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Chick Fil-Fil-A founder Truett Cathy died today at the age of 93.

Though he pulled himself up from poverty to found one of the most successful fast food chains in America, Cathy may end up being best remembered for the controversies that resulted in part from his conservative religious beliefs.

Truett Cathy Photo

Though the company was being operated by Truett's son Dan at the time, the Chick-Fil-A gay marriage controversy of 2012 resulted in boycotts and public outcries against the iconic brand.

Chick-Fil-A was even banned by the city of Boston as a result of Dan Cathy's admission that he was opposed to gay marriage.

Truett had long since handed over the reins and adopted the honorary title of chairman emeritus, but many credited his fundamentalist religious beliefs (all Chick-Fil-A locations are closed on Sundays) with laying the groundwork for the marriage rights dust-up.

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Diehard fans of Duck Dynasty are planning to display their loyalty by holding a day of appreciation for Phil Robertson at their local Chick-fil-A franchises.

According to the Chick-Phil-A Day Facebook page, Phil Robertson fans are encouraged to wear their "Duck Commander or camouflage gear" to lunch.

The January 21 event planned to "stand for free speech" and "sit for good food" has over 24,000 likes and 60,000 listed attendees since its announcement.

  • Phil Robertson Pic
  • Chick-fil-A Logo

Robertson has been the target of a media firestorm since making comments on gays and gay sex in a GQ magazine interview earlier this month.

The scandal led to his "indefinite suspension" from A&E.

Despite the apparent appropriateness of the location, the Southern-based fast food chain is already working to distance itself from Chick-Phil-A Day.

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Chick-fil-A wants to treat its loyal customers to a free breakfast.

The chain is debuting a "Breakfast On Us" promotion September 9-14 in which people are invited to enjoy one complementary entree at participating locations.

As long as you make a reservation online, it's on the house!

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Among the breakfast recipes now offered at Chick-fil-A:

  • Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuit
  • Spicy Chicken Biscuit
  • Sausage Biscuit
  • Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Minis (three-count)
  • Chicken, Egg & Cheese Bagel
  • Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit
  • Chicken Breakfast Burrito
  • Sausage Breakfast Burrito
  • Oatmeal
  • Yogurt Parfait

Reservations will be accepted until September 13 or until all slots are filled. According to reports, some chain locations have already reached capacity.

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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.

D. Cathy Tweet

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.

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Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s controversial comments on gay marriage last year did little to dampen the fast food chain's sales. On the contrary:

The company ended 2012 with $4.6 billion in sales, up 14 percent from $4.1 billion a year earlier, and it opened 96 news stores, four more than 2011.

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The company does not have to publicize its finances because it is privately owned, but made those figures available to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Supporters of Cathy’s views against gay marriage and his right to express them hailed the numbers as a victory in light of efforts to boycott the chain.

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As if Mario Lopez won't be suffering enough this fall by standing alongside Khloe Kardashian on The X Factor stage, the TV personality can't even crave a chicken sandwich these days without receiving flak!

The Extra host has found himself at the center of controversy do the following, recently-sent Tweet:

Why does it seem like I always crave Chick-Fil-A on Sundays?? #Frustrating.

  • Mario Lopez, Baby
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In response, gay right advocate Dan Savage lashed out at the man who made A.C. Slater and colorful tanktops famous on Saved by the Bell.

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Chick-fil-A says it will stop funding anti-gay groups, according to Chicago's Joe Moreno, the alderman whose opposition of a proposed Chick-fil-A on the Windy City's north side helped fuel the controversy surrounding the fast food chain.

The company has pledged to include a statement of respect for all sexual orientations in a memo to staffers and says that WinShape Foundations, its not-for-profit arm, would no longer contribute money to groups that oppose gay marriage.

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A memo, "Chick-fil-A: Who We Are," will be distributed to all employees and restaurant operators, encouraging them to "treat every person with honor, dignity and respect, regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender."

In a letter to Moreno, the company said WinShape is "taking a much closer look at the organizations it considers helping, and in that process will remain true to its stated philosophy of not supporting organizations with political agendas."

Since 2003, it has donated millions to groups that promote "traditional marriage," such as Focus on the Family and the National Organization for Marriage.

According to the Civil Rights Agenda, a Chicago-based LGBT advocate, Chick-fil-A execs "clarified that they will no longer give to anti-gay organizations."

The firestorm over the popular restaurant began this summer when Dan Cathy, its President and COO, said unequivocally that he opposes gay marriage.

The comments sparked boycotts, which in turn led to a Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day fueled by supporters. Conan also devised a hilarious new mascot for the chain.

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Breaking up is hard to do, but sometimes, things change and you have to move on. So says D.L. Hughley in calling it quits with Chick-fil-A.

The comedian penned a letter to The Huffington Post confirming the split, saying he and the chain are "growing in two different directions."

Mainly on account of Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy's stance against gay marriage, of course. Here's what Hughley had to say about it...

D.L. Hughley and Chick-fil-A

Hughley said he felt forced to "choose between my heart and my stomach," but had no choice, since "baby, lately you've been doing me dirty."

"You've been speaking with a forked tongue, spewing hate instead of frying love," the comedian deadpanned ... Ed Helms would surely agree.

"Who would have thought a chicken sandwich would become a symbol for both free speech and intolerance at the same time?"

While supporting Chick-fil-A's boss' right to believe and vote how he pleases, Hughley lamented Cathy's use of Bible verses to make his point.

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Whatever side you're on in the ongoing Chick-fil-A controversy, or how you feel about same sex marriage, we can all agree on one thing:

The dude in this video sucks.

Some douchebag big shot - a former corporate CFO and lecturer whose name we haven't posted here - apparently thought he'd make some grand political statement about the chain's controversial stance on gay marriage.

All he ended up doing was harassing some poor girl working the Chick-fil-A drive-thru, though. She deserves credit for conducting herself with such poise, and proving that no matter what you believe, an a$$hole is an a$$hole.

Watch the spectacular activism fail at the Tucson, Ariz., store below:

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Last week, Conan O'Brien unveiled Chaz the Intolerant Chicken, a new mascot for fast food company Chick-fil-A to use after a key sponsor, The Jim Henson Company, cut ties with them following management's anti-gay marriage comments.

Wednesday, with the story going full steam - it was Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, in which fans and conservative figures like Sarah Palin threw their support behind the embattled restaurant chain - Chaz returned to Conan's TBS show.

Spoiler alert: Chaz is narrow-minded and enjoys innuendo.

Watch and listen to their frank, NSFW dialogue below ...

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