Chick-fil-A Executive’s Comments on Same-Sex Marriage Spark New Debate
There was some new reaction today over some controversial comments putting fast food chain Chick-fil-A in the national spotlight. The company president and chief operating officer Dan Cathy told a Christian news organization earlier this month that Chick-fil-A supports “the biblical definition of the family unit.”
In a later interview, Cathy said, “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes as marriage’ and I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”
It has been publicly known that the family who owns the chain opposes same-sex marriage, but still his comments on the issue have sparked new reaction on both sides of the aisle, including strong praise from the National Organization for Marriage and sharp criticism from others including Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Boston and Chicago are two cities where the fast food chain is looking to expand. After the comments, Mayor Menino actually wrote Cathy a letter urging him to back out of his plans open in Boston and Mayor Emanuel said, “Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values.”
Michael Graham and Alan Colmes weighed in on the debate on today’s America Live.
Colmes doesn’t think it’s appropriate to deny Chick-fil-A the right to operate its business in those towns.
“As much as I object to what they stand for, I think it’s wrong for the government to say ‘We’re going to deny you the right to operate here.’ The government should not stop a business from coming in,” Colmes said.
Colmes thinks that it’s fine for a mayor to speak out, but said, “I wouldn’t go as far as to say they should take legal action or legislature to stop a business from moving in.”
Watch Colmes and Graham duke it out: