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Mayor urges Chick-fil-A ‘to back out of plans to locate in Boston’

Posted at 3:19 PM, Jul 25, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-25 15:20:55-04

The above letter was posted on the Facebook account for Boston, Massachusetts. Within two hours the picture had been shared almost 10,000 times, with expressions of support for the mayor flooding Facebook.

The fact that Chick-fil-A is a company that espouses Christian values is no secret. The fact that its 1,600 fast-food chicken restaurants across the country are closed on Sundays has long been testament to that.

But the comments of company President Dan Cathy about gay marriage to Baptist Press last week ignited a social media wildfire.

“Guilty as charged,” Cathy said when asked about his company’s support of the traditional family unit as opposed to gay marriage.

“We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that,” Cathy is quoted as saying.

In a statement to CNN last Wednesday, the company said it would stick by its principles, but it tried to withdraw from the heated social media debate over them.