The president of the Chick-Fil-A restaurant chain has taken to social media yet again, this time to decry the Supreme Court rulings on two gay marriage cases Wednesday, striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and opening the door for same-sex marriage to resume in California.
Dan Cathy, an outspoken Christian who caused an uproar and national protests at stores around the country last year for speaking against gay marriage, tweeted on Wednesday: "Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies."
That tweet has since been deleted, with the company reaching out to BusinessInsider.com
, which reported the initial tweet, to explain its president's actions in a statement.
"Dan Cathy, like everyone in this country, has his own views on this topic, but Chick-Fil-A is focused on providing great tasting food and genuine hospitality to everyone," the company said. "He realized his views didn’t necessarily represent the views of all customers, restaurant owners, and employees and didn’t want to distract them from providing a great restaurant experience."
How that explanation will play for the company that sells fried chicken sandwiches, nuggets, waffle fries, and other fast food items, remains unseen.
The company has held fast to its values, keeping its branches closed on Sundays to honor the Sabbath and also earning respect from supporters who say they agree with Cathy's principled faith-based stance. Those supporters made for record sales, the company said.
Cathy drew fire last year for his remarks that changing the definition of traditional marriage
would be "inviting God's judgment on our nation." Those angered by his comments staged "kiss day" at many of his stores, CNN reported.
However, much larger groups of customers flooded the stores in support of Cathy after his stand was sharply criticized by several public officials.
In an interview last year with the Baptist Press, and reported by Business Insider, he explained his values for family and business.
"We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives," said Cathy. "We give God thanks for that."
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