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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.
ladypolitik [ been drinking, but promise the following has spelled-checked this THRICED]19th-Sep-2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
As it should. The Montgomery boycotts and Castro Street pro-union/pro-gay beer boycotts won a lot of key victories the same way: by bringing consumer enterprises to their knees via long-term boycotts.

That's bto say, at the end of the day the goal -- the way I see it -- is less about making bigoted groups and persons stop feeling bigoted in their hearts (because that's never going to happen, so long as those bigots possess their undue privilege[s]), and more about using the weaknesess of these bigoted enttiies to force them to adhere to civil rights prinicples that they wount if they werent being ethnically blackmailed by the almighty dollar.

So it's perfectly fine if this is all because their business was killed. That was the whole point, really, as no one expects them do recognize and then do the right thing on their own. It's one of those grim realities where if you're marginalized, it's not about making bigots love you, but to make them fear all the possible consequences of disobeying basic civil rights. Andr tbh, I think most marginalized ppl sleep just fine with that ultimatum.
masakochan Re: [ been drinking, but promise the following has spelled-checked this THRICED]20th-Sep-2012 12:11 am (UTC)
Ahh- okay. Yeah, I can understand that.
chaya Re: [ been drinking, but promise the following has spelled-checked this THRICED]20th-Sep-2012 12:36 am (UTC)
This this this this this.
sfrlz Re: [ been drinking, but promise the following has spelled-checked this THRICED]20th-Sep-2012 02:27 am (UTC)
IA. Also, it's like when people were saying that the boycott was the wrong idea because business owners have the right to hold their own views. They do, and I also have the right to not indirectly send my money to hate groups, and to use the power of my $$ to force businesses to abandon unethical practices.
effervescent 20th-Sep-2012 06:17 am (UTC)
+1 I hope this puts wariness into the hearts of other business owners because they have to remember just where their money comes from.
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