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09/19/2012

Report: Chick-fil-A more bothered by recent controversy than supporters wanted you to believe

by Jeremy Hooper

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According to the Chicago-based Civil Rights Agenda, Chick-fil-A has made some drastic changes to its policies. Press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chick-fil-A Ceases Anti-gay Donations, Clarifies Stance on Gay Customers & Employees

September 18, 2012 – Chicago, Illinois – The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA), Illinois’ largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights advocacy organization, has learned that Alderman Moreno has finalized his negotiations with Chick-Fil-A. Alderman Moreno’s advocacy has resulted in the company confirming that they will no longer give money to anti-gay organizations. The Civil Rights Agenda worked closely with the Alderman in an advisory role as he negotiated these concessions with the executives at Chick-fil-A.

In a letter addressed to Alderman Moreno and signed by Chick-fil-A’s Senior Director of Real Estate, it states, “The WinShape Foundations 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.” In meetings the company executives clarified that they will no longer give to anti-gay organizations, such as Focus on the Family and the National Organization for Marriage.

Additionally, they have sent an internal memo to franchisees and stakeholders that stated that, as a company, they will “treat every person with honor, dignity and respect-regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation and gender,” and that their “intent is not to engage in political or social debates.” This statement was placed into an official company document called “Chick-fil-A: Who We Are.”
MORE: PRESS RELEASE - Chick-fil-A Ceases Anti-gay Donations, Clarifies Stance on Gay Customers & Employees [Civil Rights Agenda]

No word on whether or not the company's president and COO will continue to claim gay people's marriages are capable of drawing God's wrath or that our gay-accepting society has "left us to a deprived mind." Baby steps, I guess.

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**By the way, the graphic on this post is not a mockup. It's an actual image that the National Organization For Marriage has been running all month.

Will this development lead to lost love? Stay tuned.

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**MORE: Chris Geidner adds this:

The company did not contest the report in a statement from spokesman Steve Robinson emailed to BuzzFeed on Wednesday — though it also would not confirm the new report. [Buzzfeed]

I would add that this same Steve Robinson sits on the board of Family Life, a very anti-LGBT/pro-"ex-gay" organization.

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