By Kelly Newson
It’s one thing to oppose gay marriage personally, but when you incorporate your personal beliefs into your business decisions — that’s just bad business. Now that the CEO of Chick-Fil-A has come out against gay marriage, The Jim Henson Company has severed their partnership with the chain.
The Jim Henson Company made this statement on their Facebook page, “The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty 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.” (http://www.glaad.org/)
With this, The Jim Henson company has joined the likes of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino who has vowed to block Chick-Fil-A from opening a restaurant in the city. Many others have voiced their opinion over Chick-Fil-A’s stance via social media. Many of whom were loyal supporters of the chain and are now planning a National Same Sex Kiss day on August 3. People such as Mike Huckabee have voiced approval of Chick-Fil-A’s stance and is calling for an appreciation day for the chain. From the look of things this battle is far from over but this goes to show things can get ugly when personal beliefs are involved in business decisions.