Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy tweeted of his displeasure regarding the Supreme Court’s decision about the Defense of Marriage Act yesterday. The tweet was deleted shortly after it was posted.
Cathy’s tweet described the overruling of DOMA as something that would be disappointing to the Founding Fathers and called the day a sad one for the nation.
In a prepared statement from the company, Chick-fil-A defended Cathy’s decision to delete the politically heated 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," the statement read.
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Spokesman for Chick-fil-A, Jerry Johnston, added that while Cathy is welcome to express his own personal views, the franchise is focused merely on providing genuine hospitality and great tasting food to everyone.
Chick-fil-A is no stranger to scandal. Cathy told The Baptist Press last July that he believed in “biblical marriage” — that is, marriage between one man and one woman.
Cathy also experienced backlash when it was discovered that Chick-fil-A funded right-wing groups opposed to same-sex marriage, though the company has reportedly stopped donating to those groups since September.
Since then the company has tried to remove itself from discrimination claiming that its only mission is to treat everyone with honor and dignity, regardless of belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.