narrow definition of marriage himself.

Cathy’s comments are in line with Chick-fil-A’s “charitable” donations. In 2009, the restaurant chain gave $2 million to groups that oppose same-sex marriage like the Family Research Council and the Marriage & Family Foundation. An additional $2 million was given to the same organizations the following year, as well. An Equality Matters investigation revealed that Chick-fil-A gave financial support to a brand of therapy designed to “cure” homosexuality.

Chick-fil-A was first opened by Cathy’s father, S. Truett Cathy, in 1967. Over the decades, Chick-fil-A has grown to have over 1,600 stores, making it the second biggest fast food chicken chain in the country. The company’s Christian roots are evident in the fact that all of its franchised locations remain closed on Sundays in honor of the Sabbath.

Though Cathy identifies himself as a devout Christian, he argues that his business, which is ran based on “biblical principles,” is not. “Companies are not lost or saved, but certainly individuals are,” Cathy said. “Christ never died for a corporation. He died for you and me.” Hmm, it looks like someone better tell him that corporations are people, too. We wouldn’t want those Chick-fil-A restaurants to go unbaptized.

Cathy acknowledges that his outspoken views are liable to lose the company some customers. Chick-fil-A’s anti-gay stance has already inspired Boston’s Northeastern University to turn down a potential franchise on its campus and a popular Wilson Phillips parody by a trio of drag queens has taken aim at the restaurant as well.

Still, it is unlikely that Cathy will be changing his tune anytime soon. “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,’” said Cathy. Of course, that conviction will probably not stop people who think they know what constitutes a marriage better than Cathy does from dining somewhere other than Chick-fil-A.

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11:05AM PST on Jan 7, 2013

If Chick-fil-A was a corporation, the stock-holders would have a strong case to sue the president for not acting in their interest. His willingness to pay a fine that is greater than the cost of insurance has a direct effect on the bottom line, and Corporations are required to "Maximize profits for share-holders."

I would be interested in hearing from a lawyer if franchise holders have similar rights. He has stated that he doesn't care if he loses sales due to his position. This means that he is subjecting them to financial harm.

9:20PM PST on Dec 29, 2012

Kathy V states: "I do not have the IQ of a great astrophysicist, nor am I able to climb Mt. Everest, so I'm not "equal" to those types."

While you won't qualify for jobs in their fields that alone does not prevent you from marrying the person of your choice. You are comparing apples and oranges. If a man wishes to marry a man or a woman another woman that should be up to them and not the government to decide. In Canada it is perfectly legal to do so.

Bill M re: LGBT rights, some 64 percent of oil consumed in the US is imported (2009 figures). The largest non US source at 40 percent is OPEC, then 21 percent from Canada where gay marriage is legal everywhere in the country and 13 percent is from the Persian Gulf. Not every time Americans put fuel in the vehicles does it originate from anti-LGBT nations. Some 36 percent comes from US sources. Not all will boycott all products made out of crude oil or ride a bicycle as public transit in some areas such as LA isn't adequate.

9:57AM PST on Nov 28, 2012

We all need to band together and boycott all products made from Crude Oil, because Crude Oil orginates from the Middle East. Men, Women and Children are murdered for being Gay.

Boycotting their main export: Crude Oil, shows suppport for those Men, Women and Children who are murdered for being who they are.

Boycotting Chik-Fil-A and other businesses that are not Gay friendly is an excellent way to demonstrate Our commitment toward eradicating predjudice and hatred against those of the LGBT Community.

Crude Oil has the stain of blood of Gay folks associated with it. Those living in the Middle East murder people who are Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trangendered.

Every time Americans fuel up at the pump, they are supporting the Murder of LGBT individuals.

Let's show our determination for equality and the Rights of all LGBT people everywhere by boycotting all products made from Crude Oil.

The link below is only a "partial" list of products made from Crude Oil.

http://www.ranken-energy.com/Products%20from%20Petroleum.htm

Seeing that it may take a bit of time to eliminate all of these products from Our lives, We can all start by refusing to refuel Our vehicles until Gay folks are treated with the respect and diginity We all deserve as human beings with equal rights.

Thank you for your support in protesting the murder of those born Gay.

9:53PM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

Kathy said-"It is not anti-gay, bigoted, homophobic, hypocritical or unloving to believe that marriage does not consist of 2 people of the same sex."

Yes Kathy it is. Marraige is a civil right and just because you choose to define it as only being possible for a man and a woman does not make it so. To deny the civil right of marraige to homosexuals is bigotry.

9:27PM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

It is not anti-gay, bigoted, homophobic, hypocritical or unloving to believe that marriage does not consist of 2 people of the same sex. How can that possibly be? Marriage is like "purple," made up of red and blue. Red and red, blue and blue can never form purple. That's not discrimination, it's just is what it is.....just as a sperm and an ovum form a new human being, not a sperm and sperm or ovum and ovum---that would be impossible. Persons with homosexual, bisexual, etc. orientations are fully equal in their beings as anyone else, all people are equally valuable, yet not all are really equal in many ways. For instance, I do not have the IQ of a great astrophysicist, nor am I able to climb Mt. Everest, so I'm not "equal" to those types. Some people, as much as they wish to "marry" are not able to for one reason or another. When we disagree with others, to resort to name calling for any reason is immature and pointless, especially in politics and controversial issues. We all feel we have valid reasons for our beliefs, and some are polar opposites, but we can still be civil and respectful towards one another, even if we think the other person is wrong and a jerk ass (haha, see, name calling serves no useful purpose except to let off a little steam). Some views are wrong, like many of Hitler's and the like, so it is imperative to speak the truth in love. Thanks for reading!

4:38AM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

what is the big deal about the owner of a company having an opinion? the press got hold of this and who is suffering? the employees. they are criticized by anti-gay groups for working there; they are criticized by gay groups for working there...

12:17AM PDT on Aug 5, 2012

The business is "ran" on ... principles? How about some human editing?

3:45AM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

Years ago a beauty queen named Anita Bryant took an anti-gay stance. She lost her lucrative endorsements and became a thing of the past. She is now just an old joke due to her bigoted comments. I hope the same thing happens to Chic- Filet. I will miss those curly fries

Discuss this today at 1PM Central time http://www.blogtalkradio.com/liesmycountrytoldme/2012/08/04/lies-my-country-told-me

3:44AM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

Years ago a beauty queen named Anita Bryant took an anti-gay stance. She lost her lucrative endorsements and became a thing of the past. She is now just an old joke due to her bigoted comments. I hope the same thing happens to Chic- Filet. I will miss those curly fries.

3:37AM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

Scarlette- that man who spoke "the truth" is donating 25 million dollars to anti-gay groups. It is much more volitile than "freedom of speech" or having a personal opinion. It is outward discrimination aainstother taxaying American citizens.

Anyway the "truth" in the bible is a mater of interpetation. Personally, I do no believe the snake spoke anymore than I believe the Easter bunny delievers eggs. It is a creation mythology. Mythology should not determine laws in the United States of America.

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