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Questions Arise, Is Chik-fil-A Against Gay Marriage?

The fast food chain's president confirmed his opposition to same sex marriage in several interviews.

The nearby Chik-fil-A in Industry has become a popular hang out for families and students from around Diamond Bar and Walnut.

Known as friendly place with good food, the eatery has always been known for its family values. It goes so far as to close it's doors on Sundays for the benefit of the those with faith.

But a controversy is brewing on social media platforms that has cast a spotlight on the chain and its values. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Chik-fil-A's president has confirmed those behind the company are opposed to gay marriage.

"We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit," Dan Cathy, president of the fast food chain, told the Baptist Press. "We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that."

Just prior to that, Cathy had appeared on the Ken Coleman Radio Show. He is quoted by several publications as saying, "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,' " Cathy said. "I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about."

Despite a more recent posting on the Chik-fil-A Facebook page which tries to soften the tone of the issue, Cathy has come under fire for his comments.

What do you think about the issue? And do you have any problem continuing to patronize the eatery?

Jane Wilson July 19, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Good for him! What people do in the privacy of their own homes is their business. However, if his company takes a stand more power to them. I'm so sick of this "in your face" advocacy of the GLBT community. Live your life, be happy. Stop trying to push people who don't agree with you into submission. Christian people can't even state their opinion without being called bigots and racist. Yet we have to buy into the gay agenda or be shouted down. I have not problem with gay people. I do have a problem with all the obnoxious pushiness. Mr. Cathy, you will get more business, than what you will lose. Thanks for standing up for your beliefs.
X July 20, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Sure, Jane. You've been shouted down - like when you passed Prop 8? Really. Join reality.
X July 20, 2012 at 04:04 AM
I'm the most amazed that anybody eats their food. For years Chick-Fil-A was found predominately in food courts. Lousy food will get you relegated to food court status. Their premiere sandwich is a fried chicken patty with a pickle slice on a bun. No condiments. No lettuce. No tomato. No thanks. I'll stick with In-N-Out. I grew up around Chick-Fil-A and always thought it was junk.
Jane Wilson July 20, 2012 at 05:23 AM
I would expect just exactly that type of answer. Such a class act. It passing in other states, go move there. These "advocates" going to the White House and making vulgar gestures at presidential portraits. No respect at all. People would respect the gay agenda if it weren't so in your face. Chic-Fil-A is at least honest about what they stand for. They don't use protest signs in front of a gay bar. Unlike the advocates who stand in front of Chic-Fil-A with signs. You don't like what they stand for, eat somewhere else. There will be no lack of crowds at Chic-Fil-A. People are hungry, they don't care if the restaurant approves of gay marriage or not. They just want to eat. As for Prop 8 it might have passed. People are tired of the "You don't like me because I'm gay." No the dislike comes from the constant pushing of being gay. Act like a person, not by your sexual identity.
Jane Wilson July 20, 2012 at 05:31 AM
What I mean by that is heterosexual people aren't broadcasting and be obnoxious. Be yourself, be happy, be gay, be what you want. Just be respectful to others and your environment.
X July 20, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Heterosexual people broadcast their sexuality and are obnoxious about it. You're just immune to seeing it because of your bias. Again, join reality. You sound absurd.
X July 20, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Jane - I do eat some place. I never eat at Chick-Fil-A for the reason I described above - terrible food. Try learning to read. By the way, you're the one who makes it about sexual behavior, not gay people. Really. Join reality. Also, those who like Chick-Fil-A's stance should eat there. Heart disease & hate should go hand in hand.
Rosemary July 20, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Are we back in the Inquisition era? We cannot express our opinion if is not in line with gays? What has come of this country? Where is our Freedom of Speech? I am sick and tired of all media that in their quest for politically correctness subjugate all other opinions. America is the last bastion for freedom in the world. I don't understand why gays are not happy with just do whatever they want to do without forcing us to accept it as a norm. If we fall for that next are going to be the prostitutes showing in school on career day..... Wake up America, do not let anybody muzzel us.
Jane Wilson July 20, 2012 at 02:06 PM
It really sounds like you need to join reality. I sound absurd to you because I don't buy into all this politically correct nonsense. Be gay, be happy, live life to the fullest. Don't expect or demand special treatment. It is the loud mouth advocates that irritates me. There are ways of making your point to the American people. I don't appreciate Westboro Baptist showing up protesting at fallen soldiers funerals either. It's about respect. Neither group seems to posses the tact of expressing themselves without being obnoxious. This is my main complaint. As for Truet Cathy, people don't have to like his position, but he's not standing out in front of a gay bar confronting people. Unlike some of the loudmouths who stand out and protest in front of his restaurants.
X July 20, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Rosemary - Who said Chick-Fil-A couldn't express their opinion? Sounds like you and Jane want to demand that gays be silenced and not be allowed to criticize Chick-Fil-A for its view. Chick-Fil-A is free to express its opinion but gay people are equally allowed to point out the stupidity that is Chick-Fil-A. The street runs both ways, despite your desire to throw up a roadblock.
X July 20, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Nobody has asked for special treatment. Join reality, Jane.
Trisha Bowler July 20, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Jane, Great posts! I agree with you 200%!! My oldest son's first job was with Chick-Fil-A in Puente Hills. It is a Christian family owned business and I was thrilled that my son worked for such a great company. YES, every privately owned business has a right to make it's own policy and certainly entitled to their own opinion. That company gives scholarships to young students. They put their money where their mouths are! God bless Mr. Cathy and you too Jane and Rosemary too for standing up for what is supposed to be our American freedoms!!
Dave Zaccagnino July 20, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Being a straight man (like it matters), I find it ridiculous that religious zealotry guides corporate policy/opinion. I've never been to Chik-fil-A and now, I absolutely never will. There are way too many other choices out there where the corporate honchos aren't proudly putting their stupidity and ignorance out on display.
Julia Nelson July 20, 2012 at 06:16 PM
I've decided to not give my money to Chick-fil-A. I have gay friends who are quiet, good citizens in long-term stable relationships who are being hurt by the anti-gay bias in this country. I am not gay, but I don't see why gay people should not be afforded the same rights. The United States is not a theocracy, so what it says in the Old Testament should not rule our laws. A straight person's 72-day marriage is more moral than a gay couple together several years? I don't think so.
Dave Zaccagnino July 20, 2012 at 07:25 PM
VERY well said, Julia! I have a couple of gay friends in Sacramento who will be celebrating their 25th anniversary next year. Meanwhile, I have straight friends that slut around and have abortions. Sexual orientation shouldn't even be an issue in this country in this day and age. But as long as we have religious nutcases like Dan Cathy heading-up large companies, I suppose this will continue to be a point of discussion for the next 500 to 1,000 years (or until this country awakes from its Dark Ages-like fog, whichever comes first).
Julia Nelson July 20, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Prop. 8 passed because millions of dollars in out-of-state money poured into California from people like Mr. Cathy. I'd say it wasn't a level playing field. And just because people approve an initiative, it doesn't mean it's a constitutional law.
Trisha Bowler July 21, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Hey Guys, You are missing the point. I have gay friends too and they are wonderful people. I have nothing against them personally. However, the point is that this is America and a business owner has every right to call the shots when dealing with his own business. I respect him for that. You have the right not to patronize their businesses. End of story.
Julia Nelson July 21, 2012 at 05:46 AM
Yes, he's entitled to his opinion, but I don't have to respect a hateful opinion.
Trisha Bowler July 21, 2012 at 05:49 AM
WHY is it when someone has a difference of opinion it's called a "hateful opinion"! It's HIS business and he isn't saying that certain people can't enter his store. He just stated his views on a certain subject. You can love a person but not support his lifestyle and the man has a right to state his opinion when asked!!! Get over it!!
Julia Nelson July 21, 2012 at 06:33 AM
Would you say the same thing if he said he didn't believe black people could get married? Civil rights are for everyone.
X July 21, 2012 at 07:04 AM
Trisha - Have you even looked into the groups that Chick-Fil-A donates too? They donated to the Family Research Council which has said things like... 1. "...one of the primary goals of the homosexual rights movement is to abolish all age of consent laws and to eventually recognize pedophiles as the 'prophets' of a new sexual order." 2. Peter Sprigg: I think that the Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v. Texas which overturned the sodomy laws in this country was wrongly decided. I think there would be a place for criminal sanctions against homosexual behavior. 3. has equated homosexuality with pedophilia. So, Trisha he didn't just state his views. He donates money to groups that spread outright lies and believe that gays should be imprisoned. Is that a Christian value and something to be proud of?
X July 21, 2012 at 07:11 AM
Chick-Fil-A donated to Exodus International which had this to say about gay people. “At the same time, homosexual men who are unable to sustain healthy peer relationships might well find the potential for age-inappropriate attractions more real than they thought possible.” Of course, Exodus provides no proof for this claim because there isn't any and, in reality, the evidence shows that men leading heterosexual lives are the ones most likely to commit sexual offenses against children. Chick-Fil-A is doing much more than stating an opinion. It's donating money to groups that spread inaccurate information about LGBT people. You might ask yourself why you think it's ok for people to spread lies about these gay friends you supposedly have.
Dave Zaccagnino July 21, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Well said, ElectraDaddy! As usual, once you begin stating facts, figures, and direct quotes, the ignorant, religious bigots usually clam-up like a mob hitman on the witness stand. Sure, Mr. Cathy is entitled to his opinion. I fully support the 1st Amendment of our Constitution. But I suppose this discussion wouldn't be much of a discussion if Mr. Cathy said something along the lines of "I miss the days of slavery." Because we're talking about a class of people where it is still legal to deny them many of the same rights/privileges that 90% of Americans enjoy, I suppose Mr. Cathy can spew whatever hatred/ignorance/bigotry he wants all day long. Whether or not somebody wants to support a company like his, that's their choice. I sleep VERY well at night because I have a clear conscience and don't give a penny to companies like Chik-Fil-A.
julie dawson July 31, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Hi Electra Daddy, Could you please google these quotes you acuse the above foundations above of stating. If you have time I would appreciate it if you could then post the links on this blog. I would like to read them, i looked and couldn't find specefic examples of the above. Thanks

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