02 July 2015

Americans Loved This Anti-Gay Fast Food

Chick-fil-A is Still Anti-Gay
The scions of Forbes rich list stalwart S. Truett Cathy (net worth: US$ 6.2 billion) has always been very vocal against same-sex marriage and people love them for that. More specifically, they love Chick-fil-A's food and service.

In 2012, Truett’s son Dan Cathy, Chick-fil-A’s CEO, told the Baptist Press he was “guilty as charged” in his support of what he described as traditional marriage.

"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. ... We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that," Cathy emphasized.

"We intend to stay the course," he said. "We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles."

And because of that stance, Chick-fil-A continues to gain more support and clients. According to the latest customer satisfaction survey from the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), the chicken chain was voted as the country’s favorite fast food establishment.

The company scored an 86, the highest ever rating for a company in the quick service category. and a strong showing for a first-time competitor. Chipotle came in second place with a score of 83, while Panera came in third.

Last year’s favorite, Papa John’s, fell five percentage points to fifth place. (Guess the Frito’s pizza wasn’t enough to wow consumers.)

"The fast casual segment of quick service restaurants is nicely situated for the confluence of changing consumer tastes and a rebounding economy," ACSI director David VanAmburg said in a statement. "Consumers have a bit more money in their pockets, but are still pressed for time. Fast casual outlets offer higher-quality ingredients, freshness and fast service – all at a reasonable price."

For the sixth year in a row McDonald’s, which has been struggling to turn around slumping sales, came in last out of the 17 brands ranked.

Other newcomers in the ranking, like Arby’s and Jack In The Box, didn't fare as well as Chick-fil-A, with scores of 74 and 72 respectively. Jack In The Box came in just one point above McDonald’s.

The fast food chain’s in-your-face Christian values weren’t exactly news even then. Forbes ran a story on The Cult of Chick-fil-A in 2007 and its stores close on Sunday to allow workers to attend church.