The COO of US fast food restaurant Chick-fil-A posted a strong message opposing yesterday’s strike-down of the Defense of Marriage Act, before deleting it.

Yesterday, the federally-sanctioned Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was struck down in the Supreme Court for being unconstitutional.

The message, posted by Dan Cathy, was however seen by many on the microblogging site Twitter, before he deleted it.

The tweet read: “Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies.”

Chick-fil-A released a statement on Wednesday distancing itself from any political statements, but conceding that Cathy has his own political views.

Back in July, Cathy publicly confirmed that the company was opposed to equal marriage.

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

There was then a drawn-out mix of messages coming out of the company over several months, some seeming to suggest that executives wanted to distance Chick-fil-A from the controversy, others confirming that it has maintained its anti-gay policy. The Chick-fil-A statement released said it intended “to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”