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Chick-fil-a president posts, then deletes anti-gay marriage remark on Twitter

Friday, June 28, 2013

ATLANTA — The president of the fast-food restaurant chain Chick-fil-A has once again injected himself into the gay marriage debate, this time criticizing U.S. Supreme Court rulings.

Dan Cathy posted a comment Wednesday on Twitter criticizing a pair of U.S. Supreme Court rulings. Those decisions will extend federal recognition to same-sex marriages in the states where they are legal, and will add California – the most populous state – to the 12 others in that category.

Dan Cathy

“Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies,” Cathy wrote, reported The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The post was later deleted.

Chick-fil-A issued a statement acknowledging the post, saying Cathy was offering a personal comment.

“Dan recognizes his views do not necessarily represent the views of all Chick-fil- A customers, restaurant owners and employees, so he removed the tweet to eliminate any confusion,” the company said.

Cathy’s view on gay marriage has created controversy for the Atlanta-based company best known for its fried chicken sandwiches and closing on Sundays.

Last year, Cathy told the Baptist Press that the company was “guilty as charged” for backing “the biblical definition of a family.” In a later radio interview, he ratcheted up the rhetoric: “I think 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.’”

Public officials in Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago told the company it was no not welcome, though the firm said it set a one-day sales record when after its supporters – including many religious conservatives – held a “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” last year.

Gay marriage supporters held a “Kiss In” at the restaurants to protest Cathy’s views.

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  1. Fuck you i hope nobody buys any of your food,i was disgusted a while back when the shit they were doing became headlines and people lined up to get food from them. Very sick and depressing.

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:09am
  2. he is just trying to get publicity for his business if we stop paying attention to him he won’t get what he wants

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:09am
  3. Like Ann Coulter and The Westboro Baptist folk, this creep just wants to get another few seconds of public attention.

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:09am
  4. We get it, he’s a homophobe, moving on…

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:10am
  5. thank you for identifying yourself as a homophobe so that my family knew to never buy your food again

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:11am
  6. Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:11am
  7. Just sucks because they have such an amazing Leadership seminar every year and I like the knowledge I gain but I struggle knowing i’m supporting such an a-hole!

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:13am
  8. Damn straight fuck this dumb mother fucker some people ignoarance is well ignorant.

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:13am
  9. They are building one of these horrid places nearby. I’ve never eaten there, will never eat there. Kind of makes me want to picket this establishment before it’s even open…

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:13am
  10. That’s OKAY..I deleted eating at that Chicken shack anyway

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:14am
  11. Again, strengths my resolve never to spend money at his stores.

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:14am
  12. i hate him and his company i hope he goes backrupt and dies alone

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:15am
  13. abd i dont eat there because of that douch bag he dosent support me or us then ill take my money aome where els

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:15am
  14. Just LOL LOL LOL

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:16am
  15. Who cares! (I love this Nancy Pelosi phrase)

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:16am
  16. I stopped eating at Chick Fil A when this idiot Dan Cathy made news the first time. He made him self look like an ass then and his ass has gotten bigger. People need to stop supporting trends and start supporting their beliefs.

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:19am
  17. Did these people ever consider that if god doesn’t exist, they are just being assholes for no reason.

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:19am
  18. to bad so sad

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:20am
  19. Fuck you Mr. Dickhole! No one wants your chicken shit fill-a!

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:21am
  20. Douche-baggery

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:21am
  21. This guy is a jerk. Has been.

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:22am
  22. Hahaha all that money spent on prob 8 and loss of gay support money. Stupid business move and your stubborn ways will probably keep u angry for a really long time. That’s ok sit back “eat more chicken” and attemp to not make a fool of yourself again.

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:22am
  23. One day all truths will be known, and if we stand in judgement for being gay then he will stand in judgement for judging, condemnation, hate and unforgiveness himself. He who has no sin shall cast the first stone. He just needs to look where he’s throwing.

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:23am
  24. It’s quite okay. I’ve DELETED Chick-Fil-A from my places to eat.

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:23am
  25. do not come to my City Sir (Rochester NY)…you WILL be run out of town!!! Or Actually come to my city we would love to see you waste your money and Lord Knows we need a new place to Picket and shut down.

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:24am
  26. If you eat at Chick-fil-A, you directly finance bigotry–plain and simple. Enjoy your sandwich and waffle fries, but own the fact that you are a financial supporter of bigotry.

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:26am
  27. he should just keep his mouth shut

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:27am
  28. waaa waaa waa… no one gives a fu’k what you think…living free in the USA..like we should be!

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:27am
  29. filled bag of disgusting hate!!.. hate this place this man and his followers..prick

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:28am
  30. I hope he chokes on his burgers.

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:29am
  31. Our Mayor stopped them from coming to Boston. They wanted a spot on the Freedom Trail–laughable, isn’t it? A uBurger is now open in that location. My family went there on opening day and the place was packed! If you want to fight bigotry, one of the most powerful weapons is sitting right there in your wallet.

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:30am
  32. If he wants to keep his business going, he needs to stop funding hate groups. He also needs to stop being hateful toward the LGBT community since many of his owners and employees are LGBT! God is love, not hate!

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:31am
  33. that’s exactly what he’s trying to do. He better watch out, all the people who are happy about this might just stop eating HIS chicken. I know I will never eat there again?

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:32am
  34. I feel the same way!!

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:32am
  35. BLOW UP THEIR CUSTOMER CARE LINE. I REQUESTED MY CALL TO BE RECORDED AND SENT TO THE CEO. MAYBE IF ENOUGH PEOPLE CALL THEY WILL ACTUALLY DO IT! Chick-fil-A, Inc.
    5200 Buffington Road
    Atlanta, GA 30349-2998
    (404) 765-8038

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:32am
  36. I don’t know why people patronize this piece of shit’s restaurants!!!

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:32am
  37. Blithering idiot.

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:33am
  38. I feel bad his ignorance is such a burden to him. Maybe gays can pray HIM away :D

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:35am
  39. These people just can’t control themselves.

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:36am
  40. LOL. Newsflash to Dan Cathy, there is no deleting on the internet. That shit’s here forever.

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:39am
  41. Hey, baby steps! At least he learned that he has to delete it now! LOL It’s like dog training.

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:41am
  42. Doesn’t surprise me.

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:44am
  43. This is surprising how? Just because you dye the hair, doesn’t mean the stripes aren’t there.

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:48am
  44. Is that his clown picture?

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:54am
  45. The food is so good. It’s just a shame this guy is in charge.

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:54am
  46. Who cares. He can say whatever he wants . And so can I ……what a dumb ass. LESBIAN PROUD!!!

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:54am
  47. F him and his way overpriced fast food..Artery clogger

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:55am
  48. he figured the controversay made a surge in buisness before why not try it again… pissed off about equality? go eat at chck fil a.. I say they should eat as much of that fried shit as possible..

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:56am
  49. Good thing I’m allergic to peanut oil!

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 12:03pm
  50. Who cares? We Won!

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 12:16pm
  51. Vile. Unhealthy food, never ate it, never will.

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 12:19pm
  52. Jack ass- perhaps he realizes all the millions his Co- threw in to Back Prop 8 DOMA matter nothing ! I guess being against Federal Supreme court rulings is bad for business. Chik- Flic never enter my thoughts of a place to EVER eat- Perhaps to leave my feeling on Genetically modified HOMOPHOBIC chicken-

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 12:25pm
  53. his food is poison anyway, i understand totaly how he got rich off a public that certainly could care less about health, i mean look at McDonalds, all poison. We live in a very unhealthy country. Who cares what he says?

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 12:26pm
  54. And your FOOD SUCKS TOO!

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 12:30pm
  55. i haven’t eaten anything from chic fil a for years…and any thing the owners say or don’t say mean nothing…..only those you love can hurt with with words or deeds….

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 12:36pm
  56. BOYCOTT

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 12:58pm
  57. I believe he has every right to voice his opinion just as we all do. When it comes to business, I would probably not say a whole lot b/c why stir up controversy that could harm the brand? My grandma would say “if you poke the bee…”

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 12:58pm
  58. Boycott

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 1:16pm
  59. keep feeding those phony religionite people your chicken crap.

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 1:23pm
  60. I do not support his hatred in any way but my wife and I both love waffle fries:/ damn you! First you prevent my marriage and now you are such a douche I have to boycott your food!

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 1:23pm
  61. Me, too

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 1:39pm
  62. I haven’t had their hateful chicken in years. Makes me sick every time I drive by one

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 1:52pm
  63. Stoped eating here as soon as I knew what I was funding.. Eat less hate!

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 1:59pm
  64. Description of “F*cktard”

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 2:01pm
  65. Chic-ful-ashit

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 2:08pm
  66. He’s in need of free advertising…business is slow.

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 2:12pm
  67. He has the right to believe what he wishes, I know for a fact that dose not go to the stores in the chain most of them owned by some one else. I do not think it is fair to take his words and harm another. He has not harmed me and I will not harm any one else with his words. I think that is what Jesus would say .

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 3:02pm