The president of the fast food chain Chick-fil-A voiced his disapproval of same-sex marriage in an interview this week and called marriage equality supporters “arrogant” for going against god, On Top Magazine reported.
Dan Cathy came out against gay marriage on a radio show and defended the restaurant’s longstanding anti-gay stance.
“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 a marriage,’” Cathy said. “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.”
After being criticized for his statements the businessman told the Baptist Press earlier this week that he is “guilty as charged” and is very “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,” Cathy told the publication.
Chick-fil-A officials have since released a statement and said the company follows biblically based values.
“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,” the statement reads. “Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”