Tim Thomas, Chick-fil-A against gay marriage

Although he’s not active on the ice, Tim Thomas is staying active on Facebook.

The Boston Bruins goaltender, currently on a self-imposed one-year break from NHL play, took to his preferred form of communication Thursday to voice his support for Chick-fil-A’s recent stance opposing gay marriage.

Dan Cathy, president of the Atlanta-based fast-food chain, took a public position against same-sex marriage, surprising gay-rights advocates last week.

Cathy said his privately owned company is “guilty as charged” in support of what he called the biblical definition of the family unit. The businessman has given millions of dollars to organizations fighting same-sex marriage.

Thomas, who memorably boycotted the Boston Bruins visit to the White House and meeting with President Obama earlier this year, has frequently voiced his political views through his Facebook posts.

Here is the message Thomas posted on his Facebook page Thursday evening. As of Friday morning, the post already had more than 2,000 “likes”:

I stand with Chick-fil-A.

Chick-fil-A is privately owned by the Cathy family. The company president, Dan Cathy, drew the wrath of gay rights advocates and supporters when he made recent statements that some have alleged are anti-gay.

Cathy told Baptist Press that the company was unapologetically in favor of traditional marriage.

“Guilty as charged,” he said. “We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”

In a separate interview on the Ken Coleman Show — Cathy suggested that the nation could face God’s wrath over the redefinition of marriage.

“I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’” Cathy said. “I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we would have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is all about.’”