"A lot of folks feel like Chick-fil-A's financing of adamantly anti-gay groups, including hate groups like the Family Research Council, they feel like that is wrong and the folks that are doing business with anti-gay Chick-fil-A should cut ties," said Sarah Lane, a spokeswoman for CREDO Action, which is delivering the petitions along with the progressive organizations Faithful America and SumofUs.
The Berenstain family has distanced itself from the now-controversial restaurant, saying on its website that it does not have control over whether the Berenstain Bears are used in Chick-fil-A marketing. In a note posted on the front page of the site, the Berenstain family directs any grievances to HarperCollins, which has been developing the Chick-fil-A promotion for "over a year."
Last month the Jim Henson company pulled its toys from Chick-fil-A kids' meals following Cathy's comments. The company said it would donate the payment it received from Chick-fil-A to GLAAD, a gay rights advocacy group.
"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 company said on its Facebook page on July 20.