The Baptist family that owns Chick-fil-A, an Atlanta-based fast-food chain with stores in 38 states and the District of Columbia, for years has given millions of dollars to groups fighting same-sex marriage and supporting heterosexual ones.
Small protests against its position have swelled and receded in the past couple of years, but the battle recently has spilled into the halls of city governments and the presidential campaign. Even the Muppets are involved.
....Alderman Proco Moreno of Chicago said this week that he would not move forward on land-use legislation that the company needs to open a second restaurant in that city, and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino last week sent a letter telling [company President Dan] Cathy that his company was not welcome there.
The Jim Henson Co., which created toys for the chain, will not offer any more Muppets. On Friday, the company said Chief Executive Lisa Henson supports same-sex marriage and would donate money that the company had received from Chick-fil-A to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
About the same time, Chick-fil-A posted signs announcing a "voluntary recall" of all Jim Henson's Creature Shop Puppet Kids Meal toys, citing reports that some children's fingers had gotten stuck in the holes of the puppets. Last week, Cathy said his company would "leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena."