In this undated photo provided by Chick-fil-A shows company president Dan Cathy. It is not entirely clear wether Chick-fil-a has definitely ended its financial support for groups that oppose same-sex unions. But a statement issued by the company Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2012, just months after its chief spoke against gay marriage, indicates it now plans to keep its distance from the more controversial views held by its Southern Baptist owners. (AP Photo/Chick-fil-A, Stanley Leary )
THOMASTON, Ga. (AP) — Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy voiced his support for "Biblical families" in one of his first interviews since his earlier comments caused controversy regarding gay marriage.
Cathy told WXIA-TV in an interview published Wednesday that families are important to "those of us who are concerned about being able to hang on to our heritage."
He added "we support Biblical families, and they’ve always been a part of that."
Cathy made the comments over the weekend at an event at his family’s Georgia ranch.
Cathy set off a furor this summer, when he reaffirmed his opposition to same-sex marriage. Long lines formed outside Chick-fil-A restaurants on an "appreciation day" and opponents countered with "kiss-ins" by same-sex couples.
His father, S. Truett Cathy, started the Atlanta-based company in 1967.