(WTVR) - The President of Chick-Fil-A is speaking out for the first time since his controversial remarks on gay marriage.
Dan Cathy came under fire when he said he believes in the biblical definition of marriage as that between a man and a woman.
Though Cathy said he loves and respects anyone who disagrees, he stands by the traditional values he says Chick-Fil-A has always supported.
"Families are very important to our country, they're very important, I think." Cathy went on to say, "to all of us who are concerned about being able to hang on to the heritage that we have."
Critics of Cathy's earlier comment accused Chick-Fil-A of discrimination.
The fast food chain says it does not discriminate against anyone.