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Chick-fil-A Promises to No Longer Donate to Anti-Gay Organizations

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Chicago LGBT rights group The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA)  and Alderman Proco 'Joe' Moreno (pictured, below), who in July said he wouldn't allow Chick-Fil-A to open a restaurant in his Northwest Side ward because of the company's anti-gay worldview, issued a press release yesterday that said they had been working with the restaurant chain and that it had agree to no longer donate to anti-gay organizations such as NOM and Focus on the Family.

MorenoTCRA's press release follows:

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.”

“We are very pleased with this outcome and thank Alderman Moreno for his work on this issue,” said Anthony Martinez, executive director of The Civil Rights Agenda. “I think the most important part of this outcome is that Chick-fil-A has ceased their donations to anti-gay groups in 2011 and going forward. With some of the groups that they were donating to being classified as hate groups, and others actively trying to halt the movement toward full civil rights for LGBT people, Chick-fil-A has taken a big step forward.  We are encouraged by their willingness to serve all people and ensure their profits are not used to fight against a minority community that is still trying to gain full and equal civil rights.”

“Although we are encouraged by their internal statement, we still would like for the company to adopt an anti-discrimination policy at the corporate level,” said Rick Garcia, policy advisor for The Civil Rights Agenda. “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.  As we have heard from gay employees that work for Chick-fil-A, there is a culture of discrimination within the company and we would like to ensure that employees can speak out and call attention to those practices without fear of reprisal. It takes time to change the culture of any institution and steps like a corporate policy ensure that progress is made.”

The Chicago Tribune adds:

Though Moreno said he scored a "big win," the company made nearly identical pledges in a July 19 Facebook post that went up even before Moreno took issue with Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy's opposition to gay marriage.

The statement of respect also falls short of Moreno's goal of adding language opposing discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to the company's employee handbook.

UPDATE: TCRA is erroneous in its assertion that Chick-fil-A's money went to NOM and Focus. Equality Matters has a helpful guide to where the WinShape Foundation's money did go, and there are plenty of anti-gay groups which received it.

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  1. LMAO ROFL F*UCK YEAH...!!!

    Posted by: Pommie | Sep 19, 2012 9:04:26 AM


  2. LMAO ROFL F*UCK YEAH...!!!

    Posted by: Pommie | Sep 19, 2012 9:04:29 AM


  3. Fine.
    Now let's see the actions speaking louder than the self serving banalities.

    Chic-fil-A can apply ten years from now to open a franchise; we will judge their record of non discrimination over that time.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 19, 2012 9:08:30 AM


  4. Didn't they make a similar promise a couple of years ago?

    And wasn't it the Family Research Council donations that we were most upset about. FRC is the most offensive group that they were supporting considering its support of the draconian anti-gay Ugandan "kill the gays" bill. I notice that they didn't name them among the groups they'll no longer be giving to.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Sep 19, 2012 9:12:05 AM


  5. LOL Practice makes a man perfect and the urge to make profits makes a company perfect! Thanks The Civil Rights Agenda and Proco Joe Moreno. :)

    Posted by: Pommie | Sep 19, 2012 9:14:20 AM


  6. Who the hell uses the Senior Director of Real Estate to send out notices of policy changes for the company (or rather in this case the "charitable foundation" branch)?

    Posted by: Steve in ORD | Sep 19, 2012 9:17:58 AM


  7. I don't trust Dan Cathy and Chick-Fil-Hate for a second. He'll take advantage of this "agreement" to open restaurants wherever he wants. Then he'll go back to bankrolling more hate. Bigots don't change, they just moderate their tactics.

    Posted by: belo | Sep 19, 2012 9:24:27 AM


  8. I don't trust Dan Cathy and Chick-Fil-Hate for a second. He'll take advantage of this "agreement" to open restaurants wherever he wants. Then he'll go back to bankrolling more hate. Bigots don't change, they just moderate their tactics.

    Posted by: belo | Sep 19, 2012 9:24:37 AM


  9. Wow. This was unexpected, actually.

    That Joe Moreno continued to work behind the scenes getting Hate-Fil-A to pull its' funding for the Gay-Hate Inc. groups, while too many of the VERY PEOPLE he stood up for were screaming 'OMG! You can't stand up for us! What will the fundies say?!? It's a disaster! It's a disaster!!!!' is beyond impressive.

    Thank you Alderman Moreno!

    Posted by: Oz in OK | Sep 19, 2012 9:27:19 AM


  10. I'd like to trust them, but am highly skeptical.

    After all, aren't we still waiting for NOM's financial disclosures, even years after Court decisions mandating they provide them???

    I highly doubt you'd ever find this gay person at a Chic-Fil-Hate.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Sep 19, 2012 9:29:48 AM


  11. I appreciate the company itself no longer funding FRC bigotry, but that doesn't mean Mr. Cathy won't continue to personally donate to these organizations with his own money (which, as President and COO of a growing company, is only increasing).

    I'm not saying the man shouldn't be allowed to spend his money how he wants; I'm just saying the same dollar amounts will most likely be sent over to the hate groups, just from a different entity. It's still in our best interest to not eat there.

    Posted by: kp05 | Sep 19, 2012 9:32:23 AM


  12. It makes sense that the Senior Director of Real Estate would send a letter to the alderman since their specific dispute involved real estate.

    But I can see why people are skeptical. Why is there no official notice of policy change from Chic-fil-a's executive management or from the Winshape Foundation?

    Perhaps the Real Estate Director jumped the gun? Or more likely Chic-fil-a is concerned about not offending all the bigots who lined up on "Chic-fil-a Day" and they're trying to make the policy change quietly.

    Posted by: endo | Sep 19, 2012 9:32:30 AM


  13. I don't buy it. It's also a chcken or the egg situation (Heh heh.) Supposedly, the Basilica Block Party here in Minneapolis raises funds only for the historic Basilica Catholic Church, restoration and such of a Mpls landmark. However, because that money comes from other sources, doesn't that free up their own money to spend on whatever hate organizations the Catholic church wants to fund? I feel the same way here. Just because they are supposedly not going to publicly support gay organizations doesn't mean they aren't going to do it privately. I will believe it (maybe) when Dan Cathy tearfully apologizes and angers all those CFA appreciation day bigots.

    Posted by: AJ | Sep 19, 2012 9:40:45 AM


  14. I don't buy it either, and I'm not buying Hate-Fil-A. We can all live healthier without that kind of food anyway. Let the Republicans eat there and get Coronary Artery Disease.

    Posted by: Jack M | Sep 19, 2012 10:01:43 AM


  15. I definitely don't trust Dan Cathy and the bigwigs at CFA, but I will take them by their word and see what happens. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. Doesn't mean I'll eat there, but we'll see what happens. Because what is clear is if they go back on their word on this, there will be HELL to pay.

    CFA saw their brand ratings drop and drop and drop and realized their decision hurt business. That's the only reason why this decision was made.

    Posted by: Francis | Sep 19, 2012 10:06:39 AM


  16. Wow... its a step forward. I guess I can stop glaring at the people I see in the Chik-fil-A drive through now.

    But I'm still not buying a sandwich!

    Posted by: Lucas H | Sep 19, 2012 10:07:17 AM


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  19. They're lying.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Sep 19, 2012 10:39:11 AM


  20. I guess all those "Christians" who showed up to get their brownie points for pretending to be the best "Christian" by eating chicken aren't getting people the pats on the back they did on that first day. Typical right-wing "Christian" - it's all show and as soon as the bragging gets tiresome to others, their commitment to the fight ends.

    Posted by: James | Sep 19, 2012 11:40:35 AM


  21. Yay. Now I can eat at Chick-Fil-A again!

    Posted by: Andy | Sep 19, 2012 11:50:17 AM


  22. But Fox News said it was all about free speech.... The whole premise of this story is wrong (according to them...).

    I guess Fox News will be issuing a correction today?

    (yeah, right....)

    Posted by: TonyJazzTon | Sep 19, 2012 12:02:00 PM


  23. Too late, we already know the owners are anti-gay and took a stand to show the world that they use their money to support anti-gay Christian hate groups. Their failed attempt at public relations is too little too late, the cat is out of the bag, we know who they are and what they are, anti-gay Christians who spend millions of dollars to stop LGBT people and even gave millions to support kill the gays in Africa. We don't forget and we don't forgive and we will not give you money for your greasy chicken even if you put on the happy face and lie to us about how you will not attack gays now, you can not be trusted and you have proven that beyond a doubt when you used your money to support killing gays. Now they lie to get their business back to make more millions to support the destruction of LGBT people, what a bunch of evil anti-gay Christian scum they are. They care about the money not the people, that should be plain to see what they put first now and then. I do not buy it and never will support business that use their money to support hate and destruction of any human being.

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 19, 2012 12:22:53 PM


  24. What happened Chick-fil-A? Weren't you able to stand the pressure? Did you lose some money in that first quarterly report? Didn't the board of trustees like those numbers? Are states pressuring the way you handle your donations? Yeah b**** ! It sucks to lose money because of us gays doesn't it? Shut the f*** up and start treating LGBT like human beings. In your face b****.

    Posted by: Bob Latino | Sep 19, 2012 12:54:27 PM


  25. Found this on their website:
    http://www.chick-fil-a.com/FAQ#?category=1

    Posted by: Stan D | Sep 19, 2012 1:06:11 PM


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