Chick-fil-A CEO: Supreme Court rulings on gay ‘marriage’ mark ‘a sad day for our nation’
ATLANTA, June 28, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Chickens don’t tweet, but Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy does. Cathy took to Twitter after Wednesday’s twin Supreme Court decisions in favor of same-sex “marriage” to express his opposition to the controversial rulings.
“Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies,” Cathy posted to the social media site, which limits messages to 140 characters.
He later removed the tweet.
Chick-fil-A spokesman Jerry Johnston said that Cathy’s remarks represented his opinion, and not those of his company. Johnston said in a statement that, “Dan Cathy, like everyone in this country, has his own views. However, Chick-fil-A is focused on providing great-tasting food and genuine hospitality to everyone.”
Asked why Cathy chose to delete the tweet, Johnston told The Huffington Post, “He realized his views didn’t necessarily represent the views of all customers, restaurant owners, and employees, and didn’t want to distract them from providing a great restaurant experience.”
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Statements Cathy made to the Baptist Press last year in support of traditional marriage put Chick-fil-A at the center of a controversy that saw the chicken sandwich chain targeted by boycotts and threats of government retribution.
Efforts by homosexual activists to harm the chicken chain with boycotts, vandalism, and threats proved unsuccessful. Supporters of traditional marriage mobilized en masse to support the chain, organizing a “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” that saw record-breaking sales and interminably long lines at drive-thru windows nationwide.
But the media firestorm was so intense that when convicted terrorist Floyd Corkins showed up at the headquarters of the Family Research Center with a handgun and opened fire at the height of the controversy, he was carrying 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches along with the ammunition in his backpack.
In a videotaped confession, the 28-year-old homosexual activist said he intended to “kill as many as possible and smear the Chick-fil-A sandwiches in victims’ faces, and kill the guard.” He hoped the atrocity would “make a statement against the people who work in that building...and with their stance against gay rights and [for] Chick-fil-A.”