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

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.

gimmeabreak

July 24th, 2012
12:21 am

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gimmeabreak

July 24th, 2012
12:22 am

Sorry lagging computer and comcast internet.

Richard

July 24th, 2012
12:23 am

“pro-marriage groups”? We are all pro-marriage between two consenting adults. One group wants equal rights. One group wants to stop equal rights.

Amy

July 24th, 2012
12:27 am

Chick-Fil-A has ALWAYS been a Christian owned and operated franchise! Hense, they are closed on Sunday’s! Anyone who is truly a “fan” of theirs would know this, and instead of condemning them, they would be proud to be a “fan”, because even though their views might be different, they would know that the Chick-Fil-A company sticks by their beliefs and values even when it’s not the “popular” thing to do, which is far more admirable than planning a day to spite everyone in the country who doesn’t have the same views as you do.

Julia

July 24th, 2012
12:28 am

I highly doubt that Truitt Cathy or Dan Cathy will lose any sleep over this or even shed a tear. It amazes me that the christian group is bashed for saying their beliefs when the other side is trying to shove it down social media’s throats. Why can they not have their own opinion?

Carol Roberts

July 24th, 2012
12:29 am

I am not at all sure what chicken sandwiches have to do with the rights of gay people to marry, but the Chick-fil-a owners have made this an issue. I am a heterosexual and a Christian, and I believe that God loves everyone, every single person. I also believe that in this country everyone is entitled to equal rights and opportunities. I have gay and lesbian friends, and they are as deserving of the right to marry as I was 42 years ago when I got married. Will this hatred and exclusion ever end? We had to fight for the rights of women and people of color years ago. Now the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people need all of us to stand up for their rights. I will miss those chicken sandwiches.

cynthiam

July 24th, 2012
12:30 am

As usual, the homosexuals can call for a boycott and say they are defending their rights. A conservative Christian stands up for what he believes and they call for his head on a platter! The press proudly waves their flag of double standards yet again! And Richard, they can call homosexuals unions “marriage” all day long, but it does not make it so. I can call my car a Jag, but I still get in an Altima everyday!

The_V

July 24th, 2012
12:32 am

Thanks for the positive comment! :) I personally am a huge supporter of equal marriage rights, but as a privately owned business, Chic-Fil-A (and the owners) are entitled to their opinion. I might not agree with said opinion, but that’s what makes America great. Everyone can have their own opinion, and I’m cool with that as long as it doesn’t harm anyone. As long as no one gets kicked out of the place for being openly gay, I won’t boycott them or anything.

The_V

July 24th, 2012
12:34 am

Not you though, cynthiam. That was rude.

Dave

July 24th, 2012
12:40 am

All those involved with The Jim Henson Company better trade in their stock options. With their strong belief of men marring men and women marring women, there won’t be any children to entertain with their muppets any longer and the company will go broke. And all the parents that do have children will hopefully keep there children from The Jim Henson Companies views………………………….

Rio

July 24th, 2012
12:40 am

Whatever happen with having an opinion? Are we living in Afghanistan?

Kerri

July 24th, 2012
12:42 am

I suppose I would normally applaud any person/group standing up for their beliefs except the type Chick-Fil-A is a part of. I put them on the same par as racist and sexist groups: they’re homophobic and ignorant and sadly this issue is bringing out the worst in people because it’s such a painful controversy: people are being murdered and raped and bullied over it. You can’t just let it slide that it’s their right to have a belief. It’s a very harmful, hateful belief, and not all Christians have it (thank goodness).

Julia

July 24th, 2012
12:43 am

Really Kerri so they are not allowed to have their own opinion?? smh

Kim

July 24th, 2012
12:44 am

I’m going to chic-fil-a FOR LIFE!! And boycotting the muppets…I believe this and you believe that so I’m going to be intolerant to your belief but want you to be tolerant to my belief. HILARIOUS!!!!!

BehindEnemyLines

July 24th, 2012
12:45 am

Made two extra trips to CFA last week in support of the position they’ve taken. Can’t say that I’ll particularly miss the Muppets who’ve been in steady decline for quite some time.

Kim

July 24th, 2012
12:46 am

Haha – Kerri people who believe what God says don’t hate gay people. They love them. Sorry you’re confused.

Kim

July 24th, 2012
12:47 am

Yay Dave – I wish I could like comments posted here!

hello

July 24th, 2012
12:49 am

“to each its own” everyone is entitled to their own beliefs. Grow up muppets!

MyPatootie

July 24th, 2012
12:50 am

That’s OK, Carol Roberts, I will just go 4 times a week now instead of 2 to make up for your asinine choice of not going. This would make Jim Henson and his Muppets, and a lot of you “bigots” for your views against him and his company, if you will look up the definition of the word. I used that word because that is what the LGBTSRVCFETYGRDSCDRSEVVGT crowd usually calls anyone who disagrees with them.

Kerri

July 24th, 2012
12:52 am

Kim, funny way of showing your love. Some Christians actually love gays and accept them into their church and don’t mind their way of life. Being gay is someones choice and some others un-choice and is between them and whatever god they believe in. Opinions are one thing, chasing around gays and bashing them is another and not allowing them to marry should be a crime in this country.

W Tom

July 24th, 2012
12:53 am

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I’m not sure why it was brought into the public arena… As far as I know the owners of chik-fil-a are not running for office. I do whole-heartedly disagree with Dave though… I have a young child and I would feel better about allowing him to see Jim Henson productions because I am interested in him growing into the type of person who accepts others for who they are. People being fearful of muppets is silly quite frankly.

Robin

July 24th, 2012
12:54 am

I think a lot of you are letting your religious beliefs get the better of you. Some of you are seeing Chick-fil-a as some pioneer in the anti-gay rights movement. They may be, but they’re promoting hate. It doesn’t matter how you try to justify it. Personally, I’m an atheist freethinker. If there were an almighty deity, I don’t think he or she would hate anyone. The Jim Henson Company is simply standing up for their beliefs in diversity (yes, diversity) and ending a partnership with a company that doesn’t believe as they do. They aren’t glorifying the gay community. They just believe in equality, and that’s a beautiful thing.

Julia

July 24th, 2012
12:56 am

Robin and SO ARE they.. and why is Chick-Fil-A not allowed to have their opinions?!

Andy

July 24th, 2012
1:00 am

I remain fascinated by the incompetence in discussing this issue. I’ve known for years this was a Christian based organization. I think CFA makes a great product. Apparently for many, this is where the conversation gets “tricky”. While I’m not surprised by Dan Cathy’s statement and his opinion this was been taken a step further. Chick Fil A has donated almost 2 million dollars to highly divisive and anti-gay causes. While the company PR statement is one of inclusion and serving all, their actions, their “donations” are quite the opposite of their statement. In simplest terms, this is corporate sanctioned bigotry in attempt to deny human rights. I can no longer support their “donations”. Ask yourselves what else could have been done with almost 2 million dollars.
Andy

The WinShape Foundation is Chick-fil-A’s charitable arm, created by Chick-fil-A founder and chairman S. Truett Cathy in 1984. WinShape has received a substantial amount of funding from Chick-fil-A: in 2009 alone, WinShape received $7,814,788 from Chick-fil-A Inc. (Winshape 2009 Publicly Available IRS 990 Form via Foundation Center. In 2009 alone, WinShape donated $1,733,699 to multiple anti-gay groups:
• Marriage & Family Legacy Fund: $994,199
• Fellowship Of Christian Athletes: $480,000
• National Christian Foundation: $240,000
• Focus On The Family: $12,500
• Eagle Forum: $5,000
• Exodus International: $1,000
• Family Research Council: $1,000

cuppaYoshi

July 24th, 2012
1:03 am

I applaud Chic Fil A for voicing their opinion, and by applaud I mean a a series of slaps to the owner’s faces creating a sound that is quite joyous to me. I know Chic Fil A will regret this because they will lose so much from this decision once mainstream catches wind of this ignorance, their children will lose out on the familys fortune unless they change stances. Tell the world how you really feel please! Get the response that’s coming to you.

jake

July 24th, 2012
1:03 am

Didn’t the CEO just say that marriage is between a man and a woman?? Isn’t that why the Jim Henson Company is “Taking a stand” against them. I just googled “define marriage” and here’s what it said..mar·riage/ˈmarij/
Noun:
The formal union of a man and a woman, typically recognized by law, by which they become husband and wife.
….Now lets see the Jim Hensen Company take a stand against google and pull everything from Google…yea right

Unbelievable...

July 24th, 2012
1:04 am

Ugh this is really not necessary. Political beliefs should not interfere with business. I for one support Chick-fil-a and their beliefs. It’s not like they said they aren’t going to serve gays food, they were just stating their opinion, which is their God given right. It’s shame that that company is so blinded by their own beliefs that they make irrational business decisions just because Chick-fil-a doesn’t agree with them. Pathetic.

Lisa

July 24th, 2012
1:07 am

Sexual orientation is not a choice. If it were, would those of you who identify as heterosexual say that you want to have sex with people of your own sex but choose to only be involved with people of the opposite sex? You likely cannot even imagine wanting a same sex relationship so how can you call that a choice?
That’s why this issue is not about opinions and choice and is rightly about discrimination. One cannot choose skin color, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

What is a choice is how you treat your body. I just looked at the ghastly ingredients this restaurant chain uses. I’d boycott them on that basis alone- factory farmed chicken grown in antibiotics, MSG and other chemicals. I believe many religions address that we should treat our bodies with respect and care.

BW

July 24th, 2012
1:08 am

I Love Chick-fil-A..Last I remember this is America if you don’t like don’t go. If you stay home its your lose. I drove 32 miles the other day to get a chick-fil-a.

Robin

July 24th, 2012
1:08 am

Julia, I don’t think you understood what I said. Chick-fil-a is promoting hate. The Jim Henson Company is promoting diversity. These are two different things. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Unfortunately, people don’t always agree with opinions. I don’t think that the backlash that they are getting on social media is about their religious beliefs. I think it’s about their complete intolerance for homosexuality and equal rights. I don’t see how anyone could hate another person for their religious beliefs. God and goddesses are typically created to teach their followers to love, so why aren’t Chick-fil-a spreading love? Fortunately, I’m vegan and I’ll never eat at a Chick-fil-a.

Shane

July 24th, 2012
1:15 am

Carol, you are correct. God does love every human being on this planet. Jesus died for all our sins. Just because He loves us does not mean He loves us with all our junk too, hoever. Anyone who reads the Bible will understand that God is a God of judgment as well as love. If the Bible makes a definitive stand against something and people choose to deviate from what the Bible says is right, their actions do not change the Bible. God is God and He can do anything in anyone’s life including deliver anyone from the bonds of homosexuality. We are in the last days, Jesus is coming back soon for a people who have made themselves ready. Repent, be baptized in Jesus’ name and give your life to Him. He will baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire. And what you thought was pleasure (which is only fulfilling for a very short time) is dwarfed be the love, forgiveness, restoration, and true joy God provides through His salvation. No one has ever done anything that God cannot heal of redeem them from. He loves you so much that he left His throne in Heaven and became a man for us. God sent the man Christ Jesus to the cross to die for every sin ever committed to restore a relationship Adam destroyed through the fall; the first sin. God does love all of you out there no matter what your situation. Open your mind to Him and allow Him to soften your hardened heart toward to Him. Allow Him to fill the void you have filled with so many other things and bring you true peace and joy.

Will in Roswell

July 24th, 2012
1:23 am

When Google announced recently that it as a company will begin to promote marriage between homosexual couples, hardly a peep was issued from the national media.  But, when Chick-fil-A’s president expresses his personal views on the subject, homosexuals and their close friends go berserk, and the story is plastered on the front page of all the major newspapers and media channels for days.  What a bunch of hypocrites.  It’s as though this country has gone a long way down the road to Orwell’s “1984″ as well as becoming a country of Sodomites.  To paraphrase a famous line, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to relive it.”

Atlantarama

July 24th, 2012
1:41 am

Even though I’m gay and support gay marriage, Truett Cathy has every right to donate to whatever cause he wants. As long as the restaurant continues to provide high quality food and service, that’s what really matters to me, and I will be their customer.

jake

July 24th, 2012
1:43 am

@ Robin “Chick-fil-a is promoting hate. The Jim Henson Company is promoting diversity” How is Chic-fil-a promoting hate?? Because the CEO said marriage is between a man and a women??? If you ask me the Jim Henson Company is promoting hate and discriminating, the pulled away from Chic-fil-a because they stated there opinion, so sounds like the Jim Henson Company isn’t to good at being diverse. I mean Chik-fil-a was willing to partner with a company that had openly supported gay marriage, so Chic-fil-a seems much more tolerant than the Jim Henson company. Now tell me how I ‘m wrong

jacob

July 24th, 2012
1:43 am

@ Robin “Chick-fil-a is promoting hate. The Jim Henson Company is promoting diversity” How is Chic-fil-a promoting hate?? Because the CEO said marriage is between a man and a women??? If you ask me the Jim Henson Company is promoting hate and discriminating, the pulled away from Chic-fil-a because they stated there opinion, so sounds like the Jim Henson Company isn’t to good at being diverse. I mean Chik-fil-a was willing to partner with a company that had openly supported gay marriage, so Chic-fil-a seems much more tolerant than the Jim Henson company. Now tell me how I ‘m wrong

Julia

July 24th, 2012
1:54 am

Thank you Jake and Jacob… and yes it is a christian company and they donate to christian companies….

ryan

July 24th, 2012
2:34 am

Chic Fil A has a good product and better service than other fast food joints. Their marketing prowess is to be celebrated. I personally support gay marriage but I am not going to stop buying chicken sandwiches because of their political positions. If you take this a step further and look into political donations from major companies you would find many that disagree with you whatever side your on. Linked In primarily supports Democrats but Republicans network there, same with Progressive Insurance and what about Berkshire Hathaway companies like Helzberg or CORT- does that mean GOP consumers should stop shopping at those establishments.

Sometimes we take politics too far- I highly doubt the cashier or salesperson at the local Chic Fil A or Helzberg follows in lock step with their employers idealogies.

Lou

July 24th, 2012
3:29 am

I personally don’t care who marries whom. However, I do care when people are denied the right to express their views. For those who don’t support the views of the CFA company and choose not to eat there, fine. It’s America. However, it’s also America for the Catheys and they have the right to have views, too. Their restaurants welcome all who want to eat there and they happen to run the best fast food business in the country. As for me, I’ll eat there more often now that I know there are people who want to strip them of their rights as citizens.

Jason

July 24th, 2012
6:00 am

Good job Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-a for being obedient to God’s Word even when it is not popular and is not PC. To paraphrase, Jesus told his disciples that they would be persecuted and hated for following Him. Please pray for revival in the land.

bjjsmith

July 24th, 2012
6:17 am

I agree with Chic-fil-A. Truett Cathy started a great Christian Restaurant and I for one am glad to see that they still are for a marriage of a man and a woman. I will continue to patronize this establisment and give them my support.

Colin

July 24th, 2012
6:22 am

Lisa you have just answered your own question, Yes it is a choice and the fact is that you choose not to have a relationship with the same sex. A person can either choose to do something or not to do something. You are also wrong on the skin color. Look outside once and a while and you will see that there are more and more white people that are tanning, why because they would like a darker complexion, or what they call a bronze complexion, so that is choosing your skin color, as far as sexual orientation, when you are born, you know nothing about sex, you don’t start developing a knowledge of what you are and what you want to become until you get older and for the most part the environment around helps you determine what you would want to be. Look at some same sex homes that have children, once the child becomes older they choose whether they want to follow along the same path as their parents and end up gay, or choose a different path and live straight. So no one can say that you are born gay, because that is a load of crap.

The real question is:

July 24th, 2012
6:23 am

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shaggy

July 24th, 2012
6:28 am

I couldn’t care less about anything either of these companies has to say about ANYTHING! PERIOD!
Chik-Fila – Make me a delicious chicken sandwich, and that is all.
Jim Henson – Make your muppets funny, and that is all.

If either fail in those two simple points, I will eat/watch something else, and that id FINAL.
I refuse to go about life worrying about whether some company or celebrity has the required political mantra…REFUSE! If you have what I seek to buy, with MY money, I might buy it, or I might not, based on quality and price, NOT ANYTHING ELSE!

Now go back to your whining.

Bob

July 24th, 2012
6:30 am

Dan Cathy never mentioned “gay marriage” in his interview. As part of a larger interview, he said CFA supports the traditional family. Newspapers are in business to sell newspapers so the headline become ” CFA against gay marriage”.

Ace

July 24th, 2012
6:33 am

Sounds like the Henson corporation company is promoting “hate”: If you don’t agree with our beliefs we won’t buy your products, sounds reasonable (insert eyeroll); maybe the other side should start boycotting all products made by people with differing beliefs

Miss Daisy

July 24th, 2012
6:33 am

I have started eating at Chik-fil-A three times a day and plan on keeping it up.

BubbaDaBaller

July 24th, 2012
6:34 am

Stand for what you believe in is the American way. Privately held Company that is very successful…Take note, you don’t always have to bend to popular pressure…Just keep doing what you’ve been doing…

Im just saying

July 24th, 2012
6:37 am

People need to stop twisting God’s love. Yes. God loves all people. However if you are gay you are going to Hell. Some people should read and study the Bible. Gay people need to repent from their lifestyle just as other sinners including myself need to repent from our sins. Homosexuality is a sin. It has nothing to do with who God loves and doesn’t love. He loves us all but if you don’t repent from your sins, you are going to hell with God loving you.

bob

July 24th, 2012
6:39 am

“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” . when a lefty group declares they want inclusiveness that means they will not tolerate someone else’s position. The Henson company wants diversity by being intolerant and exclusive.