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Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy admits it was 'mistake' to drag his chain into gay marriage debate

' ... You learn from those mistakes. If not, you’re just a fool. I’m thankful that I lived through it and I learned a lot from it'
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Photo: Dan Cathy via Twitter

Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy now wishes he hadn't dragged his fast food restaurant chain into the debate over gay marriage even though he remains opposed to it.

'Every leader goes through different phases of maturity, growth and development and it helps by (recognizing) the mistakes that you make,' Cathy says in an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

He adds: '... You learn from those mistakes. If not, you’re just a fool. I’m thankful that I lived through it and I learned a lot from it..'

What Cathy now admits was a mistake remarking in an interview in summer of 2012 that he was 'guilty as charged' when asked about his religious-based opposition to gay marriage.

This came after it was made public that the charitable arm of the privately-owned chain had contributed money to anti-gay causes.

While gay marriage supporters boycotted the chain, others flocked to it to show their support for the Cathy's views including former US Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Then in June 2013, on the day the US Supreme Court gutted key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act and allowed gay marriages to resume in California, Cathy sent out this tweet: 'Sad day for our nation. Founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies.'

His tweet was later deleted.

Cathy says he now regrets the effect his activism had on staff and restaurant operators and that the goal now is to 'keep the whole of the organization in mind and it has to take precedence over the personal expression and opinion on social issues.'

Not that he had changed his mind on gay marriage.

'I think the time of truths and principles are captured and codified in God’s word and I’m just personally committed to that,' he says.

'I know others feel very different from that and I respect their opinion and I hope that they would be respectful of mine.'

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Since his original comments back in 2012, at least 2 stores have opened here in Santa Clara County, California, USA. I continue to take my money elsewhere.

As for references below to the Salvation Army of which I am an associate - http://www.snopes.com/politics/sexuality/salvationarmy.asp

Specifically: "This is a misunderstanding of the text referred to, (Romans 1:18-32). The Scripture in question, viewed in its broader context, is not referring to physical death, nor is it specifically targeted at homosexual behaviour. The author (St. Paul the Apostle) is arguing that no human being is without sin, all sin leads to spiritual death (separation from God), and all people therefore need a Saviour."

I recommend you read the full Snopes Article for a better understanding of the controversy and of the Salvation Army's actual position. (Also NOTE: All groups are made up of individuals each with their own mutable beliefs. The goal of discipleship is continued spiritual growth and change in the individual.)

I'm curious if anyone has looked into Chick-fil-A's recent sales figures to see if this has anything to do with Dan's apparent change of heart?