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Chick-fil-A 'guilty as charged' in anti-gay stance
Fast food chain Chick-fil-A came under fire this week after its chief operating officer, Dan Cathy, admitted to the Baptist Press that the company stands opposed to marriage equality.
When asked if Chick-fil-A was against marriage for same-sex couples, Cathy responded “guilty as charged.”
Cathy also appeared on a syndicated radio talk show where he expanded on Chick-fil-A’s anti-gay sentiments.
"I think we are 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,'" Cathy said. "I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about."
Cathy went on to state that Chick-fil-A is “very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit […] We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that,"
That might explain the company’s reported $2 million in donations to anti-gay groups working to put a roadblock on marriage equality across the nation.
Chick-fil-A later posted a statement about the controversy on its Facebook page. "Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena," the statement read in part.
Celebrities like The Office’s Ed Helms are speaking out against Chick-fil-A’s anti-gay stance, writing on Twitter "Chick-fil-A doesn't like gay people? So lame. Hate to think what they do to the gay chickens! Lost a loyal fan."
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