Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the rest of the Muppets have weighed in on same-sex marriage. Or at least their employer has.
The Jim Henson Company, a multiple Emmy and Grammy Award winning puppet company founded by Mississippi native Jim Henson, says on its official Facebook page that it is no longer affiliated with the equally popular Chick-fil-A restaurant chain.
“The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors,” the page read on Tuesday.
“Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD.”
GLAAD is the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
The distancing from Chick-fil-A came after COO Dan Cathy told a Southern Baptist newspaper last week that the company stands for a “traditional” definition of marriage.
Chick-fil-A was founded in 1967 by restaurant entrepreneur Truett Cathy, famous for his chicken sandwiches as well as a longstanding corporate pledge to never open a restaurant on Sunday.
“We are very much supportive of the family, the biblical definition of the family unit,” Dan Cathy is quoted as saying to the Baptist Press. “We are a family owned business, a family led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”
Those remarks didn’t sit well with Henson which has included Muppet toys in Chick-fil-A children’s meals in the past.
The support by corporations of same-sex marriage has reemerged in recent months as companies decide whether or not to inject themselves into the debate.
Queeried.com recently published a list of the “10 Pro Gay Companies To Go And Spend All Your Money With”, a list that included Levi’s, American Apparel and Nike.