Chick-fil-a President and COO Dan Cathy is largely responsible for the backlash against the company this summer. Though its anti-gay donations were already well documented, it was Cathy’s various public comments that spurred reaction. In addition to admitting Chick-fil-A was “guilty as charged” for opposing marriage equality, he also prayed for God’s mercy on “arrogant” LGBT activists and described homosexuality as “tragic,” “twisted up,” and resulting from a “deprived mind.” (The latter comments continue to remain under-reported.) However, Cathy was silent throughout the audacious Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day and even in last month’s dust-up in which it seemed Chick-fil-A was backing away from its positions — it wasn’t. Today, though, he spoke out for the first time since the controversy erupted to 11 Alive in Georgia, confirming that the chain’s “family values” still only apply to “Biblical families”:
CATHY: Chick-fil-A is focused on families. We’ve always been that way. We’re a family-owned business, we’re led by a family, and our restaurants are operated by families, and we serve millions of families everyday at Chick-fil-A, so we’re focused on the family. […] Families are very important to our country. They’re very important, I think, to all of us that are concerned about being able to hang on to the heritage that we have and we’re supporting Biblical families. We’ve always been a part of that.
Note: This report incorrectly states that Chick-fil-A and Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno resolved their dispute, when in fact, just the opposite occurred. Cathy has clearly not backed away from any of his positions, let alone apologize for the more offensive comments he made disparaging LGBT people and their families.