Chick-fil-A is back in the news, and once again, it’s not for a new menu offering.
The fast-food chain’s president Dan Cathy sent a personal tweet Wednesday criticizing the Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage.
The tweet was deleted, but not before it was seen and captured in screen shots and on Topsy.
Via Topsy, Cathy’s tweet read:
Cathy is no stranger to controversy over his vocal opposition to gay marriage.
In 2012, Cathy came out “’guilty as charged’ for backing ‘the biblical definition of a family,’” the Blaze reported.
The ensuing controversy was so heated and explosive, conservative supporters held a Chick-fil-A “Appreciation Day” that was a “record-setting day” for the chain, Fox News reported on Aug. 2, 2012.
As before, Cathy’s comment has caused new backlash toward the company.
Chick-fil-A spokesman Jerry Johnston issued a statement Thursday on Cathy’s tweet that read, “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,” the Huffington Post reported.
Later on Thursday, Johnston explained to the Post why Cathy deleted his tweet.
“[Cathy] 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,” Johnston told the paper.
The Blaze published a sampling of angry tweets directed toward Cathy’s Chick-fil-A: