THE ROCK, Ga. -- In one of his first interviews since the controversy that surrounded his chain of restaurants, Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy did not say much -- but did mention his support for "Biblical families."
Cathy spoke with 11Alive's Matt Pearl this past Saturday at an event at the Cathy family's ranch, The Rock Ranch, in The Rock, Ga. While offering an interview about the ranch and its various fall events, the Chick-fil-A president did agree to answer a few questions about the major topic of conversation: his earlier statements this summer about gay marriage.
Back in July, Cathy told the Baptist Press the company stands "guilty as charged" for its stand on Biblical and family values. "We are very much supportive of the family -- the Biblical definition of the family unit," he said. "We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that."
This past weekend, Cathy sidestepped questions about the controversy but did reiterate the company's devotion to families.
"Families are very important to our country," Cathy said. "And they're very important to those of us who are concerned about being able to hang on to our heritage.
"We support Biblical families, and they've always been a part of that."
Recently, Chick-fil-A released a statement on its same-sex marriage stand, saying the company's corporate giving has been "mischaracterized."