ATLANTA -- The Jim Henson Company hasposted a statement on its Facebook page saying it will not partner with Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A Inc. due to comments made by the restaurant chain's president and COO Dan Cathy that the company is 'guilty as charged" of supporting "the biblical definition of the family unit," the Los Angeles Times reports.
Cathy caught flak from gay-marriage support groupsafter he told Baptist Press - "We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that."
The Los Angeles Times said the Jim Henson Company was providing items that included five build-your-own puppets from Jim Henson's Creature Shop that used pieces punched from meal containers.
The LA Times reported the company known for Muppets, said on its Facebook page: "The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over 50 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."
Coming to Chick-fil-A's support are Christian groups who are encouraging members to support the restaurant, and Fox News talk show host Mike Huckabee. The former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate has proclaimed Aug. 1 "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day."
Chick-fil-A's strong stand on Christian and family values has not hurt its business. It recently was named the No. 10 fastest growing American retailer with sales at its 1,615 stores having jumped 13.1 percent to $4 billion in 2011.