July 27th, 2012
06:53 PM ET

Chick-fil-A wades into a fast-food fight over same-sex marriage rights

By Sarah Aarthun, CNN

Atlanta (CNN) - Ordering lunch just got a lot more complicated than deciding how to answer, "Do you want fries with that?"

Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy sparked reactions that were swift and strong after he weighed in on same-sex marriage by saying his company backs the traditional family unit.

Politicians from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum spoke up. Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage protested. And suddenly, the type of fast-food bag you carry could reveal your views on a hot-button social issue that has split the country.

Some proponents of same-sex marriage have decried Cathy's comments and called for a boycott of the chain, which had annual sales of more than $4.1 billion last year and has more than 1,615 locations in 39 states and Washington, D.C., with the strongest concentration in the Southeast.


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  4. John

    "GOD HATES SIN, im pretty sure god made two different genders for a reason"

    Some argue that since homosexual behavior is "unnatural" it is contrary to the order of creation. Behind this pronouncement are stereotypical definitions of masculinity and femininity that reflect rigid gender categories of patriarchal society. There is nothing unnatural about any shared love, even between two of the same gender, if that experience calls both partners to a fuller state of being. Contemporary research is uncovering new facts that are producing a rising conviction that homosexuality, far from being a sickness, sin, perversion or unnatural act, is a healthy, natural and affirming form of human sexuality for some people. Findings indicate that homosexuality is a given fact in the nature of a significant portion of people, and that it is unchangeable.

    Our prejudice rejects people or things outside our understanding. But the God of creation speaks and declares, "I have looked out on everything I have made and `behold it (is) very good'." . The word (Genesis 1:31) of God in Christ says that we are loved, valued, redeemed, and counted as precious no matter how we might be valued by a prejudiced world.

    There are few biblical references to homosexuality. The first, the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, is often quoted to prove that the Bible condemns homosexuality. But the real sin of Sodom was the unwillingness of the city's men to observe the laws of hospitality. The intention was to insult the stranger by forcing him to take the female role in the sex act. The biblical narrative approves Lot's offer of his virgin daughters to satisfy the sexual demands of the mob. How many would say, "This is the word of the Lord"? When the Bible is quoted literally, it might be well for the one quoting to read the text in its entirety.

    Leviticus, in the Hebrew Scriptures, condemns homosexual behaviour, at least for males. Yet, "abomination", the word Leviticus uses to describe homosexuality, is the same word used to describe a menstruating woman. Paul is the most quoted source in the battle to condemn homosexuality ( 1 Corinthians 6: 9-11 and Romans 1: 26-27). But homosexual activity was regarded by Paul as a punishment visited upon idolaters by God because of their unfaithfulness. Homosexuality was not the sin but the punishment.

    1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Paul gave a list of those who would not inherit the Kingdom of God. That list included the immoral, idolaters, adulterers, sexual perverts, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, revilers, and robbers. Sexual perverts is a translation of two words; it is possible that the juxtaposition of malakos, the soft, effeminate word, with arsenokoitus, or male prostitute, was meant to refer to the passive and active males in a homosexual liaison.

    Thus, it appears that Paul would not approve of homosexual behavior. But was Paul's opinion about homosexuality accurate, or was it limited by the lack of scientific knowledge in his day and infected by prejudice born of ignorance? An examination of some of Paul's other assumptions and conclusions will help answer this question. Who today would share Paul's anti-Semitic attitude, his belief that the authority of the state was not to be challenged, or that all women ought to be veiled? In these attitudes Paul's thinking has been challenged and transcended even by the church! Is Paul's commentary on homosexuality more absolute than some of his other antiquated, culturally conditioned ideas?

    Three other references in the New Testament (in Timothy, Jude and 2 Peter) appear to be limited to condemnation of male sex slaves in the first instance, and to showing examples (Sodom and Gomorrah) of God's destruction of unbelievers and heretics (in Jude and 2 Peter respectively).

    That is all that Scripture has to say about homosexuality. Even if one is a biblical literalist, these references do not build an ironclad case for condemnation. If one is not a biblical literalist there is no case at all, nothing but prejudice born of ignorance, that attacks people whose only crime is to be born with an unchangeable sexual predisposition toward those of their own sex .

    August 6, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
  5. coop

    GOD HATES SIN, im pretty sure god made two different genders for a reason

    August 1, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  6. neil

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    July 31, 2012 at 12:37 am |

    i don"t think i would be going overboard,to say that around 60-70% of americans are prejudice.WHO might that prejudice
    be against–IT"S AGAINST GOD..anytime christians raise a voice against sometthing that is happening or about to happen in the GREAT USA,SAYING WE OPPOSE OR WE WILL NOT SUPPORT,boy do we hear about it.we are not perfect a long way from being perfect.but GOD IS PERFECT,and he is always right even when we don't understand why in his word there are certain things we can and cannot do as a people,GOD CAN SEE into the future.and because he LOVES us so much.he is against certain things.it"s his way of protecting all of us.Abraham Lincoln said .Sir,my concern is not whether GOD is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on GOD"S side,for GOD IS ALWAYS RIGHT.

    July 30, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • tbreeden

      It's more than just God. It's all make-believe things.

      July 30, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • Jeannine

      "why in his word there are certain things we can and cannot do as a people"

      The Scriptures were written approximately 2000 or more years ago when there was no knowledge of constitutional homosexuality. The Scripture writers believed that all people were naturally heterosexual so that they viewed homosexuality activity as unnatural. Women today are pointing out that the inferiority of women expressed in the scriptures was a product of culture and the times in which the Bible was written; it should not be followed today, now that we are beginning to appreciate the natural and God-given equality of men and women.

      Similarly, as we know that homosexuality is just as natural and God-given as heterosexuality, we realize that the Biblical injunctions against homosexuality were conditioned by the attitudes and beliefs about this form of sexual expression which were held by people without benefit of centuries of scientific knowledge and understanding.

      It is unfair of us to expect or impose a twentieth century mentality and understanding about equality of genders, races and sexual orientations on the Biblical writers. We must be able to distinguish the eternal truths the Bible is meant to convey from the cultural forms and attitudes expressed there.

      August 1, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  8. jimmer

    If I were gay, I would apply for a job there.

    Then every morning I would whack a load of spunk into a small tupperware container and secretly apply it to the chicken sandwiches.

    I would smile all day long serving hom oph obes my special sauce.

    July 30, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  9. Chick Filler? Really?

    Chick Filler: so what is that, fast food and fast P0rn? Seriously, what marketing dweeb thought of that company name???

    July 30, 2012 at 11:20 am |
  10. God's word

    1 Corinthians chapter 7 which has principles of marriage included and advice to married people is one of many instances in the bible (God's word) that states marriage between man and woman. No where in the bible does it say man and man or woman and woman. You either believe God's word or you don't. Those who don't will be cast out like chaff at judgement. I support Mr. Cathy and will continue to go to his establishments. No one's arm is going to get twisted to go eat there. If you don't like him supporting scripture from God eat somewhere else. I've done some research and now I'm not going to support companies or purchase goods from the like who support Gay marriage. God made us to make your own choices

    July 29, 2012 at 10:25 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      That Corinthians passage is almost anti-marriage.
      It begins by saying that everyone should be celibate, but if you can't control your loins, then get married.
      However – getting married drives you further away from God becuase now you have to be concerned with worldly things, like your family, instead of devoting yourself to God.

      July 30, 2012 at 9:44 am |
    • Bob

      And while you're quoting "god's word", don't forget some of the other choice words in the Christian book of nasty AKA the bible. Fine stuff like this, that Christian god demands that you do, from both NT and OT:

      Numbers 31:17-18
      17 Now kiII all the boys. And kiII every woman who has slept with a man,
      18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

      Deuteronomy 13:6 – “If your brother, your mother’s son or your son or daughter, or the wife you cherish, or your friend who is as your own soul entice you secretly, saying, let us go and serve other gods … you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death”

      Revelations 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

      Note that the bible is also very clear that you should sacrifice and burn an animal today because the smell makes sicko Christian sky fairy happy. No, you don't get to use the parts for food. You burn them, a complete waste of the poor animal.

      Yes, the bible really says that, everyone. Yes, it's in Leviticus, look it up. Yes, Jesus purportedly said that the OT commands still apply. No exceptions. But even if you think the OT was god's mistaken first go around, you have to ask why a perfect, loving enti-ty would ever put such horrid instructions in there. If you think rationally at all, that is.

      And then, if you disagree with my interpretation, ask yourself how it is that your "god" couldn't come up with a better way to communicate than a book that is so readily subject to so many interpretations and to being taken "out of context", and has so many mistakes in it. Pretty pathetic god that you've made for yourself.

      So get out your sacrificial knife or your nasty sky creature will torture you eternally. Or just take a closer look at your foolish supersti-tions, understand that they are just silly, and toss them into the dustbin with all the rest of the gods that man has created.

      So, please, folks, stop referencing that Christian book of nasty, AKA the bible, as a guide to, well, anything.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement. Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.

      July 30, 2012 at 11:19 am |
  11. chas

    So basically he says that if you are gay you can work for him and he will take your money but in his personal opinion you are not equal and I will take those profits and make sure you are never considered equal.

    He has the right to say what he believes and he will have to live with the consequences of his words...

    July 29, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
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