Chick-fil-A's Dan Cathy: We Still Support 'Biblical Families'

By the Associated Press | October 3, 2012 | 5:27 PM EDT

Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy said, 'we support Biblical families.' (AP)

THOMASTON, Ga. (AP) -- Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy voiced his support for "Biblical families" in one of his first interviews since his earlier comments caused controversy regarding gay marriage.

Cathy told Atlanta TV station WXIA in an interview released Wednesday that families are important to "those of us who are concerned about being able to hang on to our heritage."

He added, "we support Biblical families, and they've always been a part of that."

Cathy kicked up a storm of protest and support this summer with comments opposing same-sex marriage. Long lines formed outside Chick-fil-A restaurants on an "appreciation day" and opponents countered with "kiss-ins" by same-sex couples.s over the weekend at an event at his family's Georgia ranch.

Cathy's father started the Atlanta-based company in 1967.