Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy is in hot water again after criticizing the recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings that extended federal recognition to same-sex marriages in the states where they are legal. Cathy posted the comment Wednesday on Twitter saying that it was a "Sad day for our nation” and that the founding fathers of our country would be “ashamed.” The comment has since been deleted.
The tweet came after the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that DOMA, which barred the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, even in states where the union has already been legalized, is unconstitutional. Following the decision, the Supreme Court also dropped the case for Proposition 8, California's same-sex marriage ban.
Chick-fil-A issued a statement acknowledging the post, saying Cathy was offering a personal comment.
"Dan Cathy, like everyone in this country, has his own views. However, Chick-fil-A is focused on providing great tasting food and genuine hospitality to everyone.”
While Cathy is widely recognized as someone who opposes gay marriage, this is not the first time he has shared his views with the public.
Last year, Cathy told the Baptist Press that the company was "guilty as charged" for backing "the biblical definition of a family." In a later radio interview, he ratcheted up the rhetoric: "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.'"
Public officials in Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago have since told the company that it is not welcome in their cities.
Regarding a possible New York City expansion, Chick-fil-A spokeswoman Kurlander told the Wall Street Journal, “We are constantly looking for new locations for our restaurants in a number of cities. Nothing is final, of course, until or unless we announce a new site.”
Chick-fil-A’s only location in New York City is part of the New York University campus.