Family company targeted for supporting traditional marriage

3 News 27 July 2012
All of a sudden, biting into a fried chicken sandwich has  become a political statement. Chick-fil-A, the fast-food chain known for putting faith  ahead of profits by closing on Sundays, is standing firm in its opposition to  gay marriage after touching off a furore earlier this month. Gay rights groups have called for a boycott, the Jim Henson  Co. pulled its Muppet toys from kids’ meals, and politicians in Boston and  Chicago told the chain it is not welcome there. Across the Bible Belt, where most of the 1,600 restaurants  are situated, Christian conservatives have thrown their support behind the  Atlanta-based company, promising to buy chicken sandwiches and waffle fries next  week on “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.” The latest skirmish in the nation’s culture wars began when  Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press that the company was  “guilty as charged” for backing “the biblical definition of a family.”