Chick-fil-A Statement Tries to Absolve Itself of Anti-Gay Ties, Doesn’t


Chick-fil-A released the following statement with regard to its association with a "traditional marriage" conference run by Pennsylvania's most anti-gay group.

"To our Facebook community: First and foremost, thanks for your patience as we made sure we gathered the facts in regards to recent postings. We have determined that one of our independent Restaurant Operators in Pennsylvania was asked to provide sandwiches to two Art of Marriage video seminars. As our fans, you know we do our best to serve our local communities, and one of the ways we do that is by providing food to schools, colleges, civic groups, businesses, places of worship, not-for-profit groups, etc. At his discretion, the local Operator agreed to simply provide a limited amount of food. Our Chick-fil-A Operators and their employees try very hard every day to go the extra mile in serving ALL of our customers with honor, dignity and respect."

The Pennsyvania Family Institute accused gay blogs like Good As You of attacking Chick-fil-A for trying to be "good neighbors" to the PFI.

But Chick-fil-A's association with anti-gay groups go deeper than a weekend picnic in Pennsylvania. Jeremy Hooper explains that the company's WinShape foundation is partnering with NOM's Ruth Institute. They also partnered with other "pro-family" groups on something called "The Marriage CoMission" which gathers anti-gay leaders from cities around the nation for a retreat every year at the WinShape foundation's Georgia headquarters to figure out ways to strengthen their movement.


  1. Darren says

    Yeah.. right…

    I’ll buy that line when Chick-Fil-A becomes a cosponsor of PRIDE…

    not holding my breath.

  2. Bill Arico says

    Don’t be a Chicken!!!

    PLEASE remember to donate to GetEqual, they NEED our financial support. Many new actions our planned, but we’re short on funding.

    Let’s keep winning – donate today!

    DOMA and ENDA are next. Give more to get more.

  3. TampaZeke says

    Local PFLAG and Gay Straight Alliance chapters, or even a local gay Christian organization, should ask that independent branch to provide a “limited number of sandwiches” for one of their events. Let’s see just how “community” minded they really are.

  4. Jonathan says

    My Mom in Florida loves their chicken sandwiches, though. I’ll tell her they’re fattening. That’ll do it.

  5. Jonathan says

    A “local operator” offering “limited free food” does not warrant unqualified headlining corporate co-sponsorship of an event. Either Chick-fil-A is lying, the local operator authorized something it had no business authorizing or the event took liberties with Chick-fil-A’s identity. While any of those three are likely possibilities, I’m going to put my money on the last.

  6. Brad says

    “…the event took liberties with Chick-fil-A’s identity.”

    Uh, no. A little further research will show that CHICK-FIL-A is in partnership with NOM on several NATIONAL projects. I could probably deal with NOM if their only goal was to stop same-sex marriage; but it’s not. They want to deny all rights of gay people and then some.

  7. CJ says

    People, listen this place has always been centered on the right. Which is why they’re closed on Sundays so their minions can go to church. Did you honestly think they were going to be on board with our little message here? Go find something more worthwhile to protest.

  8. Tony J says

    CJ, you may be right about changing minds (likely being unsuccessful).

    However, I would recommend that friends stay away from ChickFilA. I try to be judicious about the businesses that get my money.

    And protesting this might not cost them money, but at least other businesses might be less inclined.

    (I’m still disgusted that the Target store going into San Francisco hasn’t generated enough of a protest.)

  9. Dego says

    Andy: just a gripe.. please don’t use the euphemism “Pro-family” even in sarcastic quotes for these organizations.

    Don’t support their mendacious branding. Call them what they are Christianist or Anti-Gay groups, if not Anti-Gay, Christianist groups.

    Oh and my guess is that Chik-fil-A was on board and knowingly sponsored this. They are a born-again-Christian organization, that specifically negotiates rights to close their locations on “the Lord’s day” in malls that will not allow ANY other company or store to do so. Their PR flack is lying and trying to spin the story to not lose favor with potential customers that may be less conservative than their base.

  10. walter says

    time to lrt our dollars do the talking. tjis is the same crap that target used when they got caught giving to the homophobes. it is time to stop taking lame excuses and then keep
    giving them our money. if our rights are to much them to worry about we should not let them worry about our money. LGBT spend more on eating out and clothes than most straights. wait till the loss of sales hits the bottom line.

  11. Paul R says

    @Dego: Putting something in quotation marks sufficiently indicates that it’s considered a farce.

    Anyway, Chick-Fil-A being antigay is about as surprising as the news that Cracker Barrel is that came out about 20 years ago. Fattening food produced by Southern corporations for big people with small minds comes as no surprise.

  12. X says

    Ugh. Now all Chik-fil-A tastes like to me now is higher taxes, workplace discrimination, and teen suicides.

  13. Andrew says

    Chick-Fil-A’s leadership team has always been open about their Christian aspirations.

    Not every company needs to be everything to everyone. Let the Evangelicals support Chick-Fil-A, I’ll support other businesses. Besides, I don’t eat fast food.

  14. Christmas Grinch says

    I’m putting this in the larger perspective, 1) they responded, 2) its just chicken, and 3) its just chicken.

    We buy oil, most of which comes from countries that kill homosexuals, but to boycott that is too much trouble. We’ve made millionaires out of assholes that hang gays and chop off their heads every trip to the gas pump but we can mount a protest over chicken nuggets. Sure.

  15. Tim says

    Grinch, I completely agree. We should really think larger about where our money goes and where our rights aren’t granted. The local mall is hardly making an impact on the real world. I suppose it’s nice to see people take a stand (as so few actually ever do), but there are so many bigger issues.