The Christian-owned chain restaurant Chick-fil-A continues to experience tremendous sales and growth despite opposition and boycotts from LGBT activists. In 2018, Chick-fil-A's sales totaled $10.46 billion, up from $9 billion in 2017, making it the No. 3 restaurant in terms of sales in the United States, according to Nation's Restaurant News, as reported in ChristianHeadlines.com.
In 2012, when the LGBT boycotts began, Chick-fil-A's annual sales were $4.6 billion. Now they are more than double that amount. Also, since 2012 the chain has opened nearly 700 more restaurants, according to the Journal & Courier.
In keeping with the Christian beliefs of its owners, Chick-fil-A is closed every Sunday and on Thanksgiving and Christmas. The company, founded in 1967, currently operates more than 2,400 restaurants in 47 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada.
In July 2012, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy told the Bible Recorder, "[A]s an organization we can operate on biblical principles. So that is what we claim to be. [We are] based on biblical principles, asking God and pleading with God to give us wisdom on decisions we make about people and the programs and partnerships we have. And He has blessed us."
Cathy also defended marriage as being between one man and one woman for life, as is clear in the natural order and as established by God.
"Well, guilty as charged," said Cathy. "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," he said. "We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that."
Cathy's remarks about marriage and family, as well as the company's donations to groups that oppose "gay marriage," sparked an outcry by LGBT activists and the liberal media.
Typical was the Human Rights Campaign, which said in 2012, “HRC is sending a loud and clear message to Chick-fil-A: we will not rest until your consumers know that you take their money and hand it over to groups that actively work to demonize LGBT people. Consumers should have all the facts about Chick-fil-A’s anti-LGBT history, and then make informed decisions about whether they want to continue to support a business that proudly touts its connections to discriminatory groups."
In 2017, the left-wing group ThinkProgress complained, "While the company’s non-profit arms scaled back support for some of the groups that actively push an anti-gay agenda, the Chick-fil-A Foundation’s most recent IRS filings show it gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to anti-LGBTQ organizations in 2015." ThinkProgress complained again in 2019 over Chick-fil-A donations to organizations that oppose so-called gay marriage.
Despite the protests from the homosexual left, Chick-fil-A is doing well.