In case you needed further evidence that anti-gay statements are no longer good business on the national level, Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy—the loudest of the corporate voices on the topic in years past—now says he’s done talking about it.
In an extended interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week, Cathy said he “regrets” turning his company into a corporate spokesperson on social policy:
“I’m thankful that I lived through it and I learned a lot from it.”
His personal feelings on the matter have not changed, but:
“The bottom line is we have a responsibility here to keep the whole of the organization in mind and it has to take precedence over the personal expression and opinion on social issues.
…it’s probably very wise from our standpoint to make sure that we present our brand in a compelling way that the consumer can relate to.”
He might just be onto something.