Chick-Fil-A, whose corporate website touts them as the “second largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain in the United States,” is steadily making headlines in LGBT news. The company’s Chief Operating Officer, Dan Cathy (son of founder S. Truett Cathy) is drawing fire for his recent comments on gay marriage.
In an interview with the Baptist Press, Cathy stated that both he and the company are “very much supportive of […] the biblical definition of the family unit,” and added that, while Chick-Fil-A does not “claim to be a Christian business, […it] can operate on biblical principles.”
Many LGBT people and their supporters are calling for a boycott of the chain in light of its stance. Some people applaud Cathy, while others criticize him for intolerance; either way, if the massive number of news reports and blogs are any indication, this issue is one that is sparking hot controversy. According to ABC News, actor Ed Helms of “The Office” is actively boycotting the chain, as is the gay rights campaign NOH8, which is supported by a number of celebrities.
Many journalists and bloggers have questioned the wisdom of Cathy’s unequivocal statements on gay marriage. Lorraine Devon Wilke of the Huffington Post states that Chick-Fil-A’s stance is “not only distasteful, it is stupidly counterproductive to business (and what could be holier than the bottom line?)” while Domenick Scudera wonders exactly which biblical example of family he should follow, citing examples of polygamy and concubines.
Regardless of whether or not Chick-Fil-A loses support and/or sales, one thing is clear: the chain is getting plenty of attention. It remains to be seen if “there is no such thing as bad publicity”.