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Comments about gay marriage spark boycott of Chick-fil-A

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One of the most popular fast food chains in the country is under fire. The president of Chick-fil-A has taken a very public stand against same-sex marriage.

It's a stance that has sparked a firestorm across the Internet. Politicians on both sides have weighed in. The muppets too.

Dan Cathy, the head of Chick-fil-A, is known as an outspoken Christian conservative. This time, he is speaking out loudly about gay marriage.

"I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage," he said.

His comments are provoking a powerful backlash -- the City of Chicago vowing to block the opening of a new Chick-fil-A.

The Henson Company has now announced it would end a marketing deal with the fast-food chain to put muppets toys in kids' meals.

And celebrities from Miley Cyrus to Roseanne Barr to Ed Helms, vow to boycott.

"Chick-fil-A doesn't like gay people? Hate to think what they do to gay chickens. Lost a loyal fan," Helms tweeted.

The cultural clash Cathy stirred up is reminiscent of what happened when J.C. Penny hired Ellen Degeneres as its celebrity endorser. Conservative groups called for a boycott of the retail giant.

"My haters are my motivators," Ellen said in response.

But even as Chick-fil-A is coming under siege from some quarters, some conservatives are rallying behind it. Two former republican presidential candidates -- Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum are calling for a national show of support -- by eating at Chick-fil-A restaurants on August 1.

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