Sarah Palin loves her Chick-fil-A chicken and wants the world to know.
The 2008 Republican vice presidential boldly stepped into the recent food war as proxy by letting her followers know she was going to the fast food restaurant immediately after a Texas campaign stop.
‘Stopped by Chick-fil-A in The Woodlands to support a great business,’ Palin tweeted as reported by Politico. The Woodlands is a suburb of Houston.
The Georgia based company has come under fire for its support of anti-gay marriage initiatives. In an interview with Baptist Press, chief operating officer Dan Cathy said his firm was "guilty as charged" when it comes to being against marriage rights.
‘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. We give God thanks for that. 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.’
In 2010 the chain donated nearly $2 million to anti-gay groups.
After the revelation, the company came under fire from Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Jim Henson Company severed its partnership with the company.
Palin joined a growing number of politicians pushing back against the criticism. Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, well known for his anti-gay views, defended the company in a Facebook post on 25 July.
‘Chick-fil-A, a wonderful example of the American entrepreneurial spirit, has been the target of vicious attacks from the liberal left,’ he writes. ‘They are now facing unprecedented attacks because the leadership of this company acts out their faith, a right afforded to all of us in the Constitution.’
He gave his backing to ‘Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,’ an idea touted by former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. On 1 August supporters of traditional values are asked to buy a meal at the chain.