‘Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed’: Chick-fil-A boss causes outrage AGAIN after tweeting disappointment over historic gay marriage ruling
- Chick fil-A boss Dan Cathy said the ‘founding fathers would be ashamed’
- Last year he caused an outcry after saying that he supported the ‘biblical definition of the family unit’
- Thousands of gay couples then protested stores across the country
- Defense of Marriage Act was struck down meaning that married same-sex couples have to receive the same benefits as heterosexual married couples
- The ruling has substantial effects when it comes to issues like survivors benefits and tax filings for married same-sex couples
- Same-sex marriage is only legal in 12 states and the District of Columbia
- California now added to that list as Prop 8 also dismissed
By Jaymi Mccann
The president of controversial fast food chain Chick fil-A has spoken out against yesterday’s historic gay marriage ruling.
Dan Cathy has previously expressed strong views about homosexuality, saying that he believed in ‘the biblical definition of the family unit’.
Mr Cathy tweeted: ‘Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies’, reported The Wall Street Journal.
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The controversial comment was later deleted from his account.
This comes despite the restaurant issuing a statement saying that the chain would rather ‘focus on running an exceptional restaurant company’ that talk about politics.
In response to the Tweet Chick-fil-A spokeswoman Carrie Kurlander said: ‘Dan Cathy, like everyone in this country, has his own views. However, Chick-fil-A is focused on providing great tasting food and genuine hospitality to everyone.’
Last year Cathy caused controversy when he spoke against gay marriage and homosexuality.
He said: ‘We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit.’
Reiterating his stance during an appearance on ‘The Ken Coleman Show,’ Mr Cathy claimed we were ‘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.”‘
The Atlanta-based business currently has 1,608 locations and boasts sales of more than $4billion.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Chick-fil-A workers are trained ‘to focus on values rooted in the Bible,’ and the eateries nationwide are closed on Sundays.
Mr Cathy said: ‘We don’t claim to be a Christian business.
The comments sparked a national outcry a a day of protests at stores across the country.
Homosexual groups organised Same Sex Kiss Day when thousands of gay couples gathered at the restaurants.
Protest: Hundreds of same sex couples flocked to their local Chick fil-A
Fox News reported at the time that a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Martinsburg, West Virginia, was evacuated after someone called in a bomb threat which was later deemed to be a hoax.
In South Carolina, a man was arrested after he blocked the drive-thru with his vehicle, and vandals at a Chick-Fil-A in Torrance, California painted a message on the side of the restaurant today saying ‘Tastes Like Hate’ with a picture of a cow.
Another branch in Hollywood called the LAPD to control the crowd of demonstrators and media who were apparently making it impossible for employees to do their job.
The company was then forced to make a statement denying accusations of creating false Facebook accounts that supported Cathy’s stance.
In response, thousands of Americans who shared Cathy’s views turned up to buy breakfast at their local store on Chick fil-A appreication day.
yesterday he Supreme Court has ruled in favor of same sex marriage by striking down the Defense of Marriage Act in a landmark 5-4 decision.
It followed that decision with a ruling against California’s controversial Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in the state, meaning that gay marriage will inevitably be deemed legal in California.
By striking down DOMA, the Supreme Court ruled that it was not legal to prevent same-sex spouses from receiving the same benefits that heterosexual couples receive.
PROP 8 RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL
Just minutes after their ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act was announced, the Supreme Court declared California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutional.
The legal drama in California came when the state approved same-sex marriage, and that was followed months later with a Prop 8, which was put in place by the 9th Circuit Court.
Prop 8 banned same-sex marriage across the state, and today, the Supreme Court ruled that the 9th Circuit Court was overstepping their bounds by putting the ban in place in the first place.
Though the legal wrangling will undoubtedly continue in the coming months, the ruling suggests that California will go back to allowing same-sex marriage.
If that is the case, it will be the 13th state to legally allow same-sex marriage.
The plaintiffs in the Prop 8 case were two same-sex couples from California. During their celebratory interviews on the steps of the Supreme Court, one of the women received a phone call from President Obama personally congratulating them on their victory.
While it does not theoretically change the fact that only 12 states and the District of Columbia are the only areas in the U.S. where same-sex marriages are granted, today’s ruling means that any couples who are married in those states have to be treated the same as any heterosexual married couples under the law across the country.
The broadly-written decision says among other privileges, same-sex couples can now file joint tax returns, are entitled to social security survivor benefits, have the right to make medical decisions for incapacitated partners, and will receive notification when a spouse is killed in action.
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority decision, saying that it was not legal to consider same-sex marriages anything lesser than full legal partnerships.
‘Under DOMA, same-sex married couples have their lives burdened, by reason of government decree, in visible and public ways,’ Justice Kennedy wrote in the majority decision.
‘DOMA’s principal effect is to identify a subset of state-sanctioned marriages and make them unequal.’
He wrote that the previous law caused ‘a stigma upon all who enter into same-sex marriages made lawful by the unquestioned authority of the states.’
As was expected, the court’s four more conservative justices- Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and chief justice John Roberts- voted against the issue.
President Obama is currently in Africa on a state visit to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania, but he tweeted shortly after the decision was reached.
‘Today’s DOMA ruling is a historic step forward for #MarriageEquality #LoveIsLove,’ his official Twitter account released.
He was expected to make a statement about the two rulings, and his words will have an added twist as he will give them in Senegal, where homosexuality is illegal.
The second ruling of the day came on the issue of Proposition 8. In that case, California had passed same-sex marriage but then Prop 8 was put in place banning gay marriage in the state. Today’s Supreme Court decision said that Prop 8 was not legal, and they were not legally able to put that ban into place.
By removing the ban, California is now the 13th state that allows same-sex marriage.
The landmark decision comes on a busy week for the highest court in the land, as they already handed down verdicts on similarly controversial decisions on affirmative action, the voting rights act, and a custody battle between a girl’s Native American biological father and her adoptive family.
Crowds gathered outside of the court on Wednesday morning ahead of their 10am announcement.
Right now, 12 states and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriages as legal, and it is likely that the issue will still continue to be determined on a state-by-state basis.
The case itself was based around the constitutionality of denying spousal benefits to same sex partners.They are also considering the validity of the California ban on same-sex marriage.
Named the United States v. Windsor, the case was filed by an elderly lesbian named Edith Windsor. She was married to her female spouse Thea Spyer but was denied estate tax when Ms Spyer died.
Their 40-year love story has been a well-publicized one and a movie was made to nationalize.
In light of today’s landmark ruling, Windsor no longer has to pay the IRS hundreds of dollars that she was told to pay because the federal government did not recognize her same-sex marriage as valid.
THE STORY BEHIND THE CHANGE: THE ELDERLY LESBIAN WIDOW WHO CHALLENGED DOMA OVER $363,000 TAX BILL
Edie Windsor challenged the federal Defense of Marriage Act after she was made to pay $363,000 in inheritance taxes, after her partner of 44 years Thea Spyer died. A heterosexual would not have faced the punitive bill.
She seemed hopeful after she testified in front of the court in March, and today she is undoubtedly celebrating.
‘They were direct, they asked all the right questions,’ she said after exiting the hearing in late March.
‘I didn’t feel any hostility or any sense of inferiority…I felt we were very respected and I think it’s gonna be good,’ she added with a smile.
Two years after they were married, Spyer, a long-suffering multiple sclerosis patient, passed away.
Windsor explained how weeks later she suffered a real life ‘broken heart,’ when she was struck down with a heart-attack. She was then hit with the massive tax bill.
‘In the midst of my grief, I realized the federal government was treating us as strangers,’ she said.
As such, the widow challenged the DOMA and when lower courts agreed that the Act discriminatory and unconstitutional, the case was handed to the Supreme Court to make a final determination.
The 1996 U.S. law denies married same-sex couples access to federal benefits by defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Kennedy referred to DOMA as “inconsistent” because it purports to give authority to the states to define marriage while limiting recognition of those determinations. –Daily Mail Reporter