Chick-fil-A has been making headlines lately, after company president, Dan Cathy, publicly announced on "The Ken Coleman Show" a few weeks ago that same-sex marriage risks "inviting God’s judgment on our nation" and he supports the "biblical definition of a family."
The customer outcry has been far-reaching, with three city mayors – Boston, Chicago and San Francisco – making a public request for Chick-fil-A to not set up any franchises within their cities. Individuals all over the nation have called for a boycott of the restaurant and The Jim Henson Company even pulled its Muppet-themed toys from Chick-fil-A kids' meals and said it will donate any money the toys have made to the gay rights' group GLAAD.
Diane Brady wrote in a recent Bloomberg Businessweek article that the issue is not about Cathy supporting or not supporting gay marriage, but, that he "crossed the line in letting his faith become less about inspiration than alienation."
"Not only did he openly condemn the beliefs of a big chunk of Chick-fil-A’s audience, he implied that their views are unpatriotic and even put the country at risk," Brady wrote.
In contrast, there is Bill Marriott, chairman of the Mormon-controlled Marriott hotel chain. While the company leader has never tried to hide his faith, Brady writes, he has also never tried to impose his views on the business his father founded. Instead, Marriott said that when you're in business, you're in it to make money, and it's important to appeal to the masses, regardless of what their beliefs are.
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