Muppets cut ties with Chick-fil-A because of gay rights bigotry

On its Facebook page, The Jim Henson Company’s CEO Lisa Henson says she is a “strong supporter of gay marriage.”

However, Henson’s company formed a partnership with Chick-fil-A at the beginning of summer in order to feature toys in kids’ meals from July until August 2012. Soon after the agreement, Chick-fil-A’s president, Dan McCarthy, announced his opposition to marriage equality because of his religion.

In an interview with The Baptist Press earlier this month, McCarthy said: “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,” said McCarthy.

A report from the LGBT advocacy group Equality Matters said that Chick-fil-A donated more than $3 million from 2003 to 2009 to Christian groups that oppose homosexuality. The company then escalated its donations, giving $2 million to such causes in 2010 alone, according to Equality Matters.

The Company says it will be donating its final residual check from Chick-fil-A to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

via ABC News