Chick-fil-A is a fast food chain that has always been close to my heart—and stomach. The signature Chick-fil-A sandwich—a hand-breaded chicken breast between a buttery, white bun—is popular amongst Southern homes and college students who want to rush and grab some “real chicken”. I personally like to eat mine with Polynesian sauce.
Recently, however, the chain has been suffering some backlash from gay rights advocates. Donated Chick-fil-A sandwiches will feed people who attend a February seminar called “The Art of Marriage: Getting to the Heart of God’s Design”, in Harrisburg, Pa. The marriage seminar is by one of the state’s most outspoken groups against homosexuality.
The uproar caused the company’s president, Dan T. Cathy, to post a video on the company’s Facebook fan page to “communicate from the heart that we serve and value all people and treat everyone with honor, dignity and respect,” said a company spokesman, Don Perry.
Chick-fil-A’s religious affiliation has always made the company stand apart from the rest and supports Christian organizations- such as Focus on the Family. A petition has begun on the Web site change.org, asking the company to stop supporting such groups, because they are perceived anti-gay. However, since the company remains privately owned—founder Truett Cathy’s two sons run it—it can easily keep its faith-based principles.
When it comes to spending money and food, most people buy what is good. Douglas Quint, who operates The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck in New York during the summer, says people should make informed decisions about their food. This has caused some supporters of same-sex marriage to turn their nose up on waffle fries and Chick-fil-A nuggets. Whether this will detrimentally affect Chick-fil-A sales, we are unsure. But one thing is for sure, I will continue getting myself a number one combo for as long as the Chick-fil-A black and white cow entices me in.
To read more on this subject, see A Chicken Chain’s Corporate Ethos Is Questioned By Gay Rights Advocates by Kim Severson