Fallout Over Chick-fil-A Owner's Comments on Gay Marriage

The editor-in-chief of South Florida Gay News says he won't spend his money at the restaurant

By Christina Hernandez
|  Thursday, Jul 26, 2012  |  Updated 8:59 AM EDT
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Chick-fil-A owner Dan Cathy's comments on gay marriage has some saying they'll support the fast food chain even more while others are planning on boycotting the restaurant.

Chick-fil-A owner Dan Cathy's comments on gay marriage has some saying they'll support the fast food chain even more while others are planning on boycotting the restaurant.

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Chick-fil-A has always been known for its chicken, but now, the restaurant chain is making headlines for a very different reason – that has nothing to do with food.

The company's owner, Dan Cathy, recently said he was against gay marriage. In part of his interview with the Baptist Press, Cathy said, "We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”

This has brought supporters to the restaurant.

“We are coming to Chick-fil-A more,” Joanna Grimes said. “… Because we support the family values that they stand by.”

But it has also turned some away, like the editor-in-chief of South Florida Gay News.

“Since this has come out, I will not be spending my money at Chick-fil-A,” Jason Parsley said.

The Jim Henson Company, who supplied their Muppet toys to the fast food restaurant, said in a statement, "We have notified Chick-fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors."

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Both sides of the debate are also posted on Chick-fil-A's Facebook page.

After the comments made by Cathy were heard nationwide, the company posted a comment on its Facebook page saying it wanted to "leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena."

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