When the president of fast-food restaurant chain Chick-fil-A spoke with the Baptist Press on July 16th, he weighed in with his views on family. Since then, two groups have formed that represent those that support the president’s views on family and those against with Chick-fil-A’s restaurants being the battlefield. Both sides have and continue to use the restaurant chains as the site for protests by both sides. For clarification, the two sides represent those that support same-sex marriage and those that do not, such as Dan Cathy; president and COO of Chick-fil-A’s restaurants.
When The Baptist Press made public Dan Cathy’s interview, those that supported same-sex marriages were shocked and offended. Some immediately called for people to boycott the restaurants vowing never to step foot in one of the restaurant chains again. Despite the backlash against the restaurants and its’ president, there are those that have shown support and helping any way that they can. Arkansas former governor, Mike Huckabee, called on people to buy food at the chain on Wednesday. He dubbed it “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”
Though the chain won’t release sales numbers, Chick-fil-A’s executive vice president of marketing Steve Robinson said that, “we can confirm reports that it was a record-setting day.” Huckabee was able to go on Facebook and created a page that announced the event. More than 620,000 people said they would participate. Those that support same-sex marriage are responding back with an event of their own. Gay rights activists are planning to hold a “national same-sex kiss day at Chick-fil-A” on Friday.
Since the uproar and counter-uproar over Dan Cathy’s comments were said nearly two weeks ago, a number of politicians have voiced their opinions on this issue. Two former GOP presidential candidates have showed their support for Cathy and encouraged people to show up for the Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day as mentioned earlier. As for the Democrats, four officials in three major northern U.S. cities spoke against the views of Dan Cathy. In fact, some have essentially told the Atlanta-based restaurant chain not to try and expand in their cities.
When Cathy spoke with the Baptist Press on July 16th, he affirmed that his company backs the traditional family unit. He said, “We are very much supportive of the family – 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. We give God thanks for that.” He also added that, “We 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.” His principles will be around for a long time as it appears this issue will be as well.
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This week, conservatives put their money where their mouths were—and visa versa—to support what many view as the restaurant’s intolerance, giving the chain a single-day sales record. Meanwhile, mayors of Chicago, Boston and San Francisco have denounced the restaurant’s stance.
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