Fast-food chain Chick-fil-A has been in stormy seas with the LGBT community, and has been seemingly making an attempt to move away from its anti-gay beliefs. However, with CEO Dan Cathy’s tweet on Wednesday in response to the Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8, it seems that may not actually be how the company feels.
In his tweet, Cathy stated:
“Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandom wisdom of the ages re. cornerstone of strong societies.”
Unsurprisingly, the tweet was deleted almost as quickly as it spread. Nevertheless, it is still available on Topsy, an online platform which can trackback and index tweets and web pages.
Chick-fil-A spokesperson Jerry Johnston in an email statement to The Huffington Post, said “Dan Cathy, like everyone in this country, has his own views. However, Chick-fil-A is focused on providing great-tasting food and genuine hospitality to everyone.”
Last year’s public controversy about the company’s business practices stemmed directly from Cathy’s views on marriage equality. As a known financial backer of anti-gay organizations, Cathy has publicly expressed his beliefs on numerous occasions calling homosexuality “twisted up kind of stuff.”
And in a 2013 statement, he stated that “we are inviting God’s judgement on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’” as quoted from New York Times.
From there, the company has experienced a backlash from the LGBT community, despite Chick-fil-A’s sole mission to “treat every person with honor, dignity and respect” despite “belief, race, creed, sexual orientation, or gender.”
The company claimed to push away from its anti-gay practices, including cutting off donations to anti-gay organizations; and even Cathy took steps to make a change by befriending LGBT activist and founder/executive director of pro-LGBT college group Campus Pride, Shane Windmeyer.
It turned out though, that despite Windmeyer’s statements of Chick-fil-A moving away from its anti-gay history, the most recent records available show that they had given more to anti-LGBT groups in 2011 than it has in previous years.
Since the tweet, spokesman Johnson has contacted Huffington Post with an explanation of Cathy’s tweet:
“He realized his views didn’t necessarily represent the views of all customers, restaurant owners and employees and didn’t want to distract them from providing a great restaurant experience.”