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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. 

Bob August 04, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Just a bill, do you hear the crickets?
Bob August 04, 2012 at 11:58 AM
So childish of you. Bet you had to think that up for hours. Typical with the name calling about his name.
Bob August 04, 2012 at 12:00 PM
No, just a bunch of honest hard working people standing up for their rights against a bunch of serial bullies and ignorant intolerant morons like you.
Michelle August 04, 2012 at 02:44 PM
I dont know about those people you talk about, but i dont shop at lord and taylor. Thankfully, there are more businesses offering products which they have tried to obtain using fair practices from countries that have fair labor laws, and some businesses that do their best to treat their employees fairly as well. Walmart certainly had a lot of poor practices, and after Getting in trouble over the years, have moved to change their image. Here in maryland, a very progressive state, i am not surprised your son might make $12 or 14 an hour. Is this entry level? In texas, where i grew up, walmart came in, put all the small local mom and pop shops out of business, and only hired part time min wage for years. I am sure they pay better now since the scandal with illegal immigrants being paid less than min wage, but i still wont shop there! I try to find businesses that make a commitment to fair practices. There are more and more every year.
Michelle August 04, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Here is the link to the GAO report that documents over 1000 legal rights that the Defense of Marriage Act has taken away from same sex couples. http://www.gao.gov/assets/230/223674.pdf. Wikipedia summarizes it too: In updating its report in 2004, the GAO found that this number had risen to 1,138 as of December 31, 2003.[28] With respect to Social Security, housing, and food stamps, the GAO found that "recognition of the marital relationship is integral to the design of the program[s]." The other major categories the GAO identified were veteran's benefits, including pensions and survivor benefits; taxes on income, estates, gifts, and property sales; and benefits due federal employees, both civilian and military. Among many specifics, it noted the rights of the widow or widower of the creator of a copyrighted work and certain financial disclosure requirements that include the spouses of members of Congress and certain officers of the federal government. Education loan programs and agriculture price support and loan programs also implicate spouses. Financial aid to "family farms" is restricted to those in which "a majority interest is held by individuals related by marriage or blood."[27]
Nearby August 04, 2012 at 04:09 PM
MD you say "as a group, they shouldn't have any more rights than a person has." You have the automatic right to marry, to inherit your spouse's estate if there's no will, to parent your children with your spouse without having to get lawyers involved to draw up special paperwork and make agreements with schools and care providers so you can do so, to visit your spouse in intensive care and to make medical decisions for them when they cannot, to not be fired because who you love and care for. MD, you have more rights than LGBT people have. And yes, we'd like gain those rights, which would not give us "extra" rights or "any more rights" than you, but rather would give us "equal" rights.
Michelle August 04, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Says mr brag bout my sons pay at walmart when i cant come up with a better reply...
Bob August 04, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Really Michelle? You need to act like a child when you don't have anything intelligent to say? Typical uneducated left wing crybaby. I feel so sorry that you think you are so freekin perfect. Maybe if you had some facts before you spewed your crap, you wouldn't appear to be so lame. shame that you think you are so perfect. LOL!
Michelle August 04, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Hi bob, i have tried to use facts in my replies to you. You have not provided much in your reponses to me other than telling me to so stop twisting things and stick to the topic while at the same time you went off topic with your opinions on walmart shoppers... Who is the hypocrite? Did i rant at you for bringing up walmart? No, i responded with my thoughts. Ii am not crying or complaining, just calling you out for the internet troll that you are. So, feel free to respond with any more and whining and any more insults, i am done trying to have a conversation with you.
Michelle August 04, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Ok, one last little gem for you Bob, a quote of yourself: "I guess if someone has an oposing view then instantly they falsly accuse them of a whole host of things. Mentally inept" Hmm you couldnt keep yourself above this either. Cheers!
Bob August 04, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Well Michelle. Looks like you got the final word. I guess asking what you believe a "living wage" is can't be asked. I guess your "facts" you asked about are my child working through school at Walmart must have strained your tender sensibilities to hurl such a childish barb. Yes, I love my kids, so maybe you don't have that in your life. Good for you, but talk about twisting ( which the original comment wasn't aimed at you but at Pete) others equated it to being an evil place as supposed in chick-fil-a in certain minds. Sorry I don't ascribe to your point of view. I see nothing wrong with either of them. Sorry.
Bob August 04, 2012 at 11:10 PM
In addition michelle, this discussion is about chick-fil-a, not African Americans, slavery, women's rights...it's about a persons religious beliefs and the intolerant views of others. May be hard for some but you can't equate this with another....
Bob August 04, 2012 at 11:59 PM
jeeze frank. Can't come up with anything better than that? so, shallow of you with your bigotry and hatred. Must be so hard for you.
Bob August 05, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Wow, now that was a stretch, frank. Strain youself on that? You seem to strain on everything else, I just don't want you to hurt yourself with all that pent up anger and hatred.
Bob August 05, 2012 at 12:07 AM
well said............
Bob August 05, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Frank, think for a moment what you say. How is it being showed down our throats? My faith frowns on same sex marriage, yet people like you "push it forward". I don't care what you do in your bedroom, just don't expect me to accept it. I'll accept you for who you are, not your practice. You liberals already have "shoved" birthcontrol down Catholic doctrine's throat, so yes, there it is. I thought you would be able to remember that, but I guess not. there is intolerance and bigotry from you on that, but with your comments, I don't expect any different.
Beth August 05, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Bob, This is exactly the same as those previous struggles because those opposing the civil rights of other used the Bible and religion to justify their position just like they are doing now. In the 1800's the majority of the south used the Bible and their religion to justify slavery, in the 1900's the majority used the Bible and their religion to justify segregation. Even as late as the 1960's the Bible was used to justify denying marriage rights to bi-racial people. Women's right were denied based on men's religious believes and the Bible. So you see, what the owner of CFA is doing by donating millions of dollars to groups thay are fighting to deny gays and lesbians marriage rights does equate to the other. All those previous struggles had to overcome those who hide behind the Bible and their religious believes, just like the anti marriage equality movement is doing now. But marriage equality will prevail, just like all those previous movements did, and the world will continue to spin.
Bob August 05, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Thanks for answering that question. It must be really hard for you.
Bob August 05, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Frank, do you have a mental illness? You certainly seem to.
Bob August 05, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Beth, I appreciate what you feel is happening, but I don't see it that way. He has donated millions for many causes, one being the tenant of his faith that marriage is between a man and woman. Sorry, I'm all for the equal rights, but that is his belief. If you see what others are saying, many ripe with vitriol, that they want to take away his religion? To say that he gave millions to discriminate is not accurate nor fair. There are many sites that can show both sides of the giving he's done, many inaccurate and unfair. For the record, the man was simply saying his beliefs according to his faith. The vitriol came from those wanting to belittle him and dismiss his faith and him. Sounded like the Putsch of 1938. Marriage is a state item, but please respect the faith. That is where intolerance, bigotry and hate seem to come to the fore- front.
Bob August 05, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Fact check, Frank. ...proof please or is it just another lie?
Bob August 05, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Wow frank. At least you almost told the truth. It's not as bad as you racist remark about mayor Barry.....quite sick.
Bob August 05, 2012 at 01:13 AM
What, you're offended with Arabic writing on a t-shirt? Grow up! Now with your lying, it's true, you must be mentally I'll. As for the disgusting innuendo about my children, it's punks like you that give trolls a bad name.
Bob August 05, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Sorry little boy, I'm in Gaithersburg. You must be in your parents house in Bethesda,. Time to get off the Internet little boy
Bob August 05, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Really? Guess again. So I signed up to read about something on a business trip. So, that's a stretch for you, believe what you want. It's obvious you are trying to get me to stoop to your level. Insult my boys, your hidden and can do that, but it only shows your lack of maturity. You really are a disgusting troll.
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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