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Chick-fil-A controversy: Taken out of context?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 4:00pm

The recent controversy over comments made by Chick-fil-a president Dan Cathy regarding gay marriage created a stir nationwide.

Many people have vowed to boycott the restaurant, while others have come out in support of the chain, which has more than 1,600 locations across the country.

But, did Cathy actually say anything about gay marriage?

The story stemmed from a report done by The Biblical Reporter, and circulated by The Baptist Press, in which Cathy reinforces the company's support of the "traditional family". However, nowhere in the report does he mention gay marriage specifically.

Cathy does, however, allude to the biblical definition of a family, and defends Christian values.

Many media sources used Cathy's quote -- "Guilty as charged" -- as an example of Cathy's anti-gay stance, but he was never directly asked about same-sex marriage.

That controversial comment came during a discussion about Chick-fil-a's Winshape Foundation, which is a marriage-strengthening program.

Some claim that the comment could be applied to the company's stance on family units (whether heterosexual or otherwise), based on their investment in Winshape.

Here is the direct portion of the story, with nothing taken out of context. You decide for yourself:

"That (Winshape) morphed into a marriage program in conjunction with national marriage ministries," Cathy added.

Some have opposed the company's support of the traditional family. "Well, guilty as charged," said Cathy when asked about the company's position.

"We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.

"We operate as a family business ... our restaurants are typically led by families; some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that," Cathy emphasized.

In response to the controversy, the company issued a statement saying that they will "treat every person with honor, dignity and respect -- regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender."

They also say that Chick-fil-a intends to "leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena".

After reading the direct quote -- what do you think about Cathy's comments? Were they taken out of context... or do you believe the controversy is legitimate?

Let us know in the comments below!

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