After the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday, Chick-fil-A president and chief operating officer Dan Cathy was not happy.
The Wall Street Journal Cathy reported that Cathy Tweeted, then quickly removed, an anti-gay marriage statement following the landmark DOMA verdict.
The Chick-fil-A exec called it a "sad day" for the U.S. and that the "founding fathers would be ashamed" at such disregard for the "cornerstone of strong societies."
The court ruled that DOMA, which barred the U.S. government from recognizing same-sex unions, even in states where gay marriage is legal, is unconstitutional.
Following the decision, the SCOTUS also dismissed Proposition 8, California's same-sex marriage ban, clearing the way for gay marriage in that state.
Cathy, who famously made headlines last summer for saying his company supports the "biblical definition" of marriage, quickly voiced his displeasure.
In a statement Thursday, a spokesperson for the fast-food restaurant discussed the company's stance, but wouldn't directly comment on Cathy's tweet.
"Dan Cathy, like everyone in this country, has his own views. However, Chick-fil-A is focused on providing great-tasting food and genuine hospitality to everyone," Jerry Johnston said.
Later in the day, Johnston reached out to The Huffington Post and confirmed that Cathy did in fact post the above Tweet, and then pulled it, explaining:
"He realizes his views don’t represent the views of all customers, restaurant owners and employees and doesn’t want to distract them from providing a great restaurant experience."
Given the lengths the famed chicken joint has gone to distance itself from any discrimination, it's no surprise he realized that - albeit 10 minutes too late.
Chick-fil-A reiterated that its only mission is to "treat every person with honor, dignity and respect" regardless of "belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender."
We have no doubt this is true. Nevertheless, its CEO has once again linked his restaurant's name to one of the most polarizing political issues around.