With Chick-Fil-A's years of donations to a horde of homophobic organization finally earning full mainstream media steam, the company has released a statement in an attempt to distance itself from President and COO Dan Cathy's recent anti-gay remarks.
So, what does Chick-Fil-A's veep have to say about Cathy's claim that they run their company's principles on the biblical idea of a family (whatever that is)?
Posted to the Chick-Fil-A Facebook page (and provided to CNN) is the following statement:
The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 Restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.
Chick-fil-A is a family-owned and family-led company serving the communities in which it operates. From the day Truett Cathy started the company, he began applying Bible-based principles to managing his business. For example, we believe that closing on Sundays, operating debt-free and devoting a percentage of our profits back to our communities are what make us a stronger company and Chick-fil-A family.
Our mission is simple: to serve great food, provide genuine hospitality and have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.
The post has already accrued nearly 7,000 comments, with many folks forgiving the fast food chain and thanking them for "not taking a stand" despite Cathy's promise to continue funneling customers' money to wage a war on LGBT Americans.
What do you think of Chick-Fil-A's new statement?