Chicago’s Moreno Says Cathy ‘Muddied’ Chick-Fil-A’s Gay Progress

ChickstickChicago Alderman Joe Moreno is confused, and rightfully so.

Thanks in part to Moreno's efforts, fast food franchise Chick-fil-A last week vowed to stop funding any political groups, especially anti-gay groups it backed in the past. Then, two days later, homophobic company CEO Dan Cathy tweeted support for a discriminatory group, a move Moreno says "muddied" the debate.

"[That tweet], at the least, muddied the progress we had made with Chick-fil-A and, at the worst, contradicted the documents and promises Chick-fil-A made to me and the community earlier this month."

More from CNN:

[Moreno] said the executives confirmed to him that both the foundation and the company in 2012 has not given money and will not give money to those groups.

Cathy's conflicting statement, Moreno said Sunday, is "disturbing."

"I am simply asking Mr. Cathy to confirm statements and documents that HIS company executives provided to me," Moreno said in a written statement, capitalizing "his" for emphasis.

"It's pretty simple, Mr. Cathy. Do you acknowledge and support the policies that your executives outlined to me in writing or do you not? Yes or no?" the statement added.

Chick-fil-A's offices are closed today, so we'll have to wait until tomorrow for a comment, and then probably another day before Cathy totally contradicts it.


  1. Ed says

    @John Equality: I beg to differ. Towleroad is keeping us gay folks up to date. Str8 people don’t come here unless there is a big gay positive event. Just like I don’t visit One Million Moms unles they happen to have a big event. Which, thanfully, is seldom these days.

  2. Keppler says

    @Ed – You miss the point, I think. Stop giving them free publicity by negotiating with them. Any agreement made with this company is not worth the paper it’s written on. Our objective over time should be to put them out of business. Period.

  3. Jeff NYC says

    Moreno “muddled” the process with his narcissistic assumption that he could change Chick-fil-a’s corporate policies all by himself and assume a self-created throne as “Savior to the Gays.”

    He should have kept his stupid mouth shut until he knew what was REALLY going on.

  4. Anthony says

    Our objective over time should be to put them out of business? Are you freaking kidding me? No, our objective should be to legalize same sex marriage across the country. That would piss them off the most. Get your priorities in order please.

  5. Miguel R. says

    @Jeff NYC. Asking people to either affirm or deny statements that they made is hardly narcissistic. Narcissistic behavior is thinking you can do whatever you want and that no one would dare challenge you.

  6. Pete N SFO says

    Mr. Moreno, you have your answer already. Now, what are you going to do about it?

    And really, what can you do about it is the question you should be asking.

  7. Andrew says

    It is none of Moreno’s business whether a legal business opens another store in Chicago. If Chick-Fil-A opens a shop and the free citizens of Chicago choose to patronize it, that is what matters. If the citizens decide they do not want to support a store owned by bigots, that is also there right. This city council person should stay out of it. Let the market place prevail.

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