In an interview published this week with the Baptist Press, Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy, son of the franchise’s founder, affirmed his company’s stance against same-sex-marriage.
“Guilty as charged,” he said when asked about his position on the topic. “We are very much supportive of the family—the Biblical definition of the family unit.”
He added: “I think we’re inviting God’s judgment on our nation.”
Negative comments are piling up on Twitter and on the company’s Facebook page—along with a number of statements in support of the chicken chain—and it was among the most-searched topics on Google on Thursday. The controversy even inspired a heavily shared article on how to make “Chick-fil-Gay” sandwiches at home.
On Thursday morning, the company issued a statement on Facebook, in which it vowed to leave the debate over same-sex marriage to the political arena. To wit: