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Chick-fil-A ceases anti-gay donations, offers LGBT statement of respect

Alderman Joe Moreno agrees to Chick-fil-A in 1st Ward

Chicago, IL — Pressures from Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno have resulted in an internal company declaration by Chick-fil-A that they will no longer fund anti-gay organizations, according to a press release from The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA) just before midnight on Tuesday.

Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno
Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno
"Alderman Moreno has confirmed that Chick-fil-A will no longer give money to anti-gay organizations and that they have clarified in an internal document that the company will treat every person equally, regardless of sexual orientation," stated the release. 

The Atlanta-based fast food chain raised the ire of the LGBT community this past summer when revelations it had made large contributions, estimated at over $5 million, via the WinShape Foundation to groups that oppose same-sex marriage. Gay protests were followed by support gatherings by anti-gay marriage groups and an appreciation day initiated by former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Ald. Moreno, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and other prominent politicians blasted Chick-fil-A COO Dan Cathy for inflammatory statements made about same-sex marriage and vowed to block franchise expansion in their communities.

"This is a win for the LGBT community," Moreno said in a statement. The concessions conclude 10 months of negotiations with the company by Moreno, who was advised by TCRA. Moreno said that he would reverse an earlier decision to block a Chick-fil-A location in his Northwest Side ward.

TCRA said that a letter addressed to Moreno and signed by Chick-fil-A's Senior Director of Real Estate, stated, "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."

WinShape, a non-profit funded by Chick-fil-A, has donated millions of dollars to anti-LGBT groups, including some classified as hate groups, such as Focus on the Family and the National Organization for Marriage. In meetings the company executives clarified that they will no longer give to anti-gay organizations.

"We are very pleased with this outcome and thank Alderman Moreno for his work on this issue," said TCRA executive director Anthony Martinez. "I think the most substantive part of this outcome is that Chick-fil-A has ceased donating to organizations that promote discrimination, specifically against LGBT civil rights."

Additionally, Chick-fil-A has sent an internal memo to franchisees and stakeholders that states 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."

"Although we are encouraged by their internal statement, we would still like for the company to adopt an anti-discrimination policy at the corporate level," said Rick Garcia, TCRA policy advisor. "It is one thing for a company to say they respect everyone they serve and employ, it is quite another for them to put that into their policies and demand that all employees adhere to that behavior. It takes time to change the culture of any institution and steps like a corporate policy ensure that progress is made."

Chick-fil-A officials have not responded to requests by ChicagoPride.com for comment.

Update: Dan Cathy denies Chick-fil-A has changed anti-gay practices
Fri. September 21, 2012 7:21:01 PM

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So what? Their food still tastes shitty, and too little too late. Why bother?
Posted by CamLTow on Wed, 9/19/2012 6:22 AM
It doesnt matter wether they support then financially! We all know who's side the are on!? Once a bigot always a bigot!!
Posted by Vanessa Lee Robnett on Wed, 9/19/2012 7:05 AM
well in one positive light- they have stopped funding anti gay agendas.
Posted by Megan Crawford on Wed, 9/19/2012 8:06 AM
Thank you ! Finally we get back to the REAL reason why people were upset with Chick-fil-A - not because of "freedom of speech" but because of financially supporting organizations that did horrible things in relation to Civil Rights and Human Rights in the world. THIS is exactly what it was about. It may not change their core beliefs - but I don't care what they believe. I care that they are not harming people anymore - or contributing to the harm - or supporting the harm with their money. And at least they are saying the right words now - no more discriminating! Let's help them live it, now!
Posted by mary on Wed, 9/19/2012 8:17 AM
just that as said before once a bigot they well aways be a bigot would not eat at chick-fil-A


it was said before they are bigot;s and well all was be would not eat at chick-fil-a
Posted by charles brooks on Wed, 9/19/2012 10:19 AM
They have hardly made any commitment to this, why is the gay press willing giving Chik-Fil-A a blowjob for vague promises? Have they stopped donating to Rick Warren and his Kill the Gays movement in Africa?
Posted by Kevin468 on Wed, 9/19/2012 10:45 AM
It was never CfA who funded the antigay organizations, it was the Cathy family. They donated money to non-profit organizations whose mission was to promote so called "traditional marriage." The Cathy family makes its money through CfA, but it's their money. Until the Cathy family renounces its giving to such organizations (which seems highly unlikely), I see no reason to contribute any money to Dan Cathy and his family's paychecks by patronizing CfA. Same goes for Target and any other corporation whose CEOs fund antigay organizations and initiatives.
Posted by djsaab on Wed, 9/19/2012 10:47 AM
absolutely sickens me that Chic Fil A threw their beliefs under the bus to be politically correct. Why can't business just believe according to their faith and let the chips fall where they may . It's not about "for or against gays and lesbians, it's about the right to believe and be how and who you want to be." Isn't that what the LGBT is always fighting for? Why do they have to force their ways on those that don't believe like them? I'm not tolerant? They're not tolerant of others not like them. The difference? If I don't like that Starbucks or whoever gives to the LGBT, I won't buy my coffee there. If they don't like who Chick fil a (or whoever) gives money to, instead of just taking their business elsewhere, they have to take them to court and force them to change and compromise. Listening you those below in the comments, doesn't seem like most of you are very tolerant either....who do YOU give money to? How would you feel if I took YOU to court to force you to quit giving money to what you feel is important? Are you entitleed to YOUR "important" issues and I am not? How is that fair...don't you always gripe about "fairness". A business giving to a pro gay organization like the LGBT isn't harrassed for supporting their beliefs but a business giving money to an organization that believes more traditionally is condemed.
Posted by barbie1276 on Wed, 9/19/2012 12:52 PM
Oh, F!!! that mess! NO! NO, NO, NO!!!

Boycott should continue UNTIL Chick donate 2x (TWICE) the amount to LGBT group as they did to anti-gay groups!

Take their money, demand they donate to LGBT community support group!
Posted by Peter243 on Wed, 9/19/2012 12:58 PM
They should be able to support whomever they want financially!
Posted by Andy on Wed, 9/19/2012 1:22 PM
Too little too late!
Posted by Paul674 on Wed, 9/19/2012 5:43 PM
I am more bothered by the people who support cfa to show how much they hate me than I am by the company. For some reason their stance on gay marriage just doesn't offend me because they ARE so conservative. I wouldn't hold it against my super Catholic great-grandmother if she were alive and could not support gay marriage either. I am that crazy person that would prefer a legal union than a religious one.
Posted by jen on Wed, 9/19/2012 7:18 PM
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