July 27th, 2012
06:22 PM ET

Chick-fil-A wades into a fast-food fight over same-sex marriage rights

By Sarah Aarthun, CNN

Atlanta (CNN) - Ordering lunch just got a lot more complicated than deciding how to answer, "Do you want fries with that?"

Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy sparked reactions that were swift and strong after he weighed in on same-sex marriage by saying his company backs the traditional family unit.

Politicians from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum spoke up. Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage protested. And suddenly, the type of fast-food bag you carry could reveal your views on a hot-button social issue that has split the country.

Some proponents of same-sex marriage have decried Cathy's comments and called for a boycott of the chain, which had annual sales of more than $4.1 billion last year and has more than 1,615 locations in 39 states and Washington, D.C., with the strongest concentration in the Southeast.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. BillR

    Rights? I would call it perverted. Just my opinion. By the way, I have the right to my opinion just like they fully have the right to theirs. P.S. Don't pull that hate crap. I don't hate them, I just disagree with them. Don't bother trying to change my mind. It won't work.

    August 5, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sand man

    Cathy is talking about not being divorced. He says so in the same sentence.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Hamsta

    A man who runs his business according to his religous beliefs is not a bigot, a gay man who wants to force a private business to accept his lifestyle of allowing traffic to go the wrong way up a onw way steet is not just a bigot but also a bully and ungodly.

    July 29, 2012 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |