- Yes – It's one of my favorite restaurants, and its stance on gay marriage seems irrelevant: 14
- Yes – I support its stance on gay marriage: 11
- No – I disagree with its stance on gay marriage: 32
- No – I don't think companies should take sides on hot-button issues: 3
In mid-July, Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press that the company supports “the biblical definition of the family unit.” Since then, the statement has garnered heated responses, as it reflects what many see as an opposition to gay marriage.
Since Cathy made his original statement on marriage, other companies – Amazon.com and Microsoft among them – have voiced their stances supporting gay marriage. To sum it all up, one writer chronicles “how a chicken restaurant became a culture war battleground.”
Boston's mayor doesn't approve of Chick-fil-A's plan to open a restaurant in Boston; though he won't prevent the business from coming, he expresses his disapproval. San Francisco's mayor said he was disappointed in the company and tweeted a warning that Chick-fil-A stay out of San Francisco. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg supports gay marriage, but he said cities' attempts to ban the chain are “inappropriate.”
NPR asked Chicago columnist Mary Mitchell whether this is an issue of hate speech. Mitchell doesn't think so – but she also wouldn't be surprised if the issue reaches the White House.
Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has designated Aug. 1 as “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”
There's not Chick-fil-A in Columbia – the closest ones are near St. Louis and Kansas City – but the company's comment still provides food for thought. (Yes, pun intended . . . What can I say?)
Do company opinions on hot-button issues matter? Can you support a business if you disagree with its stance on important issues?
Do you support Chick-fil-A?
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