Can a Chick-fil-A meal make a political statement?

July 26, 2012 - 3:36 PM
Chick fil A Culture Wars

In this Monday, Dec. 14, 2009 picture, Chick-fil-a founder Truett Cathy, left, and his son Dan Cathy pose for a photo with the Chick-fil-A cows during a celebration of passing the $3 billon dollar mark in system-wide sales for the first time at the Chick-fil-a headquarters in Atlanta. Chick-fil-A, whose founder distinguished the fast-food chain by closing on Sunday out of religious piety, continues to mix theology with business and finds itself on the front lines of the nation’s culture wars after its president, Dan Cathy, confirmed his opposition to gay marriage in June 2012. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Elissa Eubanks)

ATLANTA (AP) — All of a sudden, biting into a fried chicken sandwich has become a political statement.

The latest uproar in the nation's culture wars began earlier this month when Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy said he was against same-sex marriage. The Cathy family has never hid from its Southern Baptist views, closing its restaurants on Sundays.

But Cathy's statement has fired up gay rights groups, who are calling for a boycott. City leaders in Boston and Chicago say the restaurant is not welcome there and the Jim Henson Company has yanked its Muppet toys from kids' meals.

Meanwhile, Chick-fil-A supporters have answered emphatically. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has declared Wednesday "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" and the Rev. Billy Graham says he plans to eat there next week.