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Chick-fil-A agrees to stop funding anti-gay groups, Chicago alderman says

2:56 pm - 09/19/2012

Joe Moreno, the alderman whose opposition of a proposed Chick-fil-A on Chicago's north side helped fuel the controversy, told the Chicago Tribune the company has pledged to include a statement of respect for all sexual orientations in a memo to staffers and has promised that the WinShape Foundations, its not-for-profit arm, would no longer contribute money to groups that oppose gay marriage. Moreno said he will recommend that Chick-fil-A's construction plans be approved.

The memo, "Chick-fil-A: Who We Are," will be distributed to all corporate employees and restaurant operators, encouraging them to "treat every person with honor, dignity and respect--regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender," Moreno said.

In a letter to the alderman, the company said WinShape is "taking a much closer look at the organizations it considers helping, and in that process will remain true to its stated philosophy of not supporting organizations with political agendas."

Since 2003, the non-profit has donated millions of dollars to groups that promote "traditional marriage," including as Focus on the Family and the National Organization for Marriage. According to the Civil Rights Agenda, a Chicago-based LGBT advocacy group that worked closely with Moreno, Chick-fil-A executives "clarified that they will no longer give to anti-gay organizations."

A Chick-fil-A spokeswoman declined to comment, forwarding a statement the company made in July.

"The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect —regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender," the statement reads. "Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena."

Earlier this year, Dan Cathy, Chick-fil-A president and chief operating officer, said in a radio interview that "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.'"

"I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about," he said.

In an interview with the Baptist Press, Cathy doubled down on his stance against same-sex unions.

"Guilty as charged," Cathy 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."

The comments sparked protests and counter-protests at Chick-fil-A stores.

The company, founded by Dan's father, Truett Cathy, in 1946, has a history of "unapologetic social conservatism," as the Daily Caller put it. All 1,608 of its stores are closed on Sundays, a day of rest for most Christians.


Hmmm...wonder if they're serious.
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rex_dart Mod note.19th-Sep-2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
I think your source link just incepted me.
eveofrevolution Re: Mod note.19th-Sep-2012 09:18 pm (UTC)
Weird! Should be fixed now!
executivehpfan 19th-Sep-2012 09:18 pm (UTC)
If this is true, good.
cozmic_oceanz 19th-Sep-2012 09:23 pm (UTC)
boo ya
shortsweetcynic 19th-Sep-2012 09:29 pm (UTC)
Even if it's true...well, I'll quote my husband here: "I can't eat it without tasting hatred."

And I'm not sure how quickly that'll change for me, if ever.

I hope this is true. It just feels like it's too little, too late.
unbridledglee 19th-Sep-2012 11:28 pm (UTC)
Same. The whole appreciation day thing left such a bad taste in my mouth that I wouldn't be able to tell if the food is good there or not.
palebluedot09 19th-Sep-2012 09:39 pm (UTC)
I won't believe it. And it's too little too late.
sio 20th-Sep-2012 12:29 am (UTC)
whether or not it's true, i 100% second the latter half of your comment.
fallingmallorn 19th-Sep-2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
Good. Probably am still not going to eat there, but hey. Now it remains to be seen if they're actually serious. Maybe they've started to realize how much money they're losing by alienating an entire source of revenue.

Either way it's good to see a precedent possibly being set. Maybe.
metanoiame 19th-Sep-2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
Interesting. Not sure how I feel about one city official dictating company policy. But I'm glad that the focus is on Chick-fil-A's funding of anti-gay marriage groups, and that now it's stopped. It was driving me crazy when the story was all about what Dan Cathy said, and not about the massive amounts of money from Chick-fil-A profits that were going to actually make an impact in the world - and not in a good way.
chaya 20th-Sep-2012 12:35 am (UTC)
You're also the one who said they didn't care about equal rights in the military, right?
bnmc2005 19th-Sep-2012 09:43 pm (UTC)
Meh. They're still connected at the root to Winshape Foundation, No?
lone_concertina 20th-Sep-2012 12:52 am (UTC)
In that both are run by the same dude, yeah.
ellonwye 19th-Sep-2012 09:47 pm (UTC)
Hurts when it affects your profits, doesn't it?
Funny how, when it comes down to it, you can change your stance for the sake of money.
masakochan 19th-Sep-2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
A part of me is thinking that one of the reasons is because of some of the business that they've lost. :/
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lovedforaday 19th-Sep-2012 09:56 pm (UTC)
I guess those good free speech lovin' Christian soldier dollars weren't enough.

This is still not enough to get me to ever eat there. I can't imagine their chicken sandwiches are better than ones any where else and the waffle fries being any better than the ones at Arby's.
crossfire 19th-Sep-2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
Arby's potato cakes are where it's at.
quixotic_coffee 19th-Sep-2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah I don't care. That said there's no Chick-fil-A's where I live so saying I still wouldn't buy their food would seem rather hollow.
jessyryan 19th-Sep-2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
So, Instead of the money coming from corporate it will come from the Cathy family personally. Yeah, Still never eating there. FUCK OFF
shadwrayvn 19th-Sep-2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
Meh I feel no need to go back & eat their basic ass food.
lux_roark 19th-Sep-2012 10:57 pm (UTC)
Before what happened I had no clue there was even a Chick-fil-A near me until around 5 of my friends posted pictures of themselves waiting in line to go in.
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