This past summer, fried chicken purveyors Chick-fil-A became an unexpected totem for the religious right -- and the object of derision (and some lampooning) from equality advocates for its increasingly public stance against gay marriage. The fast food chain’s in-your-face Christian values aren’t exactly news. Forbes ran a story on The Cult of Chick-fil-A in 2007, and its stores close on Sunday to allow workers to attend church. Rather, it was company president Dan Cathy’s reaffirmation of his firm’s same-sex marriage stance that set off the most recent wave of protest.In an interview with the Baptist Press in July, Cathy said he was “guilty as charged” in his support of what he describes as traditional marriage. “We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles,” Cathy said. Pictured is his father Truett, co-founder and chairman of the family company.
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