Chick-fil-A clearly needs a better publicist. And better owners. The fast-food outlet has come under heavy criticism (and rightly so) this week for their anti-gay stance, which owner Dan Cathy simply justified by saying, “Guilty as charged.” But now, the restaurant’s PR team has obviously been hard at work trying to figure out exactly how they were going to recover from that doozy of a statement, and so they issued this lame “apology” on Facebook:
The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 Restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.
Hooray. Chick-fil-A now accepts gay people. Or at least they promise not to openly hate them.
They went on to say that, although they will not turn any gays or lesbians away, they will continue to operate under biblical principles (which is how they justified their homophobic stance in the first place):
Chick-fil-A is a family-owned and family-led company serving the communities in which it operates. From the day Truett Cathy started the company, he began applying biblically-based principles to managing his business. For example, we believe that closing on Sundays, operating debt-free and devoting a percentage of our profits back to our communities are what make us a stronger company and Chick-fil-A family.
Our mission is simple: to serve great food, provide genuine hospitality and have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.
In other words, they still don’t approve of your gay lifestyle and will probably still continue to give money to anti-gay foundations, but they will be happy to take your money and give you some lemonade.