Dan Cathy, president of Chick-Fil-A, has conceded that his company is opposed to gay marriage.
In an interview with the Christian publication the Baptist Press
, Cathy answered, "Well, guilty as charged," when asked about his company's record of supporting groups opposed to marriage equality.
"We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit," Cathy said. "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 want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that."
Last year, as the company's links to anti-gay groups came under increased scrutiny, Cathy announced that his company would no longer "champion any political agendas on marriage and family" and claimed that Chick-Fil-A has "no agenda against anyone."
According to Equality Matters, Chick-Fil-A donated $3 million to groups opposed to gay rights, including the Family Research Council (FRC) and Exodus International, between 2003 and 2009. In 2010, the company gave more than $1.9 million to such groups, more than any other year for which public records are available.