Actor Ed Helms announced on Twitter Wednesday (18 July) that he is giving up his Chick-Fil-A habit because of the the fast food chain’s position against gay marriage.
Helms, one of the stars of The Hangover movies and the NBC sitcom The Office, tweeted: ‘Chick-Fil-A doesn’t like gay people? So lame. Hate to think what they do to the gay chickens! Lost a loyal fan.’
Earlier this week, Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy said in an interview with the Baptist Press that the company is ‘guilty as charged’ when it comes to its opposition to gay marriage.
The company had denied in the past that it has an anti-gay agenda but Cathy now acknowledges that they do: ‘We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.’
Author Christopher Rice also tweeted about the company’s anti-gay politics: ‘I’m pro-family too, as long as your family isn’t made up of bigoted jerks who don’t know how to mind their own business.’
Out actor Peter Paige, one of the stars of the Showtime series Queer as Folk, blasted the company via Facebook: ‘I can’t in good conscience give one f*cking cent to those people.’
The watchdog group Equality Matters reported earlier this month that the chain donated nearly $2 million to anti-gay groups in 2010 through its charitable arm called WinShape.
WinShape was created by Chick-fil-A founder and chairman S. Truett Cathy in 1984. According to IRS forms, it gave more than $2 million to anti-gay groups between 2003 and 2009.
Chick-fil-A in based in Georgia and has 1,614 restaurants in 39 states and the District of Columbia and has for its slogan ‘Eat mor chikin.’
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