Hollywood celebrities and pro-homosexual groups are boycotting the popular restaurant chain Chick-fil-A in response to comments from the company’s president that he does not support homosexual marriage.
Don Cathy, the president and chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A, recently told Baptist Press that he is “very much supporting 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 added.
According to the Washington Post, Cathy had also stated on a radio broadcast last month that he believed that the promotion of homosexual “marriage” was evoking the wrath of God upon America.
“As it relates to society in general, I think we’re inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake out fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,'” he said. “And I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is about.”
Following reports of these statements, Ed Helms of the popular ABC television broadcast “The Office” and actor in the film “The Hangover,” announced that he would be boycotting Chick-fil-A.
“Chick-fil-A doesn’t like gay people? So lame. Hate to think what they do to the gay chickens! Lost a loyal fan,” he wrote on Twitter to followers.
The homosexual group No H8, which is reported to be supported by celebrities Miley Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan and the Kardashian sisters also urged others to boycott the popular restaurant chain as well.
Additionally, the organization Georgia Equality, located in the home state of the Chick-fil-A headquarters, reported that other homosexual groups nationwide have launched boycotts. It decried the pro-family ties the popular restaurant maintains.
“The chain has deep connections to anti-gay organizations like Focus on the Family, the National Organization for Marriage, Exodus International, and the Pennsylvania Family Institute,” it wrote. “The Pennsylvania Family Institute has been a leading opponent of marriage equality, and has condemned the expansion of civil rights for same-sex couples. They’ve called same-sex marriage a threat to children, argued that same-sex marriage destroys civilization, and said that gay couples hurt families. Is this the type of politics that Chick-fil-A wants to support?
“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,” Don Cathy said.
However, the company issued a statement on Facebook yesterday as a follow-up the firestorm of controversy.
“The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 Restaurants run by independent owner/operators,” it reads. “Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”
The status generated over 12,000 comments by the end of the day both for and against the company, with the majority of the supportive comments not seeming bothered that the company was pledging to distance itself it from discussing homosexual “marriage” and leaving it up to politicians.
“Don’t let the voices of doom discourage you. There are plenty on here. I pray for mercy for them. Keep your Biblical values always. God will bless you,” one follower wrote.
“Definitely an improved stance. Don’t judge gay people. Leave that to God,” wrote another commenter.
Pro-homosexual groups are still vowing to continue a boycott of Chick-fil-A following the issuance of yesterday’s statement.
Chick-fil-A owns 1,608 restaurants nationwide and is estimated as earning approximately $4 billion a year. It is well-known for its slogan “Eat Mor Chikin,” which is often depicted on signs held by cows.