Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has said Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy is “getting crucified” for opposing gay marriage.

Palin made headlines over the weekend when she expressed support for the beleaguered fast-food chain in a series of tweets.

Cathy unleashed a firestorm of controversy when he said gay marriage is “inviting God's judgment on our nation.” He pivoted in a subsequent interview, insisting “we don't have an anti-gay or anti-anything policy or attitude toward anybody that's out there.” Between 2003 and 2010, Chick-Fil-A gave nearly $5 million to groups opposed to gay rights, according to Equality Matters.

Appearing on Fox News, Palin discussed the backlash against the company.

“Well, that calling for a boycott … has a chilling effect on our First Amendment rights,” Palin said. “And the owner of the Chick-Fil-A business had merely voiced his personal opinion about supporting traditional definition of marriage. One boy, one girl, falling in love, getting married. And having voiced his support for kind of that cornerstone of all civilization and all religions since the beginning of time, he then basically [is] getting crucified.”

Palin added that she supported “anybody else who would wish to express their not anti-gay people sentiment, but their support of traditional marriage.”

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