Evangelist Billy Graham said he "appreciates" Chick-fil-A for speaking out against gay marriage and "never compromising" its Christian values.
Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy has been under attack since he said his company is "guilty as charged" for supporting biblical values and traditional marriage.
Social media has lit up with reaction to the ordeal, with some customers -- and companies -- deciding to nix ties with Chick-fil-A.
"I want to express my support for my good friends Truett Cathy and his son Dan Cathy, and for their strong stand for the Christian faith," Graham said in a press release Thursday.
"Each generation faces different issues and challenges, but our standard must always be measured by God's word," he continued. "I appreciate the Cathy family's public support for God's definition of marriage."
Graham went on to commend Chick-fil-A for its company vision and customer service.
"It's easy to see why Chick-fil-A has become so popular across America," he said.
Meanwhile, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has deemed Wednesday, Aug. 1 "National Chic-fil-A Appreciation Day." Graham said he plans to show his support by visiting Chick-fil-A that day.
Franklin Graham also applauded the chicken giant for having the "courage" to take a "bold stand" against same-sex marriage.
"In the words of the bold, biblical prophet Daniel who refused to bow to the evil culture of his day: 'The people who know their God will display strength and take action,'" Franklin Graham said.
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