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Anti-gay Chick-fil-A: ‘Gulity as charged’ in support of ‘traditional marriage’

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Fast-food chain Chick-fil-A — embroiled in a recent controversy surrounding the millions of dollars it donated to anti-gay organizations — has three words for gay rights advocates: “Guilty as charged.”

Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy, in an interview with the Baptist Press, said his company’s position supporting “traditional marriage” is based on values rooted in the Bible, and that he intends to “stay the course,” which has included donating to Exodus International, one of the world’s largest promoters of “ex-gay” therapy.

Some have opposed the company’s support of the traditional family. “Well, guilty as charged,” said Cathy when asked about the company’s position.

“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.

“We operate as a family business … our restaurants are typically led by families; some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that,” Cathy emphasized.

“We intend to stay the course,” he said. “We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”

According to an Equality Matters report released in November 2011, the WinShape Foundation — Chick-fil-A’s charitable arm, created by Chick-fil-A founder and chairman S. Truett Cathy in 1984 — received substantial funding from Chick-fil-A: in 2009 alone, WinShape received $7,814,788 from Chick-fil-A Inc.

That same year, WinShape distributed $1,733,699 among seven anti-gay groups, including the Marriage And Family Legacy Fund, Exodus International, and two groups identified as “hate groups” by the Southern Poverty Law CenterFocus on the Family and the Family Research Council.

Focus on the Family and the FRC have earned their “hate groups” designation for promoting known falsehoods about the LGBT community, including FRC’s claim that pedophilia is a “homosexual problem.”

Cathy has previously denied that Chick-fil-A’s donations were an endorsement of traditional marriage, and that the company would not “champion any political agendas” relating to marriages or families.

But in the Baptist Press interview, Cathy acknowledged that, although the WinShape Foundation began as a college scholarship and expanded to a foster care program, it has “morphed into a marriage program in conjunction with national marriage ministries.”

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49 more reader comments:

  1. if you don’t approve – don’t eat there

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 2:07pm
  2. They even blame pedophilia on gays, lovely. Just lovely.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 2:08pm
  3. I refuse to eat there!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 2:08pm
  4. Their chicken is tasty, but not SO tasty as to overcome that nasty mind-set. UGH.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 2:10pm
  5. shame on you

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 2:11pm
  6. i will never eat there again.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 2:11pm
  7. hells no, they got no dollar menu and i prefer beef in my burgars thank you very much.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 2:14pm
  8. traditional marriage MULTIPLE WIVES, LEGAL and ok to RAPE a wife…..”traditinoal according t othe bible

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 2:14pm
  9. That video is the funniest thing I have seen this week

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 2:15pm
  10. of course the BIBLE NEVER mentioned MARRIAGE……..

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 2:15pm
  11. Well I was already boycotting before I saw this. This reaffirms my boycott. I say take action. Convince friends and family to boycott. I already contacted chick-fil-a with a very nicely worded letter politely explaining my boycott to them and the immediately responded. They have no interest in loosing customers including LGBT and allies and they will respond quickly to all the comments. Let us flood their email box and let them know our disapproval. One person with kind but stern words wont be enough we need hundreds!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 2:16pm
  12. Good thing we don’t have those restaurants around where I live.. You fail Chick-fil-A.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 2:17pm
  13. I will never spend a penny in this establishment again! I rather go hungry! Signed a christian man, a gay man!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 2:18pm
  14. Tacky brand name. Gays wouldn’t accept them anyhow…

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 2:19pm
  15. Let’s just say whatever the fast “food” restaurant’s politics, the “food” they serve is disgusting processed poison. No self respecting queer would destroy rtheir bodies by eating that garbage! ORGANIC OR BUST!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 2:19pm
  16. (btw to send them a message they give you an option on their website to contact them and give feed back about a specific store. I just left out all store info and messaged them (politely). They are first and foremost a business and if we make them believe the potential of their business being threatened with customer loss they will act accordingly. Also remember they are NOT evil people and like you they are satanical for what they believe in. Treat them with respect and they will and DO return it even as you are telling them about the boycott.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 2:19pm
  17. I stopped eating there way before I found out about they’re anti-gay support. The employees were snobs.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 2:20pm
  18. Friends of mine were talking about trying to get a Chick-fil-A in Vegas until I informed them about all this. Needless to say, they ended their campaign…

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 2:28pm
  19. Another good reason not to eat garbage.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 2:41pm
  20. Oh really! Well, eff them!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 2:42pm
  21. Have never eaten there, never going to now!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 2:44pm
  22. Their suppliers are factory farms from what I hear! Haven’t eaten there in many years.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 2:46pm
  23. Really? You need to be told where not to eat? My issue here is the lack of research. I mean, that fact that they are closed on Sunday should be a red flag

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 2:46pm
  24. I will not be eating there!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 2:47pm
  25. Stopped eating there at the beginning of this year. I support equality and acceptance not hate and bigotry.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 2:47pm
  26. me too

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 2:50pm
  27. I hate this restaurant. Never judge people that go, but I never will.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 2:56pm
  28. Bingo lets plan a huge bash were all of us “society destroyers” go to a local location in our pretty rainbows and have us a ball.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 3:05pm
  29. i will never go to that resturant again everyone should boycott them how dare they do that its wrong

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 3:06pm
  30. I like when businesses and people are called out so I know who to boycot and who to support…
    I used to like Chic Fila~ too bad it’s so an GLBTQA!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 3:13pm
  31. Ha I’ve never heard of Chick-fil-A until this whole controversy…

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 3:20pm
  32. eat beef

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 3:33pm
  33. Foods still good. They could support eating faces. Foods still good and the ones here are gay friendly.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 3:41pm
  34. I use to go there quite often. Since I heard about there Anti-Gay crap I will never set foot in any Chick-fil-A. Even though I will never go there, I feel it is a very foolish idea that they are closed on Sunday.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 3:47pm
  35. This is why my husband I no longer eat here, or Cracker Barrel… We believe in Equal Rights and will fight til we can’t fight anymore for these rights!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 3:55pm
  36. I wouldn’t eat their “food” anyway even if they did support gay marriage.. 1) I’m not a redneck. 2) I’m not a Repugnicant 3) I don’t own a truck. 4) I don’t have a mullet and 5) I only eat healthy food.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 3:56pm
  37. Should have said I don’t own a truck…with a gunrack.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 3:57pm
  38. No more chic fila for me!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 4:01pm
  39. I started my boycott of this place in the 80s.
    They will never see one of MY Gay dollars.
    Hateful, narrow minded company.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 4:11pm
  40. Never had Chick-fil-a. Now I never will.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 4:50pm
  41. Alas, they don’t know much about the history of marriage.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 6:09pm
  42. I have never eaten there. What do they sell?

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 7:32pm
  43. That did it for me! Read the story! Against Gays! No more of my business! I’m done!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 7:37pm
  44. I have never eaten there and now i never will.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 10:23pm
  45. THe only cock gay men are boycotting en-masse

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 10:30pm
  46. ALmost wish they had one here so we could boycott it.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 7:56am
  47. I used to eat at Chick Fil A all the time in the 90′s but WILL NOT EAT there until they adopt a anti discrimination policy against GLBT people.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 11:37am
  48. Fuck you Chick fil a!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 3:37pm
  49. Holy CRAP! That was EXHAUSTING! If someone posted something for me, please repost. I have 200 notifications in facebook!! MOST OF THEM “Likes!” LOOK at their PHOTO ALBUM! I even posted VIDEOS! Including one for GenderQueer Atheist on YouTube! It was a BLAST! And I have such a head ache! WOOT! ! http://www.facebook.com/ChickfilA/photos

    Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 8:01pm