Chick-fil-A President on SCOTUS Ruling: ’Sad Day For Our Nation’
It looks like Chick-fil-A’s president and CEO Dan Cathy hasn’t changed his views on LGBT rights since coming under fire last summer for his anti-gay comments. Cathy has once again been put in the media spotlight after reacting to the Supreme Court’s rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 on Wednesday, Think Progress reports.
The controversial businessman took to Twitter after the justice’s announcements and wrote, "Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies."
The Wall Street Journal reports that Cathy quickly deleted the tweet, however, and Chick-fil-A spokeswoman Carrie Kurlander said the CEO "like everyone in this country, has his own views. However, Chick-fil-A is focused on providing great tasting food and genuine hospitality to everyone."
A Chick-fil-A spokesperson also spoke with the Huffington Post and said Cathy "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."
Though the tweet is gone form Cathy’s Twitter account, Topsy, a website that allows people to view past tweets and old websites, still shows the remark.
Last summer, Chick-fil-A was surrounded by controversy when Cathy denounced marriage equality, sparking a national debate on LGBT issues. After former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee created Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, gay rights activists launched a boycott and planed a national "kiss in" to counter the Republican politician’s pseudo holiday. Nevertheless, the fast food chain’s officials reported record sales on Appreciation Day.