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SPEAK OUT: Chick-Fil-A Sees Backlash to Anti-Gay Marriage Stance

The company has received major backlash after its president made anti-gay marriage remarks in several interviews.

Everyone’s favorite childhood puppets are taking a stand for gay marriage. 

The Jim Henson Company—creator of the Muppets—announced recently that it would no longer do business with Chick-Fil-A following recent anti-gay marriage comments made by the popular chicken company’s president, Dan Cathy. 

“The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors,” the organization, whose namesake grew up in University Park and attended University of Maryland, wrote on its Facebook page.

“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,” the post concludes. 

Their announcement came after Cathy made some very public remarks – both in print and on the radio – affirming his stance on the subject.

"We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy said in an interview with the Baptist Press last week. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”

In addition, The Washington Post reported that in a recent interview on the Ken Coleman radio show, Cathy said that “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.”

Those comments, among others, have prompted a wave of backlash from various organizations and people – including the mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino, who told the Boston Herald he would keep Chick-Fil-A out of the city.

“If they need licenses in the city, it will be very difficult — unless they open up their policies,”  Menino said.

Chick-Fil-A has 45 locations throughout Maryland, including stores in Bowie, Bethesda, Capitol Heights, Germantown, Laurel and Largo.

Now, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee has announced his support for the restaurant franchise. On Sunday, he created an event on Facebook encouraging people to show their support and appreciation for Chick-Fil-A.

"The goal is simple: Let's affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick-Fil-A on Wednesday, August 1," he wrote on the event page, which currently has over 95,000 attending. 

Will you show up next Wednesday to support Huckabee's campaign? Do you think Cathy should have to rethink his policies? Tell us in our poll and in the comments. 

Garb67 August 05, 2012 at 06:12 AM
Beth-In regards to your comments citing those that have used the Bible over the last 200 tears to advance their position regarding women's rights, civil rights etc., you certainly have a point. However the fact is that Marriage has been understood to be between a Man and a Women for several thousand years, preceding Christ (and Muhammad if you will). This is not to say that gays don't have the right to expect all of the same benefits as a Married couple. Call it what you want, a civil union, whatever. Just don't expect us to call a Marriage. One man one women. Feel free to throw whatever pejoratives you wish.
Bob August 05, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Thanks frank, I'll take your outrage into advisement. . Isn't it funny that you are a little like calling the kettle black with yours? Have a nice day!
Garb67 August 05, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Frank-do you have a cogent point to anything other than applying a barb to any comment written here. Your response to my comment is pointing out a spelling error? You must be a member of the Grammar Police that surf the web for misspelled words so they can show their superiority. With all of your one line retorts you must be either a comedian or an typing teacher. You also seem to have a problem with where Bob actually lives. My guess is that you would be a Baltimoron.
Beth August 05, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Garb67-who has understood that definition of marriage for several thousand years? Certainly not Abraham, or King David, or most of the figures in the Old Testament. They all had multiple wives, and in some cases male partners (Jonathan). Fundamental Mormons don't hold to that definition, and I am pretty sure neither do Muslims. Marriage for many centuries was nothing more than a business contract between two families and had nothing to do with love or religion and conducted in front of the town not the church. Should we go back to that definition since that's the way it had been for many centuries? It was the Catholic church that inserted religion into it as a way to get more money for the church. All federal and state laws use the word marriage to describe the legal rights of a spouse (survivor benefits, retirement, etc), without calling the union between same-sex couples a marriage those benefits are denied to them. That's why the word marriage is important. In the state of Maryland the law that was recently passed protected churches from having to perform a same-sex marriage if their religion did not support such a marriage. The law is about legal rights, not religion.
Garb67 August 05, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Not defensive Frank. Just tired of snarky comments by individuals who think they are superior because they know how to use a dictionary. Anyone who read my comment would understand the typo. Only you pointed it out. And Beth,the examples you cite regarding Muslims,Mormons, etc. were still between the opposite sex. I also doubt that the arranged marriages that you speak of were between the same sex. Like I said before, I have no problem with civil unions and according same sex partners with full benefit access. Just don't call it marriage.

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