Chick-fil-A, the fast-food chain that was at the center of a gay marriage controversy this summer, supports “biblical families,” President Dan Cathy said in a new interview that aired Wednesday.

“Families are very important to our country, they’re very important, I think, to all of us that are concerned about being able to hang on to the heritage that we have,” Cathy told WXIA-TV in Atlanta. “And we’re supporting biblical families; they’ve always been a part of that.”

Over the summer, the franchise came under fire after comments Cathy made about same-sex marriage came to light: He told Baptist Press that he was “guilty as charged” of supporting the “biblical definition of the family unit,” and immediately faced both fierce criticism and outpourings of support.

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