A quick follow-up to this morning's post about Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy coming out in opposition to gay marriage. Remember: Cathy said in an interview this week that his company is "very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit," and the chicken chain donates plenty of cash to anti-gay groups. But the company released a statement earlier today that boils down to: Whoa, hey, don't everyone jump to conclusions, okay?
From the chain's Facebook page:
The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect - regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 Restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.
Chick-fil-A is a family-owned and family-led company serving the communities in which it operates. From the day Truett Cathy started the company, he began applying biblically-based principles to managing his business. For example, we believe that closing on Sundays, operating debt-free and devoting a percentage of our profits back to our communities are what make us a stronger company and Chick-fil-A family.
Our mission is simple: to serve great food, provide genuine hospitality and have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.
See? The company totally doesn't discriminate when it comes to the hotly debated issue of who has the right to give them money in exchange for their chicken sandwiches.