Henson Company breaks off relationship with Chick-Fil-A over gay marriage stance

The Jim Henson Company has announced via it’s Facebook page that it no longer wishes to partner with Chick-Fil-A because Henson’s company supports gay marriage.

The Huffington Post:

“… on Friday, the Jim Henson Company posted the following statement to their Facebook page:”

“The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors. Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD. (http://www.glaad.org/)”

“With this, The Jim Henson Company joins the ranks of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who has vowed to block Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant in the city, office star Ed Helms who tweeted that the chain had “lost a loyal fan,” and the countless individuals who have taken to social media to voice disapproval, including those planning a National Same Sex Kiss Day on August 3, in condemning the Chick-Fil-A’s CEO’s opposition to same sex marriage. “

A fan site reports that Chick-Fil-A kids meals were featuring a Jim Henson Creature Shop make-your-own puppet toy from mid July to Aug. 18th.

How do you feel about  Chick-Fil-A’s stance on gay marriage? Does it influence your decision to buy your food there either way? If you are offended, it is hard to give it up? (That is some yummy chicken.) Do you think the owners should stop talking about their views?

(I know this is a polarizing issue but please try to stay polite and discuss it like adults. No name calling please.)

1,331 comments Add your comment

Tychus Findlay

July 24th, 2012
8:49 am

Do we really want to live in a world where people don’t do business with other people because they have different world views? That’s pretty much what the LGBT community has decided. CFA never refused anyone service over their socioeconomic ethos.

What??

July 24th, 2012
8:50 am

Exactly how many people have died in the name of religion? Yeah, I’m sure that’s what God had in mind. Enjoy hell bigots.

Tau

July 24th, 2012
8:50 am

Carol Roberts, Chick fil a did not make this an issue. They were quoted at a religious organization about their beliefs. They stated their beliefs. Chick fil a did not make this an issue. I hear what you are saying, but this whole battle is spiritual. God speaks clearly in the Bible about marriage and the union of a man and woman. As a Christian, you understand that the basis of marriage was to procreate and teach, protect and provide. This is why God demanded marriage between a man and woman. Same sex marriage does not provide for procreation. “Unions” and adulterous relationships do not provide the grounds to teach, provide and protect because the commit to endure is not there.

Chick fil a did not make this an issue. If expressing ones beliefs is making it an issue, God help us.

The funny thing also is that the company never said it hated anyone, wouldn’t serve anyone or even openly funded groups fighting against anyone. It only stated that, as Christian men and women, they took a biblical view on how to run their business and they hold to the Word of God.

Now, as a Christian, I cannot tell God what I want him to do. Also, Chick fil a’s belief system does not infringe on any gay couples living in the U.S. No one is forcing gays to eat at Chick fil a. They can, if they want, just opt not to eat there.

Do you have the same feelings about Muslim companies? They hate gays and in Muslim countries, execute openly gay citizens…. If a woman has sex outside of marriage, even if raped, she will probably be killed after her trial. Do you have the same feelings when you frequent a Muslim owned company?

As a Christian, God speaks clearly on his concept of marriage and union between two people. Never, in God’s Word, does he promote gay unions. I have to lean on that as my basis.

I have gay friends also. I love em. Their decision is their decision.

Adolph Hitler

July 24th, 2012
8:50 am

The Nazis should be applauded for standing by their beliefs, just like the pro-gay people are doing. Whether you agree with the pro-gay groups or pro-Arian groups there is no difference here. Two groups standing up for their beliefs like they should. But for me…make that an all white city with everyone hating anyone who is different.

“gimmeabreak

July 24th, 2012
12:20 am”

“Chick-fil-a should be applauded for standing by their beliefs, just like the pro-gay people are doing. Whether you agree with the pro-gay groups or pro-marriage groups there is no difference here. Two groups standing up for their beliefs like they should. But for me…make that a number one with sweet tea.”

jj

July 24th, 2012
8:50 am

Why is it that if I agree with your position I am “enlightened” and if I disagreed I am full of “Hate”? I am not gay and do not agree with everything they stand for but I can’t think of a single gay person I know that I hate. I am not Black and do not agree with everything they stand for and I can’t think of a single Black person I know that I hate. And on and on………..
CFA is and has always been Christian, is anyone surprised by this position?? Must have been a slow news day.

zeke

July 24th, 2012
8:50 am

I guess I will have to go to Chick-fil-a every day to counter the blatant morons who think homosexuals are normal! There is NOTHING NORMAL ABOUT HOMOSEXUALS! I do not hate the people, they are just lost! I do hate the lifestyle because it is perverted! I love Levis and especially Dockers clothing. But, when Levis pulled their 100 year support from the Boy Scouts because the Boy Scouts refused to change their stand against morally unacceptable behavior, I stopped buying them, and, have not since! I think Levis either went bankrupt or had to sell out, didn’t they? Anyway, I SUPPORT CHICK-FIL-A 100%. Mr. Cathy did not say that they would not hire or discriminate against homosexuals, only that he did not believe in or support pervert unions being defined as marriage!

SBinF

July 24th, 2012
8:50 am

What confuses me is how Cathy is supporting the biblical definition of marriage. Didn’t Abraham have 3 wives and several concubines? Is that what Cathy is advocating??

breasonable

July 24th, 2012
8:51 am

Good bye Burt, Ernie, Cookie Monster. Why can’t you be more “tolerant” instead of heterophobic?

Fidlin1

July 24th, 2012
8:51 am

In support of the Gay rights advocates I have decided to show my support by not eating at any Chic-Fil- A on Sundays.

gatorbait12

July 24th, 2012
8:51 am

I don’t understand the big deal with what Chick-Fil-A has got the gay community so upset about. If anyone believes that this is going to hurt what they stand for then you really have a more issues then you think. If there were more companies regardless of what they sell and promote would come out and be honest as CFA has no telling who would jump off the band wagon. Once it all dies down you will see the same people eating @ Chick-Fil-A as was before they will come out the closet just as much !! God Bless everyone !

David

July 24th, 2012
8:51 am

Good for him, and Dan Cathy the Chik-fil-a franchise will be better off without Jim Henson and his liberal influence.

Pickle Sniffers

July 24th, 2012
8:52 am

Good! Never liked The Muppets anyway!!

Speed Racer

July 24th, 2012
8:52 am

@Business First — Can’t really have an intelligent debate via blog comments but I do want to say that while, yes, Christ walked among the sinners, that does not mean he condoned their sin. And, to say that Dan Cathy has “spewed hatred” by expressing his disgreement with homosexuality is way over the top, don’t you think?

Big Al

July 24th, 2012
8:53 am

This makes me want Chick-fil-A for breakfast, lunch and supper! Congrats to Chick-fil-A for taking a stand instead of riding the fence or dancing around the subject. Don’t back down!

BlondeHoney

July 24th, 2012
8:53 am

Well, TWG, I see you’ve attracted all the, ahem, posters from Kyle’s blog today. Nice job. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and to express it, and everyone is equally entitled to disagree with said opinion. And this is not a political issue at all, it’s a issue of equal rights. My gay friends should have the right to be just as miserably married (no sex, nagging, spouse let themselves go, etc) as my miserably married straight friends :) Please don’t drag your religion into the conversation; bad form to let ONE religion determine what ALL can do.

I'm Confused

July 24th, 2012
8:53 am

Why are owners being asked their views on SAME SEX MARRIAGE??? What does it have to do with Muppets or Chicken??? NOTHING. America is the Land of the Free. People don’t need to all have the same beliefs and they never will! It is wrong to judge anyone based on their beliefs!!!

Kim S.

July 24th, 2012
8:53 am

Bottom line: This is America and EVERYONE is entitiled to their opinion. Whether you agree with it or not is entitled to the individual and you shouldn’t be penalized for what you believe in. If the Henson Company decided to pull out of the agreement based on Cathy’s beliefs they’re only hurting themselves. That being said, if you’re gay or lesbian and don’t eat there, again, you’re only hurting yourselves. I have friends that are gay and lesbian and their sexual preference is their business, not mine and just because I don’t believe like they do doesn’t give me the right to condemn them. They’re my friends and I love them and pray for them. Judge not lest ye be judged.

Saul Good

July 24th, 2012
8:53 am

Actually straight talk (homophobe perhaps?)… the MAJORITY of those polled SUPPORT same sex marriage. When those 18-29 are polled… it’s over 70% that support gay marriage…THAT is our future. THEY are the ones who will vote, and create the new laws that do away with the bigotry, hate, and division of other humans that you still embrace.

Tom

July 24th, 2012
8:53 am

Google or Bing (I mean, those of you who haven’t stopped using Google or Bing over Google’s ‘Legalize Love’ campaign or MicroSoft’s endorsement of same-sex marriage in the State of Washington)…the phrase “ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance”.

jsmooth

July 24th, 2012
8:53 am

Kudos to Chick Fil A and Dan Cathy! I mean, what in the name of beef did you guys expect? I applaud this stand of courage and principle. God’s design for marriage is in the Bible as a union of a Man and Woman only! Read it for yourself. Dan did not make this up and neither did I. Too bad all of the so-called christians who comment here do not read their Bible or bother to understand it’s text. It is not about ONLY loving your neighbor, it is about understanding and standing on God’s Word

Seriously?

July 24th, 2012
8:54 am

@ Carol Roberts — No, Chick-fil-a did not make this an issue. The interviewer did. That person asked about how Dan Cathy how he felt about gay marriage and a truthful answer was given. Mr. Cathy never said they would not serve homosexuals nor did he say he hated them, he just said he doesn’t agree with gay marriage. That’s it. What’s really funny about all this is all these so-called “tolerant” people behaving rather intolerant toward people who take a stand for their own personal beliefs. It really baffles the mind that only one particular group is allowed to have an opinion but the rest of us better keep our mouths shut. As a Christian, yes, we should love everybody since that’s what Jesus did and taught. Homosexuality is just as much a sin as lying, stealing, cheating, and killing. Christ can forgive if asked, but it does not make the act of sin o.k. and as a Christian, you should know better. You people are mistaking a statement of belief for a statement of hatred and that is NOT the case here. I have family who is in a “civil union” and I adore them because they are precious to me, but they also know what I believe and where I stand. It is not for me to be the Judge (because one day we will all stand in judgement for what we have done), but it is necessary to stand firm in my beliefs just as Dan Cathy has done regardless of the outcome. I applaud him for being a man and taking a stand on something he believes in and not conforming to the whims and minds of this world just because it is the popular “modern” belief of the time.

Roberto

July 24th, 2012
8:54 am

The very first post and bob @ 0639 sums it up perfectly.

I have known Mr. Cathy for over 40 years. There is no more kind and decent man in America, if not the world.

Next on the hit list will be Edwards Pies. “The best meals end and begin with prayer.”

Skitty Fritty

July 24th, 2012
8:55 am

It is ok to have your opinion as long as it supports Gays. This was Dan Cathy’s opinion. He did not speak for CFA. What a double standard. This makes me want to boycott Boston & the Muppetts because they don’t respect other’s opinions.

Tom

July 24th, 2012
8:55 am

Saul, conservative commentator/columnist Charles Krauthammer says ten years from now the same-sex marriage issue will be resolved anyway.

a_mom

July 24th, 2012
8:56 am

It gets under my skin when groups spout the “inclusive” & “diversity” line, but they have ZERO tolerance for and will not include any others who have diversity of thought! It sounds like Chik-fil-a is much more tolerant because they were willing to partner with the Muppets in spite of their pro-gay marriage views, but Muppets won’t tolerate Chik-fil-a’s pro-traditional marriage views.

I believe the Cathys have every right to hold their own traditional beliefs, which most in America also hold. They have an outstanding product and the best service in the fast food industry. They do not discriminate against hiring gays or serving them in their restaurants.

Who would’ve ever thought it would one day be considered radical to support traditional marriage between a man and a woman?!

We’re getting to a dangerous turning point in America where the liberals are so vehemently opposed to anyone even stating an opposing view. Isn’t this America? Founded on freedom of speech ability to have opposing viewpoints? Or are we becoming Middle East, where the Taliban punishes any who dare think or speak out with a different opinion?

Mike

July 24th, 2012
8:56 am

I am gay and have no problem with Dan Cathy stating what he believes. I am still going to eat at Chik-Fil-A. Now, if he had stated he didn’t want to have gay people patronizing their stores, then I would probably not continue to be a customer. If others want to boycott them, then that is their right to do so; however, just because I am gay, I do not have to particpate just because another gay person or gay rights proponent said I should. We are all entitled to our beliefs. Sorry to have to break it to you, but there probably isn’t another person on earth that shares all of your beliefs.
Until every business owner, stockholder and board member comes out and tells everyone their stance on gay marriage, this boycott just looks silly.

Roekest

July 24th, 2012
8:57 am

All this BS makes me like Chick-fil-a more. When most companies cower to the angry mobs, they hold their ground and stand firm with their beliefs. And in the end, does it matter? They serve a great product with great customer care. That’s their business, and they do it extraordinarily well. Who cares what their personal beliefs are? Operative word being “personal”.

Chuck Allison

July 24th, 2012
8:57 am

I appreciate you informing us of Henley’s muppets being an advocate for deviate sexual behavior. We really need to know which organizations are against our children. CFA shouldn’t have been involved with them in the first place. There are plenty of decent organizations who provide a similar service.

Rusty Card

July 24th, 2012
8:57 am

Gay marriage is a biological and sociological impossibility. Marriage has evelved to provide protection and nurturing for the offspring of a given couple who have pair-bonded and feel a bonding with their progeny. You can call a zebra a horse … but that does not make it a horse.

Support free speech and ChikFA

July 24th, 2012
8:57 am

Also, Chik-Fil-A isn’t discriminating against any group of people; they serve everyone. They are free to voice thier opinion. If you want their food, fine; if you don’t fine. Gays, stop politicizing everything!

And lastly, standing up for our beliefs as a Christian, or just our take on the human body (man/woman), doesn’t make one a “homophobe.” No one’s “afriad” of homosexuals; that’s a misnomer. NOR do we have “hidden homosexual feelings” (WTF!). So stop the rhetoric.

RichardmissedSundaySchool

July 24th, 2012
8:57 am

@Richard and ALL of the “them-theys” (my personal derogatory term): “One group wants to stop equal rights.”????? It never began that way. God created a woman for the man.
Homosexuals marrying is NOT equal to God’s word for a Man to marry a Woman and be fruitful with children. You can’t compare Man+Woman = FAMILY to man+man /woman+woman….yuck!
Did you not get that part? What did you interpret from that chapter in Genesis?

Have an awesome week EVERYONE…..
P.S. Richard, THAT’S an equal statement for you.

Truitt Cathy

July 24th, 2012
8:57 am

Good for CFA. Interracial marrage is an abomination and should be banned!!

Ms. Progress

July 24th, 2012
8:57 am

What everybody fails to mention is that Jesus Christ preached goodness, tolerance and non-condemnation of those whose lifestyle was not acceptable to them. The so-called Christians who preach the opposite of what Jesus preached and practiced should refrain from calling themselves Christians. Shame on all who condemn sexual diversity. They are not Christians, merely bigots who have created their own version of “Christianity.”

SBinF

July 24th, 2012
8:58 am

Gosh, it’s going to just burn you all up when legal gay marriage is the law of the land in a few years.

I imagine you all stomping yourselves out of existence, a la Rumpelstiltskin.

james

July 24th, 2012
8:58 am

i dont see anybody opposing equal rights..stay on point…..i see people standing for their freedoms and rights..if you dont want a delicious chic filet …then go somewhere else…why are some of you making this about hate….
majority of country doesnt want to call it marriage..so change the name. have the same rights and benefits…i dont care..
embrace diversity doesnt make you better or more right….i see being tolerant needs to be on both sides
@im just saying..do you take the bible literally…you make christians look bad..please dont speak for God. youre the reason why people get extreme on comments from both sides..
go live your life and live under your religion, but dont come preaching to me….
and all you cool people who support gay mariage..dont push your beliefs on the rest of the country and then spout out “hate” when its convenient because majority of the folks dont want to change the laws just to appease you

Mateo

July 24th, 2012
8:58 am

OH. MY. GOD. I can’t believe anyone would think that being gay is a “choice”! Yeah people choose to be beaten to DEATH, choose to be bullied and subjugated their entire lives. People that think that obviously have never met a gay person or don’t know which of their friends is gay. Homosexuality is not a “trend”, it has been around for thousands of years. The only choice here is whether you will believe in a God of love or intolerance and fear.

Blade

July 24th, 2012
8:59 am

All he’s doing is just stating what what the bible says a marriage is between a man and a woman. Eph 5:31 I don’t understand why their making such a big deal about this.

Cayce

July 24th, 2012
8:59 am

The problem is not that they’ve always been a Christian business. Most people know this. The problem is when they decided to make their beliefs on this topic part of their public image. I don’t know how McDonald’s feels about gay marriage. I don’t know how Burger King feels about it either. I was fine to let them be who they were until they made a public stand about something that has absolutely nothing to do with chicken. When they decided to do that, they lost me.

Others are happy with the decision and want to “eat mor chicken.” Fine. That’s the American way.

Michael

July 24th, 2012
9:00 am

I think people are really missing the point on this. Chik-fil-A and it’s executives have every right to believe in whatever they want and every gay person and gay supporter does too. If you share the same beliefs as Chik-fil-A then you can support them, if not, then you have the right to voice your opposition. This is America and you have a choice. Everyone has a voice Christian, Atheist, Muslim, gay, straight, black, white, etc. and you don’t have to agree with your neighbor, but you should be able to be tolerant of their viewpoint. If you don’t agree, then agree to disagree and leave them alone, don’t try to push your belief onto them, either side. I am not a supporter of Chik-fil-A because I disagree with their position, but they can have every right to believe what they do. I just don’t think they should be out there trying to openly or covertly support an agenda monetarily that discriminates against a particular group. People may think that is not discrimination, but it is. We continue to muddy up the definition of civil marriage vs. religious marriage. While I agree that religious marriage is defined between a man and woman under God, I believe that a civil marriage should be defined as two partners who love each other and have committed to share a household under the state and are extended the same rights and benefits under the law. While we were founded a Christian nation and established our laws based on that, we have grown over time to be much more than just Christian and need to be aware of that in the way that we treat all of our citizens.

Emjay

July 24th, 2012
9:01 am

Never heard of Jim Henson company. But now a fan of Chick-Fil-A

Rob

July 24th, 2012
9:01 am

I hear Wendy’s hates people who have turtles as pets….

Big Al

July 24th, 2012
9:01 am

I just cut ties with The Jim Henson Company! And my BFF in Mississippi says that goes for her too!

Kim S.

July 24th, 2012
9:01 am

Thank you, Tau! :)

Time4Bama

July 24th, 2012
9:02 am

Way to go Chick-fil-a! Stand up for what is right. Chick-fil-a and the Boy Scouts will take a hit for doing what is right but Christ said following him will not be easy in this world From President Obama to the muppets, they are againstthe Word of GOD. If only other the accepted evils of society could be taken reversed.

james

July 24th, 2012
9:02 am

im boycottng this blog because its gay…

Techmom

July 24th, 2012
9:02 am

TWG – congratulations on such a polarizing blog. 9am and over 326 comments already. I doubt anyone is actually reading everyone’s comments at this point though so I’ll catch up with your next blog tomorrow.

ole dawg

July 24th, 2012
9:04 am

God destroyed Sodom and Gemorrah because of his displeasure with their sinful lives and disregard for him. How much longer will God spare the USA? I applaud the Chick-Fil-A chain. I don’t necessarily like their food that much but I will take my family there more often and support their position. Love the sinner but not the sin! Take a stand against groups that are not tolerant of the Christian viewpoint. Good bye Muppets.

james

July 24th, 2012
9:05 am

i heard CFA cooks the gay chickens first

Steve Dawn

July 24th, 2012
9:05 am

It’s belief in superstitions like gods, and following the false ideas conjured by men, illiterate preachers, wandering around the dessert two thousand years ago that modern people still cling to that this hatred continues. The Cathy’s are being fed exactly what they want… publicity. And they are attracting just the kind of bigoted customers they are after by stirring this controversy. They are closed minded and that’s the kind of simple minded customers that they desire. I nor my family will give one more cent to these bigots.

GLAAD i'm hetero

July 24th, 2012
9:05 am

Boycotts are gay.