The popular fast food chain Chick-fil-A is under fire for its support of pro-family groups that denounce gay marriage.
Gay rights groups say the Christian-owned restaurant demonstrated its "anti-gay agenda" recently by providing food for a conference put on by the Pennsylvania Family Institute. The group is known for its campaigns against gay marriage.
"Providing food to these events or any event is not an endorsement of the mission, political stance, or motives of this or any other organization," Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy responded in a video statement. "Chick-Fil-A will continue providing resources to strengthen marriages and families, but still love and respect people who disagree with them."
A petition against Chick-fil-A was posted on the human rights website Change.org, urging the company to do more to promote homosexual marriage.
Activists claimed the company's ties to Focus on the Family and other "organizations working to take civil rights" from the homosexual community are evidence of its "homophobic" habits.
Cathy held that there's no "agenda" behind Chick-fil-A's actions.
However, he stressed his company's purpose is to, "Glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us, and to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A."
Cathy said Chick-fil-A will not "champion" agendas on marriage and family, but "will continue to offer resources to strengthen marriages and families."