The appearance of Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy at a Prince William County Chamber of Commerce event later this year has been postponed.

Cathy recently made controversial comments against gay marriage, and mayors as well as gay rights groups around the country have protested Cathy and Chick-fil-A, while supporters held their own “Appreciation Day” on Thursday. The chain’s highest-grossing restaurant in the country, according to a Chamber of Commerce news release, is on Prince William Parkway near Potomac Mills.

“We know that a great many of our members will understand that, as a business leader, there are times when you must pull back and focus on day-to-day operations,” said Rob Clapper, the Chamber’s president and CEO, in a statement. “In light of recent events, particularly the loss of one of their long-time employees and top executives, we respect the decision of the Chick-fil-A leadership team in taking the time to do just that.”

Clapper was referring to the passing of Don Perry, the company’s longtime spokesman. Cathy’s schedule has been changed due to his death and the “concurrent public controversy,” the chamber said.