Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy has taken a public position against same-sex marriage. Mr. Cathy said this week that his privately owned company is “guilty as charged” in support of what he called the Biblical definition of the family unit.
The Atlanta-based chain opened its first location in a Georgia mall in 1967 and grown to more than 1,615 restaurants in 39 states and Washington, D.C., with annual sales over $4.1 billion, according to its website.
“We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that,” Cathy told the Baptist Press, the news agency of the Southern Baptist Convention.
His comments to the Baptist Press, the news agency of the Southern Baptist Convention, unleashed a mix of criticism and support.
“He’s taking a bold stand,” said Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, which is based in Washington, D.C. “Chick-fil-A is a Bible-Based, Christian-based business who treats their employees well. They have been attacked in the past about their stand. But they refuse to budge on this matter, and I commend them for what they are doing.”
Chick-fil-A released its own statement, saying it has a history of applying Biblically-based principles to its business, such as keeping its stores closed on Sundays.
“The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender,” according to the statement.
“Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena,” it said.
It is wonderful to see Christians standing up for God’s Word. We have let the anti-God culture run over us far too long.