Blume now says that during his interview with Cathy, the restaurateur "said nothing offensive, nothing putting down anyone" and that "the whole thing was distorted ... an invented, manufactured story." Never once during the interview, notes the editor, were the words "gay marriage," "lesbian," or "homosexual" spoken.
In its "story about the story," the Christian Action League of North Carolina quotes Blume on the reaction of the homosexual activist community:
"It is obvious the gay community was looking to twist this because they don't like the fact that Chick-fil-A invests some of their money in groups like Focus on the Family and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. They stirred this up, literally invented it."
Also according to Blume, the businessman's "guilty as charged" comment was in response to a question about Chick-fil-A's commitment to and support of family values -- not a confirmation of an "anti-gay stance," as conveyed in the headline of a Huffington Post story.