CNN PRODUCER NOTE AndrewEB suspects Chick-fil-A's CEO's stance on marriage might be a publicity stunt. He says a business like Chick-fil-A would not want to jeopardize their business and repeat costumers by taking a controversial stance unless they had some other intentions. 'I think businesses won't say something that will great a whole lot of controversy and negative publicity. Unless you know what you are doing and know what to say to turn this into your favor and make huge profits,' he says.
'I think the CEO knew that by playing to the religious right and stating his desire to protect the sanctities of marriage, he would get a lot of support from Christians and conservative politicians who feel that marriage is under attack by the “homosexual agenda” and the “radical left."' he says.
He admits that he is neutral on this topic. But he feels as though the controversy was blown way out of proportion. 'Did the CEO say something stupid? Yes he did, but his speech is protected by the First Amendment, so we really can’t complain,' he says. 'Plus the reaction of the big city mayors who don’t want the chain in their city was pretty, considering they don’t have the power to prevent a Chic-fil-A from opening in they’re city,' he adds.
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer