Chick fil a Anti Gay Statement: Dan Cathy, CEO Stands Ground on Ken Coleman Show

Chick-fil-a Anti Gay

If you would like to “Eat Mor Chickin” but prefer to keep politics out of your meals – you may have to find a new place to dine.

Earlier this week in a radio interview (Listen Below) on the “Ken Coleman Show“, Dan Cathy, president of Chick-Fil-A stated that he believed “we’re inviting God’s judgment on our nation” when it comes to the discussion in our nation regarding what constitutes marriage.

Chick fil a Anti Gay Statement

“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’ and 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.”

“We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family. 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 want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that,” Cathy said.

In taking such a public position, Cathy, and by default, Chick-Fil-A risk potentially offending a large portion of their customers. Same-sex marriage advocates were shocked that the company took such a position. In a response to Cathy, Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign which supports same-sex-marriage, said in a statement that Chick-fil-A “has finally come clean” after keeping it’s official position hidden for many years.

Giffin continued, “While they may have been in neutral, kicking this fight into overdrive now allows fair-minded consumers to make up their own minds whether they want to support an openly discriminatory company.”

Online reaction to the comments were quick and heated – many celebrities took to twitter and other social media to denounce the statement and threaten to boycott. Chick-Fil-A’s twitter and Facebook fan pages were inundated with comments ranging from support to downright disgust for the company and it’s stance.

Chick-Fil-A has long been a supporter of Christian and Biblical principles and even goes as far as making sure all stores remained closed on Sundays, operate wihtout debt, and give charity back to their communities. Earlier this year the company invited protest when it was revealed that they made charitable donations in the amount of $2 million to groups that actively advocates against Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender issues.

After the backlash of his comments, Cathy released a statement clarifying his position. In his statement, Cathy said that the culture of Chick-Fil-A is to “treat every person with honor, dignity, and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.”

He also went on to state that it is their intent to “leave the policy debate over same sex marriage to the government and political arena.”

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Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A

Dan has served as President and Chief Operating Officer at the $3.5 billion Chick-fil-A since 2001 and has worked for the company for over 40 years. Dan began his career at Chick-fil-A at age 9 as he sang songs for customers and did radio commercials for the chain’s original restaurant. Today, Chick-fil-A is one of the nation’s largest family-owned quick-service restaurant chains. Dan loves impacting the lives of others and says, “Regardless of my title, I actually work in Customer Service — and with more than 1,500 Chick-fil-A restaurants led by more than 60,000 team members, operators and corporate staff, I’ve got a lot of customers to serve!” Chick-fil-A is as much about people as it is about food and rather than lead from his corporate office in Atlanta, Cathy chooses to spend the majority of his time traveling to the chain’s growing family of restaurants and interacting with Chick-fil-A’s committed team of restaurant operators and team members. Dan is a husband, dad, musician, gardener, athlete, biker, pilot, Sunday school teacher and non-profit board member.

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33 Comments on "Chick fil a Anti Gay Statement: Dan Cathy, CEO Stands Ground on Ken Coleman Show"

  1. Around 12 years ago the DesMoines Iowa School Board ran an ad in the local paper and other places looking for ‘Openly Gay Counselors for their Junior and Senior High Schools’. The fallout was the Superintendent and 3 council members were voted out at the next election. They blamed the Christian Right for all the money used against them.
    Could they have ever run an ad for only ‘Straight Councilors’ without lawsuits?

  2. Shouldn’t Dan Cathy have also just kept his opinions to himself? Otherwise, none of this would’ve started.

    • Then should you not also have keep your opinion to your self? just saying

    • If I had stock in “Chik-Fill-A” and lawsuits were lost because the COO of the company made statements on record that made EEOC sexual orientation lawsuits gain merit from his statements and the ending result was reference to his statements that caused the loss of those lawsuits and a drop in my stock value….Yes…shut him up! His father Truet Cathy ran this company for years without hitting these landmines; and Truet is a great Christian man and founder of “Chik-Fill-A”. Sounds like Dan needs some dancing lessons and maybe a course in EEOC law. I had stated this on facebook earlier and was told that my position was without “supposition”. Let me know if it has merit after about a year when the cases that are filed against “Chik-Fill-A” and lost due to reference to statements with employees that were not advanced in their minds due to sexual orientation discrimination.

  3. I don’t give a ^&*% about who anyone chooses to sleep with. Chick-fil-a is a Christian company. Surprise! They support the ‘biblical’ definition of marriage. It’s the outrage at their unsurprising statement that pisses me off. The ‘hate’ coming off the ‘human rights’ side of this issue is why I went ate Chick-fil-a yesterday. So, Christians are now bigots because they choose to hold with their beliefs? Who’s being bigoted with this silly reaction? He didn’t say, “Burn them all to Hell!”. But that sure seems to be the way the GLBT community (or at least the POLITICAL aspects of that community) are pushing it.

    I’ll tell you what I hate. I hate having people tell me what I should and should not think. Keep your damned opinions to yourself and so will I.

    People cry out that ‘there should be laws against this!’ That’s BS. If you are that insecure with who you are, the problem is yours. Black, white, gay, straight, purple or green, we are all human. Every law that is enacted – favoring one or the otherm it really doesn’t matter! – is only separating us into different categories and only creating more hate, fear and resentment (and probably envy).

    I’ll be eating Chick-fil-a tomorrow too. Kiss away people. And while you are there, grab a sandwich. If you don’t, you’ll be loitering…

    • PositiveTrends | August 2, 2012 at 11:27 am |

      I appreciate your sentiments and generally feel the same exact way. Your statement that to keep “opinions to yourself and I so will I…” is exactly how I have felt over the years. It seems like it’s getting to the point that we can’t “keep our opinions to ourself” any more because the otherside is pushing their agenda to the point of the destruction of our rights to free speech. If we stay quiet much longer we will soon find our selves keeping our opinions to ourself by force. If we don’t speak now, then something that you or I do hold near and dear will soon be out lawed by political correctness too.

    • he has every right to express his opinion. Me and millions more like me have every right not to spend our money at his restaurants to support his wealth that he then donates to support discrimination of any group. Frankly, i am glad to know his views. I will never darken his doors again.

    • His statement was not the only thing people are standing up to..he openly donated $2 million dollars towards anti-gay activists to make sure gay marriage is not made legal. Marriage is a right it is not a “bibical priviledge” that should be mandated by religion.
      Slavery was ended for the same reason.. it is UNCONSTITUTIONAL. ALL mankind are to be created equal. The constitution was not written by God. Gays are not defined by their sexual preference any more than a straight woman is for wanted to have sex with a man. Gays work, pay taxes and contribute to this country like you do. I guarantee that someone close to you is gay and you have no idea because it doesn’t change that they are a human being and that it doesn’t effect you personally at all!

    • Trevor Cherewka | August 7, 2012 at 3:18 pm |

      Great points Carey. This situation is making it that if you speak what you believe then watch out because someone is going to get you.

      As for political donations, if we knew who gave what and to whom then we would be a scared nation. I thought I was the only one that was like “uh…surprise, they gave money to a Christian group”.

      And as for speaking up, we shouldn’t make people think that being in the closet is better than being who you truly are, whether that be gay or Christian.


  4. That’s like saying “I’m not against black people, I’m just against black people having rights.” Then yes, you are against black people.

    Replace “black” with “gay” and that’s exactly what you have here.

    • Excuse me but when do you have a choice of what color skin you are? I’m black and I’m am tired of the “gay” community comparing themselves to me.

    • The bible says in many places that marriage should be between a man and a woman. These people are sinning and disappointing God with their homeosexual lives. This has nothing to do with being black. I support chikfila as they make a stand and let everyone know their beliefs and the Truth from God. Same sex marriage is a sin, and this restaurant is speaking the truth and making people aware that they are sinning. All of those people turning away from chikfila because of what they support are turning away from God and the truth as well.

    • Being gay is also not a choice! You are born gay, as you are born black.
      The bible is translated and changed so many times, how can you seriously take that as a basis for rights?! All people are equal and especially America should represent that!
      Heidi – German gay Muslim!

    • Homosexuality is exactly a choice. Testosterone deficiencies leading to more feminine behavior or feelings are equivalent to vitamin D or Vitamin E deficiencies. They make a pill for that. An even stronger contributing factor are environments that people are more and more insisting kids be raised in. Maybe a kid raised by homosexuals or around them wont be a homo, but what do you think percentage raises from the same kid raised around a traditional family. How many little boys do you see on playgrounds chasing other boys, or girls giggling about other girls. Interests didn’t start homosexual. Science has in not proven homosexuality as a genetic condition, and any one saying they have is lying to you. Once again feminine behavior caused by hormone deficiencies is not equivalent to science. If you have a question, unzip and look down, now find someone with the other puzzle piece (hint, two edges dont go together). You are insulting the fight for freedom our black/African American culture had to endure by claiming their racial difference is the same someones choice to have sex with the same sex.

    • You are WRONG!! Discrimination against blacks is not the same as discrimination against gays. you can not replace black with gay and get the same thing. Black were slaves, never gays, blacks couldn’t be in the same buildings as whites they had to have their own run down version. Blacks were lynched and beaten raped and burned. Little children who were black where burned. There churches were burned down. Cops would beat a lot of blacks to death. Black girls couldn’t walk alone at night! Also gays never had the Willie lynch theory where they turned black against each other during slavery. Dark against light man against woman, old against young and vice versa so don’t you dear compare gay struggles to blacks. there is no comparison you can’t hide being black there is no in the closet for being black!

  5. Markegtgirl305 | July 30, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Reply

    Francie you have not finished quoting scripture pertaining to the evolvement of marriage in biblical times. You can find in Paul’s letters that each man take only one wife.

  6. I want more chicken!
    Yea Dan Cathy!

  7. If Redeemed Say So | July 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Reply

    I thank God for Chick-fil-A taking a stand regarding this issue. I wish more businesses as well as people that share the Christian faith would publicly express their belief.

  8. Bigot- a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion. — How is this not the definition of the entire gay agenda? I am not concerned with who you sleep with or who you marry for that matter. Go right ahead, but all this backlash because a man says that he believes in traditional marriage is absolute bigotry. Why must the entire world think as the Gay agenda does or be subject to their wrath?? Where is the room for varying opinions?

    • Markegtgirl305 | July 30, 2012 at 5:52 pm |

      According to the definition you present, everyone has been a bigot in some form or fashion if you are utterly intolerant of a belief or opinion.

    • Markegtgirl305 – you hit it right on the head. Everyone is, one way or the other. If you are so naive to think otherwise, you’re not living in the same world I am. What are your thoughts on Islam? Being gay is a killin’ offense in some islamic countries. How about those drug cartels in Mexico? They’re only trying to make a buck, right? If drugs weren’t illegal, the thugs down there would be smiling and selling nicknacks to the tourists. Anyone who says they are completely free of being ‘utterly intolerant of a belief or opinion’ is a deluded fool. Me – I’m thinking I am utterly intolerant of deluded fools.

  9. Erin Grossheim | July 25, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Reply

    Standing against gay-marriage doesn’t make you anti-gay. I firmly stand behind Cathy’s position. Way to go Chick-fil-a!

    • Actually, it does. How can you be against gay rights but not against gays?

    • Not being for gay rights doesn’t mean you have to hate gays. I believe in the biblical definition of marriage and will stand by it always, but will not condemn any gay person, but love them and pray for them, which as Christians is all we can do, it is not up to us to judge anyone or condemn them for their beliefs. And I don’t believe Mr. Cathy is doing this either. He is stating his beliefs and I’m proud of him.

    • Julie – I’m curious. What is the bible’s definition of marriage? Please don’t paraphrase, God’s word as it was presented would be best.

      Thanks in advance

    • Julie, the patriarchs of the Bible had multiple wives & concubines. For example, King David had 10 wives (See 2 Samuel 3:2-5, but this list is missing two wives – the first one, Michal, and the last one, Bathsheba. Their names in order are: Michal , Ahinoam, Abigail, Maacah, Haggith, Abital, Eglah, and Bathsheba.)

      Marriage has ALREADY been re-defined from Biblical times. Jesus was remarkably silent on this topic. Just saying…

      I also wonder about Mr. Cathy’s statement about (the people in their organization) still married to their first wives. REALLY? I know this isn’t true.

    • Genesis 2:22-24

    • Of course it makes you anti-gay! Who are you to judge people?
      How does gay marriage affect you in any way? Maybe it should also be forbidden again for women and black to vote?
      D*** … so sick of retarded thinking

  10. Bigot- a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion. Would that not define your position?

    • You have to either be a bigot or a spineless person who will not have an opinion for fear of offending someone. Syaing it is wrong to stand up for an anti-gay stance is no different than having the opposing opinion. I have not heard any toleration from the pro-gay side of this argument either but at least people holding the anti-gay stance are not attacking everyone and anyone with the opposing opinion.

    • “But at least people holding the anti-gay stance are not attacking everyone and anyone with the opposing opinion.”

      The National Organization of Marriage has announced boycotts of Starbucks and General Mills for their support for gay marriage.

      One Million Moms, a group supported by the American Family Association (also supported by Dan Cathy’s WinShape foundation), announced a boycott of Amazon over their founder Jeff Bezos’ support for gay marriage in Washington State. They have also had boycotts against JCPenney over their support.

      The AFA have also for year had a boycott against Home Depot for their support of gay rights.

      Shall I go on?

  11. Jessica Caudill | July 25, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Reply

    And Bigot of the Month goes to…..this guy. Wow.

  12. Frankie Bumgarner | July 25, 2012 at 8:58 am | Reply

    Thanks for standing up for the family unit.

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