Dan Cathy on LGBT equality: Chick-fil-A supports ‘biblical families’

By David Edwards
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 12:59 EDT
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Dan Cathy speaks to WXIA
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Chick-fil-A founder Dan Cathy recently said that his company funded groups that oppose equal rights for LGBT people because it wanted to “support biblical families.”

In one of his first on-camera interviews since he told the Baptist Press that Chick-fil-A was “guilty as charged” of working to prevent marriage equality, Cathy tried to avoid the controversy but used the word “family” six times in 11 seconds.

“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy told WXIA’s Matt Pearl on Saturday. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”

“Families are very important to our country,” he added. “And they’re very important to those of us who are concerned about being able to hang on to our heritage.”

“We support biblical families, and they’ve always been a part of that.”

After a summer filled with protests and counter-protests over the restaurant chain’s stance on marriage equality, Chick-fil-A reportedly agreed to stop funding groups opposing rights for LGBT people, some of which had been labeled as hate groups. But just two days later, the company changed its tune.

“Chick-fil-A and its charitable-giving arm, the WinShape Foundation, did not agree to stop making donations to groups that support the biblical definition of marriage in exchange for being allowed to open a franchise in Chicago,” a statement from the company said.

Watch this video from WXIA, broadcast Oct. 3, 2012.

(h/t: The Huffington Post)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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