The chief operating officer of US fast food chain Chick-Fil-A has confirmed that his company is against equal marriage rights for gay people.

Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press that the company was “guilty as charged”, when asked about its perceived opposition to equal marriage.

The company, which is the second largest chicken fast food firm in the US, has donated millions of dollars to anti-gay groups including the Family Research Council, Exodus International and Focus on the Family.

Last year, Mr Cathy rebutted accusations of being anti-gay, saying he and the company had “no agenda against anyone”.

But in his latest interview, he affirmed that Chick-Fil-A is opposed to equal marriage.

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.

“We operate as a family business … our restaurants are typically led by families; some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that.”

LGBT campaigners have been calling for boycotts of Chick-Fil-A. In February, the student government of Northeastern University voted against the company opening an outlet on campus.