Clear as Mud: 7 Times Support Didn't Sound Supportive

For major companies claiming to support their LGBT customers, here's what not to do.

BY Trudy Ring

April 01 2014 5:00 AM ET

Chick-fil-A: The feathers hit the fan two years ago when it was revealed that the company’s charitable arm had made significant donations to antigay groups, and chief operating officer Dan Cathy voiced his opposition to marriage equality (repeatedly). LGBT consumers and their allies vowed never again to eat that kind of chikin, while conservatives like Mike Huckabee drummed up support for the fast-food chain. Cathy kept on serving up antigay rhetoric into 2013, saying the Supreme Court’s rulings for marriage equality constituted a “sad day for our nation.” But now, as the newly minted CEO of the company, he says he’s going to keep his views to himself — but they haven’t changed. “I think the time of truths and principles are captured and codified in God’s word and I’m just personally committed to that,” he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution last month. “I know others feel very different from that and I respect their opinion and I hope that they would be respectful of mine.” But something tells us LGBT customers and their allies won't exactly be rushing to get in line.

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