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Chick-fil-A's Cathy pulls gay marriage tweet

ATLANTA -- Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy started to say something on Twitter about same-sex marriage shortly after the landmark Supreme Court ruling Wednesday, then apparently changed his mind, but not before it was seen across the internet.

Not long after the high court's decision was handed down Wednesday morning, Cathy, no stranger to controversy, tweeted, "Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies."

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Cathy later deleted the tweet, but not before it was retweeted and ended up at the center of an online firestorm.

Chick-fil-A issued a statement late Wednesday which said it was more concerned with providing "great tasting food and genuine hospitality to everyone," but pointed out that Cathy has his own personal views. 

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They went on to say that Cathy pulled his tweet offline because "he realized his views didn't necessarily represent the views of all customers, restaurant owners and employees and didn't want to distract them from providing a great restaurant experience."

The company was embroiled in controversy in June, 2012, after Cathy made statements regarding his opposition to gay marriage. Cathy's comments came on the heels of reports of the WinShape Foundation, a charitable foundation operated by the Cathy family, having made donations to organizations that actively oppose gay rights.

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Large scale boycotts against Chick-fil-A by individuals and groups in support of gay marriage were met by other individuals and groups opposing same-sex marriage, which culminated in the large-scale Chick-fil-A Day event last August, in which supporters of Chick-fil-A converged on the chain's locations to eat there on that day.

A protest event by gay marriage supporters - called a "kiss-in" -- was held at Chick-fil-A locations later in August.

College students at a number of schools across the nation boycotted campus locations, and in some instances, forced the locations to close.

Chick-fil-A later released a statement noting that they did not and would not condone discrimination against any person, in any form, and reiterating an earlier statement, they said that "going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena."

In September 2012, civil rights advocacy group The Civil Rights Agenda, announced that Chick-fil-A had ended donations to organizations that promote discrimination "specifically against LGBT civil rights."