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Chick-fil-A president deletes 'sad day' tweet on gay marriage ruling

Chick-fil-A president deletes 'sad day' tweet on gay marriage ruling
Chick-Fil-A president Dan Cathy deleted a tweet calling the DOMA ruling a 'sad day.' Pictured is the Cuddled gay men's choir holding rainbow flags outside of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Hollywood in 2012. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Chick-fil-A President Dan T. Cathy didn't waste any time before taking to Twitter to express his opinion on the recent Supreme Court ruling on DOMA, calling it a "sad day."

At 11:22 a.m. Wednesday morning, Cathy 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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And then, the Tweet vanished.

"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," Chick-fil-A said in a short statement on the company website.

Cathy made headlines last year when he spoke out against gay marriage. A report by the LGBT advocacy group Equality Matters also released a report that found Chick-fil-A donated more than $5 million to anti-gay Christian groups.

"Dan Cathy, like everyone in this country, has his own views," Chick-fil-A spokeswoman Carrie Kurlander said in response to the tweet. "However, Chick-fil-A is focused on providing great tasting food and genuine hospitality to everyone."

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[This post was updated at 3:29p.m. June 27, 2013: A previous version of this post stated that Cathy tweeted on Tuesday. Cathy submitted and deleted his tweet on Wednesday.]

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