There has been mad talk about whether the president of the chain should have openly voiced his opinion on gay marriage.
Chick-fil-A caused a stir after its president publicly voiced opposition to gay marriage this week. Now, the fast-food chain is hoping to back out of the debate altogether.
The quick-service chicken chain said Thursday in a statement that “going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”
For the company, leaving the policy debate means “not proactively being engaged in the dialogue” on gay marriage, spokesman Don Perry wrote in an email. Perry did not respond to questions on whether the company would stop donating to causes that oppose gay marriage.
The College Park, Ga., chain has won both censure and praise for recent statements made by its president Dan Cathy in opposition to gay marriage. In an interview with Baptist Press, Cathy said the company was “guilty as charged” in supporting 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,” said Cathy, the son of company founder S. Truett Cathy.
Chick-fil-A, which has about 1,600 restaurants and over $4 billion in sales, has been accused before of supporting an anti-gay agenda with donations, a view that the company has vigorously denied.
Follow your heart or let someone else boss you around. People do what they want to do and you should to.
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