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Is Chick-fil-A Anti-Gay Marriage? CEO's Comments Cause Flap

The restaurant CEO said his business supports the 'biblical definition of the family unit,' causing an online controversy.

Lunch lines seem just as long at restaurants , even though the chain is under fire for comments CEO Dan Cathy made in an interview with the Baptist Press.

In the interview, Cathy described his support for "the biblical definition of the family unit," reports the Los Angeles Times.

“We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives,” Cathy said in the interview with Baptist Press.

The article noted that the popular restaurant chain trains workers “to focus on values rooted in the Bible.” Chick-fil-A's across the country are closed on Sundays for the Sabbath.

Several online bloggers wrote that Cathy's comments show that the restaurant chain's leader is anti-gay marriage. The Los Angeles Times article reported about the online flap in an article headlined: "Is Chick-fil-A anti-gay marriage? 'Guilty as charged,' leader says."

Do you agree with Chick-fil-A's CEO? Will his comments affect whether you patronize his restaurant?

Equality Matters, which support gay rights, issued a report examining donations by the restaurant company. In 2010, the company gave nearly $2 million to Christian-based groups that oppose homosexuality, according to Equality Matters.

Editor's Note: This article first appeared on Pinellas Beaches Patch

marelli gardner July 23, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Hey Lillinny, so apparently "equality" to you means we have to agree to what you believe in and if they don't it's wrong? And how is one person's opinion have to do with equality?? For real?? That does not even make sense! I applaud Mr. Cathy for saying what he believes in. That is his believe and it does not warrant such a big discussion. It does not mean if a gay person goes to Chic Fil A that they would not be served. Again, Why is it that when we think marriage is between a man and a women somehow that makes you "intolerant" My point is not to "Brush this off" as you say but that this should not be made to be such a BIG DEAL since we are ALL entitled to our opinions. Yes, I still say they are WAY more important and very dangerous situations going on right now that we really need to be paying attention to. An opinion does NOT have any thing to do with "equality"
Lillinny July 23, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Feel free to re-read comments - Everyone is entitled to their opinions and beliefs - I am not pushing mine on anyone it's a discussion - end of story #forreal
Derek Ginn July 25, 2012 at 07:23 PM
There is a HUGE difference in having your beliefs, and spending millions to have others forced to live as you believe they should. I do not support any group that does such, regardless of my spiritual background. For example try this on for size: I believe that all Christians should be of same sex loving relationships. Now you have to live this way simply because i believe it. Now tell me I'm wrong. It's not difficult people. Believe as you believe. Allow others to do the same.
Jared August 01, 2012 at 03:20 PM
It’s fun to read all of these comments about Cathy’s opinion and see so many people stand up and applaud his opinion or defend his right to one. It’s not so much his right to his opinion but rather the problem is that his opinion and millions of dollars are directed to denying a group of Americans equal rights. Marriage is one thing – I don’t seek to have my relationship recognized by a church however when it comes to my government there should be a manner of providing those same rights offered my married couples to myself and my partner. Mr. Cathy and Chic-fil-a donate to organizations that not only seek to prevent marriage but any other legal partnership or rights for homosexual couples. Back 137 years ago – how many people shared their opinion against the civil rights act? Mr. Cathy is entitled to his opinion and I am entitled to mine. He believes I should be treated like a second class citizen and I personally won’t spend my money to support someone who openly works to deny me rights. I will also share my opinion with anyone that does.
Jared August 01, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Marelli, it’s hard for you to understand this issue being that you are not entirely inside of it. It is a measure of equality because while Mr. Cathy says that he believes in "a traditional marriage" the money that he donates goes to loby the government for laws regarding marriage. Often the issue is not that homosexuals want to make a church accept our relationships but rather that should be entitled to the same laws and rules that apply to heterosexual couples. The unfortunate part about this is people like you who say it shouldn't be a BIG DEAL - the reality of it is that it isn’t a big deal to you because it’s not applicable to you. If Mr. Cathy had said "guilty as charged" in regards to the idea women should not be allowed to vote then donated a significant portion of his business revenues to organizations that petitioned the government to prevent women from having the right to vote... His opinion might become a big deal to you.

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