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Chick-Fil-A CEO Is So Over This Whole ‘Gay Marriage’ Thing

shutterstock_109249637In 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.

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Update on Chick-fil-A Backlash: Same-Sex Kiss Day VS. Appreciation Day

As we previously reported, anti-gay marriage comments made by Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy have polarized fast-food lovers everywhere. On Wednesday, Chick-fil-A supporters converged in droves upon its restaurant locations all over the nation for “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day”, resulting in “record setting” sales, according to ABC News. But today, those on the other side of the argument plan to have their say.

“National Same-Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A”, which takes place today in protest of Cathy’s comments, encourages same-sex couples to take a photo or video of themselves kissing at their local Chick-fil-A. It has yet to be seen how many will turn out for the kiss-in, but the Facebook event page, which has over 13,000 confirmed participants, states the following:

“In honor of their support for love, equality, and the real definition of family, we’re holding a NATIONAL Same Sex Kiss Day at Chick Fil A’s around the country. So grab a friend (or 20) and head out to your nearest Chick Fil A! And don’t forget to post photos/videos of it here! For all the world to see!

We would also like to clarify that this event was NOT created as a response to Mike Huckabee’s appreciation day, this event was created on July 19, several days before Mike Huckabee announced his plans for Wednesday August 1.”

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Update on Chick-fil-A Backlash: Chicago Takes a Stand

As we reported earlier this week, fast food chain Chick-fil-A won’t be opening a franchise in Boston anytime soon, thanks to the anti-gay marriage comments recently made by the company’s president, Dan Cathy. Well, we can now add Chicago to the list of cities in which Chick-fil-A is unwelcome.

While Chick-fil-A already has one location in Chicago, Proco “Joe” Moreno, a member of the City Council, told the Chicago Tribune that he plans to prevent the franchise from building its second restaurant in his ward, saying, “If you are discriminating against a segment of the community, I don’t want you in the 1st Ward…Because of this man’s ignorance, I will now be denying Chick-fil-A’s permit to open a restaurant in the 1stWard.” He also said that Cathy’s comments were “bigoted, homophobic.”

Also, according to the Los Angeles Times, Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of the Windy City, released a statement that said, “Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values. They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents. This would be a bad investment, since it would be empty.”

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Update on Chick-fil-A Backlash: The Jim Henson Company and the City of Boston Take a Stand

As we reported last week, there has been an outpouring of both support and outrage in response to comments made by Dan Cathy, President of Chick-fil-A, about his anti-gay marriage stance. Despite Chick-fil-A releasing a statement meant to calm things down (the statement failed to actually denounce or apologize for Cathy’s comments), the controversy has continued to pick up steam, and is now not only costing the company some of its customers, but also its partnership with the Jim Henson Company and a potential Boston franchise.

And if movies and TV have taught us anything, we know that there are two people you really don’t want to tick off — a Bostonian, and Miss Piggy.

The Jim Henson company, which had been providing the “Creature Shop” toys in Chick-fil-A “Kids meals,” has severed its business ties with the fast food chain, saying in a statement:

“The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors. Lisa Henson, our CEO, is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-fil-A to GLAAD.”

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Chick-fil-A’s Stance on Gay Marriage Causes Firestorm of Both Outrage and Support

Between the Boy Scouts reconfirming their stance on excluding gays, and controversy over Target‘s refusal to sell Frank Ocean’s album, it’s been an uproarious week in the debate over gay rights. The latest firestorm of conflicting public opinions on the subject was sparked by anti-gay marriage comments made by Dan Cathy, President of Chick-fil-A. The fast food company famous for inventing the chicken sandwich is now scrambling to invent a way out of the political spotlight.

According to CNN, when asked on Monday about his company’s opposition to gay marriage and support of the traditional family unit, Cathy told the Baptist Press that he and his company were “guilty as charged.” He went on to say that he and his company 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.”

Both an outpouring of support and a wildfire of outrage followed, with Chick-fil-A’s Facebook and Twitter accounts being flooded with arguments on both sides, causing Chick-fil-A to become a top trending subject on Google on Thursday. In an apparent attempt to douse the flames, the company posted the following statement on their Facebook page:

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