Chick-fil-A Backing Out of Anti-Gay Donations?
Gay-marriage supporters and chicken sandwich lovers refraining from indulging in Chick-fil-A's controversial sandwich may be able to stop their boycott of the chain.
According to Chicago pro-LGBT organization The Civil Rights Agenda (CRA), Chick-fil-A has confirmed that "they will no longer give money to anti-gay organizations."
The Chicago Tribune reports that Chicago Alderman Moreno decided to let Chick-fil-A set up shop in his ward of Logan Square after the chain told him they will release a statement with a memo stating the company's commitment to "treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender." The kicker? The company will also state their "intent... not to engage in political or social debates."
The CRA statement also reveals a bit more, however. According to The Civil Rights Agenda, a letter to Alderman Moreno from Chick-fil-A stated that "The WinShape Foundations [Chick-fil-A's donation branch] is now 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."
Company executives have reportedly clarified this statement, saying the company will no longer donate to anti-gay organizations. Considering the media storm that followed the company this summer after CEO Dan Cathy said he was "guilty as charged" for being against gay marriage, it's probably a good move.
Calls to Chick-fil-A were not returned immediately, although Buzzfeed reports that in a statement from spokesman Steve Robinson, the company neither confirmed nor denied the report.