This blog has frequently commented upon the large volumes of money flowing from Chick Fil-A and the Cathy family to fund anti-gay organizations. In the past, Chick Fil- A officers have sought to dance around the issue and pretend that they don't support anti-gay hatred. Now, in the wake of new disclosures that revealed that Chick Fil-A and the Cathy family have given roughly another $2 million to ant-gay organizations, Chick Fil-A chief operating officer Dan Cathy has admitted that Chick Fil-A is "guilty as charged." I for one have long boycotted Chick Fil-A and sought to encourage others to do likewise. The Advocate looks at Chick Fil-A's belated honesty on its anti-gay animus. Here are highlights:
Dan Cathy, the chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A, said there is no denying that his company opposes marriage equality.Cathy told the Baptist Press he aims to operate the restaurant chain "on biblical principles." When asked whether his company had an established position against marriage equality, Cathy said, "guilty as charged."
He added, "We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that. ... We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles."
The company has reported millions of dollars in donations to antigay groups including the Family Research Council and the Marriage and Family Foundation. Because of Chick-fil-A's ties to antigay organizations and causes, many LGBT people and allies are boycotting the restaurants, and plans to open a restaurant on the Northeastern University campus were quashed.