Added Cathy: "I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,' and I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about."
As one might imagine, Mr. Cathy's comments opposing marriage equality have created quite a shitstorm.
Shortly after learning of Chick-fil-A's opposition to marriage equality, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino wrote Mr. Cathy a letter urging him to reconsider plans to open a new restaurant location in Boston.
To Mr. Cathy:
In recent days you said Chick-fil-A opposes same-sex marriage and said the generation that supports it has an "arrogant attitude."
Now—incredibly—your company says you are backing out of the same-sex marriage debate. I urge you to back out of your plans to locate in Boston.
You called supporters of gay marriage "prideful". Here in Boston, to borrow your own words, we are "guilty as charged." We are indeed full of pride for our support of same sex marriage and our work to expand freedom to all people. We are proud that our state and our city have led the way for the country on equal marriage rights.
I was angry to learn on the heels of your prejudiced statements about your search for a site to locate in Boston. There is no place for discrimination on Boston's Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it. When Massachusetts became the first state in the country to recognize equal marriage rights, I personally stood on City Hall Plaza to greet same sex couples coming here to be married. It would be an insult to them and to our city's long history of expanding freedom to have a Chick-fil-A across the street from that spot.
Thomas M. Menino
Mayor, City of Boston
While additional cities, including Chicago, have shown support for same-sex marriage by halting the progress of future Chick-fil-A locations, many conservative politicians, including Rick Santorum, have taken to Twitter in support of Cathy's beliefs.