Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey apologized after promoting Chick-fil-A during Pride Month — here's why the fast-food chain is so controversial

Business Insider | 8/3/2012 | Leanna Garfield
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On Saturday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey came under fire after revealing that he ate at Chick-fil-A during LGBT+ Pride Month. He later apologized.

The fast-food chain is controversial among LGBT+ rights advocates for its anti-same-sex marriage stance.

Chick-fil-A - CEO - Dan - Cathy - Backlash

In 2012, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy ignited a backlash after he said the company was "guilty as charged" for backing "the biblical definition of the family unit."

Over the weekend, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey received a flurry of backlash after he tweeted that he ate Chick-fil-A this month — which also happens to be LGBT+ Pride month.

Dorsey - Photo - Saturday - Caption - Boost

Dorsey posted a photo on Saturday with the caption "Boost @ChickfilA," showing he had saved 10% on a $31.58 order at the fast-food chain.

Critics immediately pointed out that the Atlanta-based company has a long, contentious relationship with the LGBT+ community. The former CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien tweeted: "This is an interesting company to boost during Pride month, @jack."

Dorsey - Background

Dorsey responded: "You're right. Completely forgot about their background."

He is referencing the fact that Chick-fil-A has donated millions of dollars to anti-LGBT+ organizations.

Huffington - Post - Chick-fil-A - WinShape - Foundation

In 2010, The Huffington Post reported that Chick-fil-A, through its WinShape Foundation, donated $2 million to groups that oppose same-sex marriage, most notably the Marriage & Family Foundation. Until 2012, the company reportedly donated at least $2 million more to such groups.

In 2012, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy confirmed that the company does not support same-sex marriage because it goes against the organization's religious values.

Interview - Baptist - Press - Cathy - Time

In an interview with the Baptist Press, Cathy said at the time:

"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. We operate as a family business ... our restaurants are typically led by families; some are single. We want...
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