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Chick-fil-A has confirmed that they support anti-gay Christian organizations, after remaining silent about the controversy for years.
In an interview with the Baptist Press, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy, the son of company founder S. Truett Cathy, addressed what the publication described as his company’s “support of the traditional family.”
“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… 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,” Cathy said.
Cathy’s remarks have made many in the LGBT community upset. David Badash of The New Civil Rights Movement said, “Apparently, in the Cathy family’s mind, gay people don’t have families, no one divorces, and everyone must be Christian.”
Recently, the Atlanta-based company has been questioned over contributions they have made. The fast food chain donated nearly $2 million to anti-gay groups over the course of 2010. In response to this, Northeastern University officials squashed plans for a campus-based franchise over student concerns and New York University student Hillary Dworkoski launched a petition asking NYU to close their Chick-fil-A franchise, which is the only one in Manhattan.