A local gay and lesbian youth group is planning a protest at the new Chick-fil-A in Laguna Hills when it opens early Thursday morning, a response to the recent statements by the company’s chief executive supporting “the biblical definition of the family unit.”
In an interview posted July 2 with Chick-fil-A CEO and President Dan Cathy, Bibilical Recorder editor K. Allan Blume wrote “some have opposed the company’s support of the traditional family.”
“Well, guilty as charged,” Cathy said. “We 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.
“We operate as a family business ... our restaurants are typically led by families – some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that,” he said.
“We intend to stay the course. 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.”
The statements received national attention, and locally prompted discussion among members of Youth Empowered to Act, a group with The Center Orange County, which advocates for the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.