Chick-fil-A's marriage stance causing a social storm
July 19th, 2012
08:18 AM ET

Chick-fil-A's marriage stance causing a social storm

By Brad Lendon, CNN

(CNN)–The fact that Chick-fil-A is a company that espouses Christian values is no secret. The fact that its 1,600 fast-food chicken restaurants across the country are closed on Sundays has long been testament to that.

But the comments of company President Dan Cathy about gay marriage to Baptist Press on Monday have ignited a social media wildfire.

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"Guilty as charged,", Cathy said when asked about his company's support of the traditional family unit as opposed to gay marriage.

Chick-fil-A controversy shines light on restaurant's Christian DNA

"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," Cathy is quoted as saying.

CNN's This Just In Blog has the full social media reaction to the latest Chick-fil-A flap
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Filed under: Belief • Christianity

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  1. Aristotle

    “Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there ARE other views.”-William F. Buckley, Jr. (1925-2008)

    July 29, 2012 at 10:54 pm |
    • Greyman

      Or maybe, just maybe, the shock these days stems from a good number of opposing views stemming from dogmatism, rigid ideology, and sheer bigotry.

      Supporting so-called 'traditional marriage' doesn't make Dan Cathy a bigot. Funneling money to groups that seek to deny such rights to gays, however, is.

      July 30, 2012 at 7:54 am |
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    In the story they link – which few people will bother to READ – he says nothing about gay marriage.

    July 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
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    July 26, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
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    This is a perfect example of a strawman argument coming to fruition. They talk about tolerance yet are anything but themselves.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
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    July 25, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
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      God will do something in your life so you will know he's real and Jesus will reveal himself to you just seek him now Support Chick Fil A on 08/01/2012 against Gays!!!

      July 26, 2012 at 9:11 am |
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      Hypocritical hubris – Do you fundies ever really LISTEN to yourselves ?

      July 26, 2012 at 9:15 am |
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      Go Chick-Fil-A – I guess only liberals have the right to an opinion. They get very hostile if you disagree. Right away they call you a bigot and every other name. They claim you hate people just because you have your own opinion. Not true.

      July 29, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
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    Will CNN admit that they erroneously reported Chick-fil-A company President Dan Cathy never actually said anything about condemning gay marriage to the 'Baptist Press'? Read your own link to 'Baptist Press' above. Those who look for a reason to feel insulted, will...regardless.

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    Chick-fil-A has every right to make this stance and stand for what they believe. Everyone has a right to their beliefs. We live in a country based on freedom.

    July 23, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
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      July 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • Who invited me?

      And we also have the right to refer to them as bigoted morons and go somewhere else...
      We love capitalism in this country, and making a profit above all else...turning down customers because of an immoral social stance is just un-American.

      July 23, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
    • Paul

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      "And we also have the right to refer to them as bigoted morons and go somewhere else...
      We love capitalism in this country, and making a profit above all else...turning down customers because of an immoral social stance is just un-American." -– Yes you have the option to eat at any restaurant you wish but who said anything about turning customers down? No one I know has ever been asked their stance on marriage when ordering anything at Chik fil A. It's never happened to me either.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:16 am |
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