Chick-fil-A: Gay marriage debate and fast-food chicken? Yup.
Chick-fil-A president's comments on 'biblical definition' of family create firestorm among gay marriage supporters and opponents. Boston mayor wants to keep Chick-fil-A out of his city.
From calls for a boycott to pledges of support,Â Chick-fil-AÂ president Dan Cathyâ€™s recent comments supporting traditional marriage have prompted strong reactions from groups on both sides of the issue.
Cathyâ€™s remarks earlier this week to a Baptist website, in which he affirmed the Atlanta-based companyâ€™s belief in â€śthe biblical definition of the family unit,â€ť went viral Wednesday. Supporters and opponents of gay unions immediately weighed in.
â€śWe 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,â€ť Cathy told the Baptist Press.
As of Friday afternoon, more than 2,100 people had signed a pledge at Causes.com to boycottÂ Chick-fil-A. The petition was sponsored by the Trevor Project, a national organization focused on suicide prevention efforts for LGBT youth.
â€śAs customers, we can no longer stomach your intolerance and disrespect for countless LGBT citizens,â€ť the pledge reads. â€śUntil your companyâ€™s values reflect the freedoms and dignities that all American citizens are due, we will no longer eat atÂ Chick-fil-A!â€ť
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino told the Boston Herald he would work to blockÂ Chick-fil-AÂ from opening a restaurant in the city. â€śYou canâ€™t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population,â€ť Menino said.
Several conservative organizations released statements of support for Cathy. The National Organization for Marriage, for example, called the son ofÂ Chick-fil-AÂ founder Truett Cathy â€śa corporate hero for marriage.â€ť
The company appeared to be trying to move beyond the issue, saying on its Facebook page that it would â€śleave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.â€ť
â€śTheÂ Chick-fil-AÂ culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect â€” regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender,â€ť according to the statement posted Thursday.