Principal Bans Booster Club from Selling Chick-fil-A Sandwiches over Marriage Stance

800px-ChickFilA-ChickenSandwichVENTURA, Calif. — The principal of a high school in California has banned the booster club for the school from selling Chick-fil-A sandwiches for its football fundraiser due to the company’s stance on the institution of marriage.

Val Wyatt, principal of Ventura High School, recently told the Ventura County Star that she wanted to refrain from using outside vendors, but also cited her concerns about Chick-fil-A’s opposition to same-sex “marriage.”

“With their political stance on gay rights and because the students of Ventura High School and their parents would be at the event, I didn’t want them on,” she stated.

Trudy Tuttle Ariaga, superintendent of the Ventura Unified School District, agreed with Wyatt.

“We value inclusivity and diversity on our campus, and all our events and activities are going to adhere to our mission,” she said.

But local Chick-fil-A owner Robert Shaffer, who had offered to donate 200 meals for the fundraiser, which sought to raise $1600 for the school’s football team, told reporters that the company doesn’t have a position on the matter.

“Chick-fil-A doesn’t have a stance on gay marriage,” Shaffer told the Star. “We treat everyone who walks through our doors, regardless of their religion or sexual orientation, with honor, dignity and respect.”

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Wyatt and Ariaga were referring to statements made by company president Dan Cathy in recent years surrounding the issue of homosexuality. In 2012, Cathy 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,” he said. “We give God thanks for that.”

According to the Washington Post, Cathy had also stated on a radio broadcast 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 our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’” he opined. “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.”

Last year, after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Cathy Tweeted, “Sad day for our nation. [The] founding fathers would be ashamed of our generation to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies.” He later deleted the post.

Following initial uproar about the matter in 2012, including assertions that the company donates to organizations that oppose same-sex “marriage,” the company issued a statement outlining that it had never sought to donate to groups that speak against homosexuality, and that “[g]oing forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”

“For many months now, Chick-fil-A’s corporate giving has been mischaracterized,” the fast food chain wrote in a separate news release. “Our intent is not to support political or social agendas.”

It also pointed to a document entitled “Who We Are,” which noted that “[t]here are many diverse viewpoints and opinions among those associated with Chick-fil-A,” and that “[i]f someone in Chick-fil-A offers a personal viewpoint, they do not presume to speak for everyone.”

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  • The Road from Damascus

    Oh boy. There’s reality, and then there’s evangelical reality. Only one lines up with the facts however, and the facts are not subjective. The ‘gay agenda’, the ‘queer juggernaut’, ‘Kalifornia’??? Really???

    What you think is the gay agenda is nothing more than a group of American citizens fighting for equal rights, that’s all. Contrary to what you may hear in your echo chambers, they do not care if you endorse their lifestyle, they just demand equal treatment under the law, and unfortunately for you, you have no legitimate argument to stop them. Since being gay isn’t a criminal offense, there’s no reason whatsoever under the law they aren’t entitled to fair treatment. It is no matter that you believe they are sinful; this country is not a theocracy. We live in a country built on equality, and although we’ve made plenty of mistakes, we’re well on our way toward realizing the dream the founding fathers envisioned. I’m sure they didn’t envision gay marriage, but they most certainly did envision a society where EVERYBODY is treated with dignity and equality under the law. They also recognized that societies evolve over time. What is deemed unacceptable at one time is often later quite common. Gay men and women deserve the same equal rights you enjoy, and will continue to enjoy, despite happy men and women marrying the spouse of their choice.

    Attack at will, but please spare me any religious arguments, as they’re totally irrelevant under our law. Your remaining arguments will be easily refuted as they are proffered.

    You don’t have to like it, but you do have to accept it. Gay marriage is here to stay.

    • sdibiasio

      NO, I DO NOT HAVE TO ACCEPT WHAT I KNOW IS MORALLY WRONG. Do whatever you like behind your bedroom door…. free country, remember. But DO NOT tell me I have to accept the fornication and abomination. There is no hope for anyone who will twist the words of the Holy Word to justify their own carnal lusts. Twisting the words of the Holy Scripture is the creation on Satan who wants to draw us further away from our father. You need to pray for guidance. You need to spend the day with our Holy Father and have a gut wrenching, honest conversation with him. He loves you. He loves ALL of us. He wants all of us to be with Him in His kingdom. But the door to that kingdom is slowly closing. Once closed, it will be too late. Anyone reading this post should also pray that you will come to repentance.

      • C.P. Steinmetz

        Boy, it is a good thing you didn’t reply to The Road from Damascus with a religious argument.

  • Mark

    The user name should be changed to The Road to hell instead because that is exactly where the user is headed. BTW, why spare the religious arguement of your comment? Afraid the truth of God’s word will cause you to repent.

    Another BTW, there is already EQUALITY of ONE WOMAN + ONE MAN = REAL MARRIAGE. Period, plain and simple. No if’s and’s or butt’s.