Results

  • 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?

In addition to voting, please feel free to post addtional comments below.

9 Comments

  1. It’d be nice to see a link to or full quote of what Dan Cathy actually said. I don’t think he said that his company opposes gay marriage. I think he said that it supports “the biblical definition of the family unit.” There is a difference.

  2. Kellie Kotraba

    Good point, Gregory – I should have included that. I’ve updated the text with the link to the original Baptist Press piece he was quoted in. Thanks for the suggestion!

  3. the poll questions could be better worded. they cannot be a favourite restaurant until I have the chance to eat at one. the stance they take on “gay marriage” agrees with mine, but that is not salient here. it’s more about the chicken and the REAL lemonade.

    I very definitely support their right to express their opinion. but it seems that others do not support it, nor my right to agree with it. who is being open minded? boycott all you wish, but to ban a restaurant is not right. let me rephrase that. it is wrong.

    it’s as if the gay “rights” movement is picking a fight with me and then calling me names. I was here first, and I was being polite. polite I will remain, and also resolute in my convictions. well considered convictions.

  4. Tiffany McCallen

    I disagree with the company’s stance on gay marriage, but I believe in people’s right to have their own beliefs…just as I have a right to mine.

  5. I think this is one of those stories that’s been blown out of proportion and gives journalists a bad name. I could understand it if the CEO had actually said something regarding gay marriage. As Kellie’s BP link indicates, he provides lots of quotes regarding his support of family, but never directly addresses gay marriage. Why?

    He wasn’t asked about it in the interview.

  6. Greg, Cathy’s use of the phrase “biblical definition of the family unit” is code for “no gay marriage” within that group; he doesn’t need to say “no gay marriage” for his allies and think-alikes to know what he means.

    And yes, Roy & Tiffany, people do have a right to their own opinions – you, me, Dan Cathy. But there’s a difference between simply holding an opinion and actively working to make that opinion the law of the land. And Cathy and folks like him are funding anti-gay-marriage campaigns and groups at significant levels.

    Is that their right? Sure, according to our political system. But it’s more than holding an opinion, or even expressing one. It’s actively working against the rights and values of other people who are equally sincere about their opinions and beliefs. They’re not just “thinking”; they’re working hard to make life difficult for others.

    I’d suggest reading this Slactivist blog post on the subtle but undeniable use of power in all this: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2012/07/30/stance-vs-substance-why-evangelicals-are-confused-about-the-actual-harm-chik-fil-a-is-doing-to-actual-people/

  7. Kellie Kotraba

    Thanks to everyone for the thoughtful comments – as divided as people can be on issues such as this, it’s important that we can talk about them.

    I posted the link to this poll on my personal Facebook, and it’s generated conversation, there, as well. A few friends of mine have shared links, to more articles, and I thought I’d pass them along:

    This one focuses on the talk about running Chick-fil-A out of town: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/31/opinion/the-chick-fil-a-business.html?_r=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

    The writer of this piece challenges readers to go beyond the screaming avatars of Facebook: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/conor-gaughan/chick-fil-a-homophobia_b_1711566.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false

    Thanks for reading, and thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  8. Rick Gressman

    Judging others is risky business. The Bible contains very few words about homosexuality, and what it does say should not be taken out of context or used to justify personal prejudices.

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