Chick-fil-A's CEO, Dan Cathy, said in 2012 Chick-fil-A believed marriage to be between a man and a woman, citing the family's Christian beliefs. Cathy's comments set off a boycott by individuals angered by his comments and a stream of support from those who backed Cathy and Chick-fil-A.
Chick-fil-A did not respond Monday to a request by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for comment.
Other Twitter users came to the defense of Dorsey and Chick-fil-A, saying there was nothing wrong with eating at the fast food restaurant.
On Monday, customers at the Chick-fil-A on Ashford Dunwoody Road in Atlanta were asked about the situation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Most were not aware of Dorsey’s tweet, but they said they saw a difference between the views of Chick-fil-A’s CEO and the popular fast food chain.
“We’ve known that Chick-fil-A people don’t support gay people or whatever, and I mean, that’s your choice,” patron Christy Lewis said. “If I want to come here and eat, then I’m going to come and eat.”
“If it’s quality food, quality service, that’ll trump the beliefs of an individual in my mind,” Chick-fil-A customer Kevin Harris said.
Dorsey appeared to express regret for the decision Sunday, responding to a reply to his original tweet, saying he “completely forgot about [Chick-fil-A’s] background.”
Chick-fil-A, which has 2,100 total locations, made nearly $8 billion in total revenue in 2016. The company averaged $4.4 million of revenue per location in 2016, the highest average sales per unit of an American fast food restaurant, according to QSR Magazine.