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New Chick-Fil-A Revelations: Company Gave Nearly $2 Million to Anti-Gay Groups in 2009

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Back in March, Equality Matters broke the news that Chick-Fil-A had donated more than $1.1 million to anti-LGBT groups between 2003 and 2008, and they've followed up on that story:

Now, new IRS 990 forms reveal that the company donated nearly two million dollars to anti-gay groups in 2009 alone, the most recent year for which public records are available.

The numbers:

WinShape Gave Over $1.7 Million To Anti-Gay Groups. In 2009 alone, WinShape donated $1,733,699 to multiple anti-gay groups:

Marriage & Family Legacy Fund: $994,199
Fellowship Of Christian Athletes: $480,000
National Christian Foundation: $240,000
Focus On The Family: $12,500
Eagle Forum: $5,000
Exodus International: $1,000
Family Research Council: $1,000

If you're not familiar with any of these groups, EM has a rundown of their activities at the link below.

Chick-Fil-A Donated Nearly $2 Million To Anti-Gay Groups In 2009 [equality matters]

Previously...
Chick-Fil-A Exposed: $1.1 Million to Anti-Gay Organizations [tr]
If You're Eating Chick-Fil-A, You're Eating Anti-Gay [tr]
Chick-fil-A Pres: Providing Food to Anti-Gay Groups Not an Endorsement [tr]
NY Times on Chick-Fil-A; Company Issues Another Statement [tr]
Gay-Hating Chick-Fil-A Mascots Found on WV Street Poles [tr]
Group Cancels Chick-Fil-A President's Appearance at Event [tr]

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  1. I've enjoyed Chick-fil-A's food for as long as they've been in business. However, ever since the news broke about their donations to support the activities of anti-gay organizations, I've not patronized their local restaurant. I'll continue to do so and perhaps, just perhaps, eat a little healthier for it!

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Nov 1, 2011 8:36:24 AM


  2. Yet, I know plenty of gay/gay supporting individuals, who continue to go there and seemingly couldn't care less this organization is run by a fundamentalist who is against our progress as a community. That's what's inexcusable.

    Posted by: Francis | Nov 1, 2011 9:17:52 AM


  3. It is disheartening and annoying that a corporation contributes to anti-gay groups and to individuals intent on harming GLBT folk...but it is not illegal in the USA. The only thing we can do is to absolutely STOP supporting them and contributing to their profits.....and tell all our friends and allies to avoid those companies.

    I haven't done any cross-border shopping at Target since that 150 K donation to MN Forward in 2010. The CEO of that company must kick himself in the pants when he thinks of the money lost because of that misguided donation. Target Corporation is expecting to open 100 to 150 stores throughout Canada in 2013 and 2014. They promise to be good corporate citizens. Although the laws pertaining to corporate political donations are different up here, we will be watching to see if they behave in an acceptable manner.

    Posted by: excy | Nov 1, 2011 9:42:47 AM


  4. Im only 40, but I guess its time for me to start saying "Back inmy day..." Twenty years ago we knew that Chick Fil A was owned and operated by gay hating xtians, so I dont know why it is such a surprise all over again. Also I have a friend who is 29 and doesnt care at all what their religion and politics are and eats there whenever he is in a town that has one. I find it pretty irritating, but what the hell is wrong with people today when they dont even mind giving money to people who are plotting against them?

    Posted by: JWL | Nov 1, 2011 10:00:05 AM


  5. Don't McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, all have chicken?

    Posted by: Alternative Eating | Nov 1, 2011 10:34:54 AM


  6. To bring some levity to the conversation...also paid $4,396,055 to GAY Construction Company in Smyrna, GA.

    Posted by: phillip | Nov 1, 2011 10:43:41 AM


  7. "Don't McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, all have chicken?"

    Yep - but it's missing that elusive element of evil Christian seasoning ;)

    Posted by: John | Nov 1, 2011 6:50:43 PM


  8. So what if Chick-Fil-A gave to those groups. The company is Christian based and like it or not, they have the right to support whomever they want, same as you. So don't judge. If you don't like it, don't buy their food and want to make a statement, flood them with business. What better way to make a positive statement towards gay people than to force them to see gay people in droves in their faces eating their food. Talk about making them feel awkward and guilty...well there you go. Think of it as a silent protest. Mission accomplished.

    Posted by: Just Me | Nov 1, 2011 10:23:19 PM


  9. @JustMe

    Your logic is unbelievably stupid. We have a right to judge anybody or any organization that goes out of their way to give their money to organizations like this. Do they care that gays are eating their food? Do they feel the "awkward and guilt" that gay people are eating their food? Hell no.

    And inevitably those dollars go into the pockets of anti-gay organizations. Silent Protest doesn't do anything and encouraging people to eat there to "make a statement" is about the stupidest thing I've ever read here on Towleroad, or in any blog in a long, long time. Congratulations.

    Posted by: Chris | Nov 2, 2011 7:30:31 PM


  10. You have an absolute right to use your financial power to let a company know that you disapprove of its practices: it is literall the ONLY thing that a corporate entity will alow to influence its activities: boycotts are perfectly acceptable for both the right and the left; gay people and their foes. Ultimately it comes down to one thing, and that thing is NOT the rightness of our cause: it comes down to what the public and the market at large believe is right: if the people who buy the products think that Jesus trumps civil rights for gays: we lose, since they buy the largest number of chicken burgers. If gay-friendly liberals buy more chicken than the extreme right: we win. Reciepts count with corporations, nothing else. they have NO values, they have NO message. They REACT to public opinion and nothing more. If the confederates had won the war, Chicken-fil would have a grinning Mammy on every sign.

    Posted by: Steerpike | Nov 3, 2011 6:44:28 AM


  11. No company 'cares' about anything but its profits. All that crap about Apple, Google and the freedom of information: total crapola: bare-faced propaganda. McDonald's cared about your health? Rubbish: YOU started careing about your health and Mickey-D's just reacted. Starbucks wants to buy fairtrade? WRONG: YOU want them to buy fairtrade: they'd buy their coffee feom Portuguese slavers who shoot Amazonian Indians for fun if that was cheapest and you didn't care. These entities have NO ETHICAL VALUES or any kind. When they say they do, they are LYING to get you to 'like' them and 'identify with' them as though they were 'friends' or 'people' They are NOT. They are NOT people. They are machines and they DON'T CARE. So hit them where it hurts: their pockets.

    Posted by: Steerpike | Nov 3, 2011 6:49:30 AM


  12. I used to love me some Chik-Fil-A, but after the revelations about the company's discriminatory, hate-filled lobbying came out I switched to the following recipe and haven't missed the politics (or the fat) since: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Oven-Fried-Panko-Chicken-355470 Personally, I use egg whites instead of butter.

    Posted by: Patrick | Nov 3, 2011 3:04:21 PM


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  14. This is completely disgusting and unacceptable. Chick-fil-A continues to disappoint. On top of this anti-gay stupidity, Chick-fil-A also continues to source eggs from battery-cage chickens in factory farms. Cruelty on so many counts... to humans... to animals... DO NOT give this company your business. They need to clean up their act.

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