Chick-fil-A seemingly doubled down on its anti-gay marriage stance yet again after the company's president re-iterated the restaurant chain's support of "Biblical" families.
"Families are very important to our country," Dan Cathy told NBC affiliate 11 Alive. "And they're very important to those of us who are concerned about being able to hang on to our heritage. We support Biblical families, and they've always been a part of that."
Cathy's remarks should clear up any residual confusion over the restaurant chain's views. Last month, Chicago Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno claimed that Chick-fil-A -- which weathered a media firestorm this summer after Cathy's "guilty as charged" confirmation of the corporation's anti-gay stance -- had agreed to cease donations to right-wing groups that oppose same-sex marriage and other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights.
Just days later, Cathy issued a statement on former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s website denying Moreno's claims, and noted the company had made no "concessions" to gay marriage supporters. “There continues to be erroneous implications in the media that Chick-fil-A changed our practices and priorities in order to obtain permission for a new restaurant in Chicago," Cathy wrote. "That is incorrect. Chick-fil-A made no such concessions, and we remain true to who we are and who we have been."
A second statement was issued on Chick-fil-A's official website, in which officials defended their corporate giving as having been "mischaracterized." The statement noted:
"And while our sincere intent has been to remain out of this political and social debate, events from Chicago this week have once again resulted in questions around our giving. A part of our corporate commitment is to be responsible stewards of all that God has entrusted to us. Because of this commitment, Chick-fil-A's giving heritage is focused on programs that educate youth, strengthen families and enrich marriages, and support communities. We will continue to focus our giving in those areas. Our intent is not to support political or social agendas."
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