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

From ABC News

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.