This is the topic spreading through social media sites this week after Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy confirmed what many already suspected: the company opposes gay marriage.
It’s no secret that the privately-owned fast food company associates with Christian beliefs — every restaurant is closed on Sunday. The company has also donated millions of dollars to organizations such as Focus on the Family and the Marriage & Family Foundation which promote the fight against same-sex marriage.
Cathy’s statement provoked strong reactions ranging from outrage to enthusiasm. When asked via Twitter what students thought of Chick-fil-A’s stance, responses were almost immediate:
“I love it….because it’s the truth and what’s right.”
“I’m not surprised, companies are anti-everything but the white man.”
“I don’t like chicken anyway…”
Strong opinions, but only one student wanted to be identified and quoted about such a controversial topic for this article.
“I agree with Cathy because of my religious beliefs, but I immediately questioned why he came out and said this, what is the point of his message?” said Spring Hill College junior Kevin Smith.
After Cathy’s announcement went viral, Chick-fil-A did immediate damage control, posting on their Facebook page: “Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”
As Baptist Press pointed out it’s too early to predict whether any attempts at a boycott will be effective.
Chick-fil-A restaurants are prominent in Texas, a highly conservative state. North Carolina, which has nearly 150 restaurants, passed a constitutional marriage amendment in May defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
In comparison, New York only has one Chick-fil-A restaurant. Washington state doesn’t have any. Neither does Oregon. Or Vermont. This means that many of those calling for a boycott don’t have a restaurant in their area to boycott — and they’ve likely never been to a Chick-fil-A.
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