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Monday, January 31, 2011 - 12:13pm

Chick Fil A Denies Anti-Gay Agenda

Updated: 3 years ago.
Atlanta-based restaurant chain Chick Fil A is defending itself against reports that the company is anti-gay. (Photo by: Daniel Mayer via commons.wikimedia.org)

Earlier this month an independent operator in Pennsylvania agreed to donate sandwiches and brownies to two biblically-based video seminars sponsored by the Pennsylvania Marriage Institute.

The gesture was criticized by gay rights groups who say Chick Fil A supports an organization that’s part of the National Organization for Marriage, whose mission is to oppose same-sex marriage.

In a video response to the controversy, CEO Dan Cathy says the company’s business ethic includes serving customers without a political agenda:

“Chick Fil A serves all people and values all people. Providing food to these events or any event is not an endorsement of the mission, political stance or motives of this or any other organization. Any suggestion otherwise is just inaccurate.”

The 65-year-old privately-held Chick Fil A describes its business as operating according to Biblical principles. That’s one reason its stores do not open on Sundays.

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