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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

melanie holtzclaw July 19, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I'm so glad to hear people stand up for what's right!!! people don't even acknowledge the bible any more. it's all about doing and saying whatever get the most votes even thought it's against the bible!!! soooo sickening!!! being gay is so excepted now days and being in a gay marriage it's not right. so glad he said it! i will always give chick-fil-a my business b/c of their beliefs!!!
John Owens July 19, 2012 at 07:36 PM
I never have been to a Chic-Fil-A, but I'm going to try it now!
Tasha Dorsey July 19, 2012 at 07:37 PM
The reason everyone doesn't acknowledge the bible is because only CHRISTIANITY "Claims to subscribe to the teachings of the bible" Sorry but the ones screaming the loudest about biblical teachings are also the ones getting caught with their hands in the cookie jar, pants down while coveting the neighbor's wife - biblically or any other common deed that is done. It is hippocritical of these individuals to cram my written and video news stations with their rhetorick. God also preached tolerance of ideas different than your own and to love thy neighbor. Unfortunately many of the christianinty purveyors must have slept through these lessons at Sunday School. Just because you don't agree with someones beliefs, does not give you the right to force your views down my throat. If you can't stand tolerance, get out of the kitchen because that is what is for dinner hear.
Adam July 20, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Why is it not right for two consenting adults to get married? Don't quote the "man shall not lay with man" at me either...it must be convenient to pick and choose which verses you want to follow and come down on your fellow citizens so harshly.
Bridgett Milam-Crooks July 20, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I applaud Chik for believing in WHATEVER they choose to believe and standing up for it. If you are "for" gay marriage, own it. If you are not, you should be allowed to own it as well, WITHOUT any criticism and bullying from anyone else! Christians should be safe and allowed to publically believe WHAT THEY WANT TO BELIEVE IN just like supporters of any other cause or issue in our world can believe. Believing in marriage as a God-created union between a man and a woman is a human's right. Get over it!
Bernadette July 20, 2012 at 04:31 PM
You're right about free will--it is a God-given right. Matthew 7:13: ...For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.
Lauren T. July 20, 2012 at 04:51 PM
We have children starving and people losing their homes, but yes, let's give two million dollars to prevent two men in love from getting married. Chick-fil-a is free to support whatever cause they want, but I'm not crazy about my money going to such a bigoted cause.
Debra Evans July 20, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I applaud Mr. Cathy for standing up for Biblical values. It's his money. He has earned it. He isn't saying he hates anyone- merely marriage should be between a man & woman. Thank you Mr. Cathy!
Bridgett Milam-Crooks July 20, 2012 at 05:21 PM
That's right Debra, in fact they've gone out of there way to deliver their personal and corporate opinions with love and respect for all. Not supporting gay marriage does not make one a hater. But bashing a person for not believing in gay marriage, well.....
Bernadette July 20, 2012 at 05:33 PM
There is no "bashing" on Mr. Cathy's part; he is simply quoting in what he believes. Frankly, too often we seem to hear, read, and view non-Christian commentary, endlessly it seems, but not commentary on a Christian viewpoint. It is refreshing to listen to the radio, read a newspaper, or watch television and hear this refreshing viewpoint.
Lillinny July 20, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Sickening? Sounds a little judge-y to me......
Lillinny July 20, 2012 at 06:03 PM
I wasn't aware that you couldn't support gay marriage and equality and not be a Christian......
Bridgett Milam-Crooks July 20, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Bernadette, I wasn't referring to Mr Cathy as being the "basher". I'm in full support of Chik. : )
Lillinny July 20, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Love and respect for ALL?.........
marelli gardner July 21, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Good grief, the bottom line here is we are allowed to believe in what ever we chose. Why is it when someone believes in marriage between a man and a woman they some how are bigots and now we are going boycott the business. Well, is that not intolerance and bigoted?? We all have opinions and not everyone agrees with my views but so what! Why do we even make a big deal of all this? I get so tired of this PC crap, say what you mean, own it and stick with it. Why are we so sensitive about what others say, Is this not a free country?? Well that is debatable these days I say, get over it and move on. They are so may more important issue right now.
Lillinny July 21, 2012 at 02:44 AM
may not seem like a "big deal" to you, it's huge to others, so for you to brush it off like its nothing we have bigger problems? Honey there is a laundry list of things that need to be addressed and equality is on the list =)
Bernadette July 21, 2012 at 11:35 AM
At the Second Coming, Jesus Christ is the judge; Christians are not to judge, and this we know well. Christians support the edicts and precepts of what we are taught in the Bible as our guide. Back to the original comment, I am in support of Mr. Cathy as this is his viewpoint.
Bridgett Milam-Crooks July 21, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Lillinny- yes. "Love and respect for all" Can't you understand that loving and respecting another human is a completely separate thing from believing they should be able to marry the same sex? Can't you disagree with ones actions, but still love the person? Mr Cathy is saying just that. This entire stream has less to do with "equality" and everything to do with "let people believe what they want to believe".
Bernadette July 21, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Yes! agape love. I believe respecting another human being is a separate issue from marrying the same sex. When Jesus sent his disciples out, he said, (paraphrase) if people do not receive you well, dust off your feet and go to the next home. It is the same (always), if people do not want to understand Christianity and certainly the guidelines we fall under as God asks--He does not demand this--there will be other people that do want to listen to His truth. All the while loving your neighbor as yourself.
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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