The Chick-fil-A fast food chain has been receiving a ton of media scrutiny as of late, after declaring that they, as a company, are opposed to gay marriage. Although opposition to same-sex marriage is prevalent throughout America, Chick-fil-A Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy created a media firestorm after a series of controversial actions. As the most prominent gay man in metal, Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford recently addressed the issue in a new interview.

Chick-fil-A COO Dan Cathy spoke to the Ken Coleman Show about his stance on gay marriage on June 16 of this year. “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.’ I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”

As the issue pressed on and further developments occurred, the controversy became top news for many media outlets. Additionally, Rob Halford recently spoke with Noisecreep regarding Chick-fil-A and their stance: “Everybody in this country has the right to say what they think and feel and what best represents them,” says Halford. “The people at Chick-fil-A have the absolute right to say and do what they want. It doesn’t matter that all of these people disagree with their opinion. The question was how would the people that agree with what that man said do to support the company and how would the ones against his anti-gay remarks protest.”

He adds, “The supporters have been showing up in droves, to spend money at the restaurants and peacefully assemble. But there has obviously been so many people who have gone out and boycotted the company. I think it’s great. That’s our right here. What you’re seeing here are the elements of the American Constitution in all of their glory. It’s a wonderful thing to see happening and talk about and the fact that everyone is discussing the gay rights issue is great.”

Halford concludes, “I don’t think that man thought too much about the business consequences of what he said, but I think he was standing for what he believes in. I don’t agree with him at all, but God bless the man. It’s as simple as that.”

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