SPEAK OUT: Chick-Fil-A Sees Backlash to Anti-Gay Marriage Stance

The company has received major backlash after its president made anti-gay marriage remarks in several interviews.

Everyone’s favorite childhood puppets are taking a stand for gay marriage. 

The Jim Henson Company – creator of the Muppets -- announced recently that it would no longer do business with Chick-Fil-A following recent anti-gay marriage comments made by the popular chicken company’s president, Dan Cathy. 

“The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors,” the organization, whose namesake grew up in University Park and attended University of Maryland, wrote on its Facebook page.

“Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD,” the post concludes. 

Their announcement came after Cathy made some very public remarks – both in print and on the radio – affirming his stance on the subject.

"We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy said in an interview with the Baptist Press last week. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”

In addition, The Washington Post reported that in a recent interview on the Ken Coleman radio show, Cathy said that “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.”

Those comments, among others, have prompted a wave of backlash from various organizations and people – including the mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino, who told the Boston Herald he would keep Chick-Fil-A out of the city.

“If they need licenses in the city, it will be very difficult — unless they open up their policies,”  Menino said.

Chick-Fil-A has 45 locations throughout Maryland, including stores in Owings Mills, Hunt Valley, Towson, Catonsville and Westminster.

Now, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee has announced his support for the restaurant franchise. On Sunday, he created an event on Facebook encouraging people to show their support and appreciation for Chick-Fil-A.

"The goal is simple: Let's affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick-Fil-A on Wednesday, August 1," he wrote on the event page, which currently has over 95,000 attending.

Some media outlets have dug up the dirt on other "right-wing food companies." According to a Salon.com report, funds from Carl's Jr., Domino's Pizza, White Castle and Waffle House or their executives have gone to anti-gay marriage or pro-life organizations.

donna July 25, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Ill be there Wednesday!
ddbs00 July 25, 2012 at 08:45 AM
I don't agree with Chick-Fil-A's corporate belief, but I like their chicken and I'm going to continue eating it. I wonder how many people protesting Chick-Fil-A are the types to argue that one should separate an entertainer's art from his politics/beliefs if you disagree with them.... BTW, "diversity and inclusiveness" is supposed to allow for those who think or believe differently than you. But it's ok to exclude people you wish to marginalize from your circle of love, I guess.
Ellie July 25, 2012 at 12:12 PM
I really don't care about anyone's religious or political views on this subject. As long as they don't refuse to serve people, they can believe whatever they want.
Chuck Burton July 25, 2012 at 12:48 PM
What difference does it matter to a business if their customers want to marry others of the same sex? Or if they simply reject marriage in the first place.
Neutral July 25, 2012 at 01:02 PM
I agree with Ellie, businesses can believe what they want in private as long as they don't refuse to service this customer and or treat the employer fairly and with respect, I could care less what you believe religiously or politically. "Just keep serving my chicken minis!!"
Momofmany July 25, 2012 at 01:43 PM
The Chick-Fil-A company is based on the Christian values of it's founder Mr. Truett Cathy. Mr. Cathy and his successors have spent a lifetime developing a great business with a great product. He has spent millions helping numerous charities. It is his business and his beliefs. Unlike all those left wing anti-Christians out there, Mr. Cathy has contributed more in his lifetime than those against him ever will. His beliefs are allowed and that's what they call "America". He is self made and doesn't need tax money to enhance his entrepreneurial business. The bottom line is that it is chicken and it's good so buy it or don't buy it. As a society we now condemn those with beliefs! In case you don't realize it, Maryland was founded by Catholics seeking the ability to practice their beliefs. Then the US was formed and the Constitution guaranteed the right to practice religous beliefs. So alongside the Muslims, the Sadomasochists, the Marxists-socialists and the Gays/Lesbians the Christian values of Mr. Cathy can be proclaimed, practiced and whatever! I will eat those "anti-gay" sandwiches because they taste good and not because of what is behind them.
Joy White July 25, 2012 at 04:57 PM
No - I will now be eating at Chick-Fil-A on a regular basis. Thank-you for putting God AND His Word first. PTL
Parkvillehoney July 25, 2012 at 06:37 PM
I support the Cathy family and Chick-Fil-A. This business does a lot of good in the community. Their food is delish and the restaurants are clean and welcoming. It is refreshing to see a business take a stance in what they believe in. I will support Chick-Fil-A everytime I want a great milkshake and chicken sandwich.
Marge Streicker July 26, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Any time someone wants to take a stand, the press uses "anti" in front of their views. As far as I have seen Chick-Fil-A serves everyone with equal respect and quality of service. The company stands on Christian principles. Let's call their views "Pro-traditional marriage and live in peace."
shoebuyer July 26, 2012 at 10:40 AM
I wonder if they would fire an employee if they found out their employee was gay. And I really believe that businesses, especially restaurants, should not promote any religion. Some things should not blend together.
Taressa Fisher July 26, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Thank God for businesses like Chick-fil-A who stand up for same-sex marriage and Christian values our nation was founded upon. They also practice those values in the way they generously give back to the community. We should all be willing to do the same.
Zoobie July 27, 2012 at 09:25 AM
Of course not, it's against the law !
Zoobie July 27, 2012 at 09:32 AM
I equate all media outlets as being Liberal. Reckon "The Patch" is no different,but judging by the responses, there are a few 'Conservatives' left in society. I expect I'll be making a 'special' trip to "Chic Filet" come Wednesday. Enough said! For God And Country
H Stone B July 27, 2012 at 06:34 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JprRWKQys7A Take a moment to understand why people are upset. Or stay blissfully ignorant. Whatever.
H Stone B July 27, 2012 at 07:01 PM
If there's one thing Jesus taught me, it's that all gay people are bad, and, just like Socialists and Muslims, we should hate and fear them with all our God-loving hearts. Don't believe me? Look in the Bible. It's in there. I'm pretty sure it is anyway. Actually, come to think of it, I'm an uneducated, bigoted idiot and I have no idea what I'm talking about.
Zoobie July 27, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Anyone with an 8th grade education can pck up a Bible, take one verse, and use it to exemplify their opinion on the topic of the day. In the presentation you referenced, the speaker did not go into the Bible verse like "a man who lies down with another man commits an 'Abomination' in the Eyes of the Lord" (emphasis added). And BTW, "Homophobic" is not a real word, but rather a chant made-up by 'the rainbow crowd'. Finally, Chritians don't 'Hate' Homosexuals. We are taught by Our Lord to Love all of our brothers and sisters, but to 'Hate the Sin'. There is a difference.
H Stone B July 27, 2012 at 07:27 PM
@Zoobie: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homophobic (see the adjective definition) You're using the Bible to justify your closed mind and hateful heart. Christ would not approve. Period.
Donna August 03, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Donna August 03, 2012 at 05:36 AM
its our freedom here in the USA to say how we feel, what the heck is wrong with saying we believe in a marriage is between a man and a woman, It is in the bible, Believe what you want, but when we are condemn people because of their opinion, then thats just crap. I believe in God, I do not hate anyone, BUT i believe in a marriage is between man and woman.. Period. MY opinion, Im not homophobic, no hater, or whatever... Peace out.
Donna August 03, 2012 at 05:40 AM
no, surely not, but they can hire whomever they wish, thats why there is an interview process, if you think you arent judged by the way you look or the way you act, your so wrong, Ive seen a fast food resturant the manager wouldnt hire fat people, of course he didnt say the words, but if they were fat, the application went in the trash..you cant control the way people are, just live your life. I dont believe GOD made anyone GAY, why would he do that when its a sin, I believe its our choice to do whats right and just because if feels good to you dont make it RIGHT.. Again, My opinion..
Chuck Burton August 03, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Do you believe something is true just because it's written in a book? A book that had to be written by people? The Communist Manifesto is a book. So is Mein Kampf. Didn't those books create enough harm and hatred?
Chuck Burton August 03, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Donna thinks being gay is a "sin". Who defines sin? Priests and politicians - who have their own agendas - who's agendas might well be opposed to YOURS!
Parkvillehoney August 03, 2012 at 03:10 PM
I think if a business wants to promote their personal views, that's OK. As long as they don't discriminate in serving or hiring gay people, I feel OK with Chick-Fil-A to promote Christian values and gay people to promote their views. Can't we all get along?
Rainbow Mommy August 07, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Does Chick-Fil-A also make black people sit in the back? Are they even allowed in? It is no difference. This business disgusts me!!
Zoobie August 08, 2012 at 07:12 AM
Ya know what disgusts me? Congress passes a Bill, The Defense of Marriage Act (D.O.M.A.), the then President signs the Bill and it becomes Law of the land. Along comes an 'Imposter-In-Chief' into the Oval Office, who Orders the Attorney General of These United States, not to enforce D.O.M.A.! Now, if this doesn't rise to the level of "High Crimes and Misdemeanors", worthy of Impeachment, I don't know what does. And that's just one of many injustices in this administration that "Disgusts Me"!!!
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