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Jan 31, 2011, 10:53am EST Updated: Jan 31, 2011, 11:19am EST

Chick-fil-A defends its values

Dan Cathy

Staff Atlanta Business Chronicle

Chick-fil-A Inc. President and Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy has posted a video on the company’s Facebook page and released a written statement in response to accusations by gay rights groups the chicken-sandwich chain is anti-gay.

According to a New York Times report:

“A Pennsylvania outlet’s sponsorship of a February marriage seminar by one of that state’s most outspoken groups against homosexuality lit up gay blogs around the country. Students at some universities have also begun trying to get the chain removed from campuses.”

Click here for the New York Times story.

Dan Cathy said in the statement the company simply has “a long history of trying to encourage and strengthen marriages and families, both within our Chick-fil-A system and with our customers” and is “a family business that serves and values all people regardless of their beliefs or opinions.”

Cathy also clarified company franchise policy:

“Some recent coverage has incorrectly reported that we require potential franchisees to discuss their church involvement. In addition, we do not require this in our franchisee selection process nor do we require a pledge to follow Christian values for the college scholarships we provide.”

Click here for Cathy’s video.

Cathy’s full written statement follows:

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