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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. Too little, too late.

    Posted by: Alan | Sep 19, 2012 1:54:18 PM


  2. I trust them even less than I trust Target.

    Posted by: Randy | Sep 19, 2012 3:44:19 PM


  3. Not so sure this is kosher...seems like it's just one Chicago politician and one organization no ones ever heard of saying they've changed their ways

    Posted by: Jeff NYC | Sep 19, 2012 5:03:30 PM


  4. This is purely damage control by a company who's trying to recover from a CEO who's private actions have damaged the reputation of that company. They need to FIRE HIS ASS. Publicly and very specifically stating that his personal views, while his own, do not reflect those of the company he founded. Then he can be a evil asshat as a private person and fund whatever he likes without affecting the company.

    Posted by: Michael Vilain | Sep 19, 2012 5:26:39 PM


  5. It's clearly a ruse and a pandering. I STILL will not eat their Artery-clogging crap sandwiches. So there.

    Posted by: thom | Sep 19, 2012 7:20:42 PM


  6. If companies are people and people vote with dollars then the destination of the restaurant’s donations are open for public debate. It very well should be an issue as to where peoples’ hard-earned money goes after the chicken goes down their gullet. This issue has made our little feathered friend the modern martyr as Chick-fil-A laughs all the way to the bank. Watch the poultry be nailed to the cross and pierced by the spear of destiny at the hands of those devious cows on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/08/holy-rollin-poultry-on-cross-chick-fil.html

    Posted by: Brandt Hardin | Sep 19, 2012 7:54:35 PM


  7. Now let's see them donate money to PFLAG, The Trevor Project, and AMFAR

    Posted by: KDNA | Sep 19, 2012 9:43:13 PM


  8. Do NOT be fooled by this. They are finding it harder to get permits to expand into the northern states so they issue this bs statement - not even through their OWN offices - to say they have changed their policies.

    We need to continue the boycott until the CEO is removed. Nothing has changed until that moron is pushed out of his job.
    The boycott is working. It is hurting their business. Franchise owners are pissed at the CEO and are applying pressure for him to go. We need to continue our boycott so franchise owners keep losing money and continue to push for him to go.

    You don't think a boycott works ? Take a look at what happened with the Susan G Komen charity - it may have taken a few months but even the woman at the top of the charity, the one who actually CREATED it has been pushed out. Hitting these businesses and charities in their bank balances works. It works every time. CONTINUE the boycott.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Sep 20, 2012 12:46:58 AM


  9. OH, GOD, SOME OF YOU SWALLOWED THIS PR CRAP -- the chain used the naive Chicago organization to look good. Nothing was said about the OWNERS, who are the big donors and the big mouths.
    DO NOT EAT THERE, THE PROFITS GO TO HATERS

    Posted by: Bob | Sep 20, 2012 2:32:22 AM


  10. I'm just imagining a large group of chickens attacking and seriously damaging a Chick-Fil-A diner a la Hitchcock's "The Birds." Then a hysterical woman in the diner cries out, "Why are they doing this? They said when you got here the whole thing started. Who are you? What are you? Where did you come from? I think you're the cause of all of this. I think you're evil. EVIL!"

    Then she slaps Dan Cathy in the face.

    Posted by: Robert K. | Sep 20, 2012 3:36:39 AM


  11. I can't wait for the Religious Right to lament that even Chick-fil-a has succumbed to the gay agenda. (Not that I believe that Chick-fil-a has actually done so.)

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Sep 20, 2012 1:06:04 PM


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