'Muppets' creators sever ties with Chik-fil-A following gay marriage declaration

7:56 AM, Jul 24, 2012   |    comments
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The Jim Henson Co. announced on Monday that it will be severing ties with Chick-fil-A.

The announcement comes about a week after Chick-fil-A president, Dan Cathy, revealed to the Baptist Press that the fast-food chain supported the "biblical definition of the family unit".

"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 Jim Henson Co. had been working with Chick-fil-A to create products for children's meals, according to the L.A.Times.

But, on Monday, the entertainment company known for producing childhood favorites like the "Muppets" and "Fraggle Rock", posted the following message on their 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" (an advocacy group for lesbian, gay and transgender people).

Despite the loss of the Jim Henson Co. and widespread public criticism for his open support of the "traditional" family unit, Cathy vowed that Chick-fil-A will stick to their guns, "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."


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