Chick-fil-A chief: 'We support Biblical families'

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FILE - In a Wednesday. Aug. 1, 2012 file photo, customers stand in line for a Chick-fil-a meal at the chain's restaurant in Wichita, Kan. The crowd was buying meals to show their support for the company that's currently embroiled in a controversy over same-sex marriage. On this and so many other issues this election year, it seems harder to find that middle-ground gray when our debates seem so very black or white.  (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Travis Heying, File) LCOAL TV OUT; MAGS OUT; LOCAL RADIO OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT
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THOMASTON, Ga. (AP) — Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy voiced his support for "Biblical families" in one of his first interviews since his earlier comments caused controversy regarding gay marriage.

Cathy told Atlanta TV station WXIA in an interview released Wednesday (http://on.11alive.com/PONhtv) that families are important to "those of us who are concerned about being able to hang on to our heritage."

He added "we support Biblical families, and they've always been a part of that."

Cathy made the comments over the weekend at an event at his family's Georgia ranch.

Cathy kicked up a storm of protest and support this summer with comments opposing same-sex marriage. Long lines formed outside Chick-fil-A restaurants on an "appreciation day" and opponents countered with "kiss-ins" by same-sex couples.

Cathy's father started the Atlanta-based company in 1967.

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