Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A Controversy Brought Out Intolerant Tolerance

Company owners were pilloried for holding the same views the president espoused just months ago

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Supporters of same-sex marriage have opened up a new front in America's Culture Wars in recent weeks – by targeting a chicken-sandwich restaurant. The call to boycott Chick-fil-A over comments made by its CEO reveal how the debate about same-sex marriage is moving in an increasingly illiberal direction.

Chick-fil-A, an Atlanta-based fast-food restaurant chain with 1,600 restaurants in 40 US states, makes chicken sandwiches that many rave about. When asked if it was true that he did not support gay marriage, CEO Dan Cathy said he was 'guilty as charged'. He added: '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.'