Don’t tell Mitt Romney, John Rocker, Karen Handel or this cranky old guy from Cobb County, but Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy quietly met with college leaders on Thursday to discuss LGBT issues and ways to find common ground. It’s not clear what sort of map Cathy (photo) and the college leaders used to find that common ground. It was just a few weeks ago that Cathy chided “arrogant” LGBT activists for their support of gay marriage and made crystal clear the company’s anti-gay beliefs. That kicked off a national firestorm that resulted in protests, sloppy wet gay kisses and lots of creative responses from LGBT people and their supporters in Atlanta. The blowback apparently singed Cathy, who’s now working behind the scenes to repair the damage, according to the Advocate. Cathy met with the students in Atlanta.
The president and chief operating officer is now trying to repair his image with college leaders, who he met with on Thursday in Atlanta, according to a source who couldn't reveal his name because he wasn't authorized to speak about the meeting. The discussion involved "diversity, hospitality, and the opportunity to find common ground," according to the source.Since Cathy’s comments, the Atlanta-based company has encountered some resistance to its restaurants on college campus in California and New York. Not so much at Emory and Kennesaw State, which shrugged off student complaints about the company’s anti-gay efforts.