Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A is causing quite a stir over a recent comment made to Baptist Press.
When asked about his company's position on the traditional family unit as opposed to gay marriage, president and CEO Dan Cathy said, "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."
Posts on the Chick-fil-A Facebook page were mixed. Some agreed with Cathy and were proud of him for standing up for his beliefs.
"Thank you, Chick-Fil-A for showing the world that we are not supposed to follow what the world believes is right! You have my support," said Hope Wilcoxen.
Others vowed to never eat at the fast food chain again.
"I am a Christian. I am a mother. And I am gay. Sorry, Chik-Fil-A. Can no longer do business with you. Amazing how many Christians are not Christ-like," said Renee Floyd Tillett.
"I am sorry, but I can not support a business that spews hatred toward another human being. Clearly, you missed the Bible passages that say not to judge others and to love thy neighbor. Your anti-gay message is very clearly a message of hate. And it sickens me," said Jen Gallatin Graham.
In response to the backlash, Chick-fil-A posted this statement on their Facebook page:
"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. 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.
"Chick-fil-A is a family-owned and family-led company serving the communities in which it operates. From the day Truett Cathy started the company, he began applying biblically-based principles to managing his business. For example, we believe that closing on Sundays, operating debt-free and devoting a percentage of our profits back to our communities are what make us a stronger company and Chick-fil-A family.
"Our mission is simple: to serve great food, provide genuine hospitality and have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A."
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