Corey Braun, operator-owner of the noted Chick-fil-A, claims that although CEO Dan Cathy may be against marriage equality, that dialogue does not interfere with customer service. "There were a lot of things said over the past year," Braun told the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. "I wanted to show that Chick-fil-A doesn't discriminate against anybody. We serve everyone. We're happy to serve the community and this was an opportunity to have this group come in and show them our hospitality regardless of their beliefs, sexual orientation, or whatever."
Of course, that is the same official policy that Chick-fil-A's across the nation touted last year, when Cathy admitted that he was anti-gay marriage. Since then, the LGBT community had boycotted the chicken chain, while others swarmed to support the chain for the CEO's beliefs.
Most of the controversy, however, surrounded the company's donations to anti-gay marriage organizations like the Marriage & Family Foundation. While there were rumors that the company would stop those donations, the official corporate statement was unclear in those concessions. "Because of this commitment, Chick-fil-A's giving heritage is focused on programs that educate youth, strengthen families, and enrich marriages, and support communities," the statement said. "We will continue to focus our giving in those areas. Our intent is not to support political or social agendas."
This isn't the first Chick-fil-A to openly support the LGBT community; a New Hampshire outpost became an official sponsor of their city's Gay Pride parade last summer.