Chick-fil-A just blinked on gay marriage

The Civil Rights Agenda, an Illinois advocacy group focused on sexual orientation issues, says a letter from a Chick-fil-A executive to a Chicago alderman indicates the Georgia-based fast-food chain is backing off its financial support for political opponents of gay marriage.

From group’s website:

In a letter addressed to Alderman [Joe] 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.”

Winshape, a non-profit funded by Chick-fil-a, has donated millions of dollars to anti-LGBT groups, including some classified as hate groups, such as Focus on the Family and the National Organization for Marriage. In meetings the company executives clarified that they will no longer give to anti-gay organizations.

Jim Burruss of WABE (90.1FM) reports that he just got off the phone with Moreno’s office, which confirmed the letter and its content as outlined above.

The New York Daily News is quoting an unnamed Chick-fil-A representative as saying the company plans to “leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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200 comments Add your comment

CJ

September 19th, 2012
12:06 pm

If true, then I’ll gladly go back to eating at Chik-fil-a. For me, this was never about speech; it was about withholding financial support from causes that I oppose.

Keith

September 19th, 2012
12:18 pm

Focus on the Family is a hate group???? Oh dear lord that’s funny.

Georgian

September 19th, 2012
12:19 pm

This would be a welcome development…

Wilbur

September 19th, 2012
12:21 pm

Well, this gay chicken will cross the road for some waffle fries regardless of what you think about me.

CT

September 19th, 2012
12:22 pm

Something doesn’t ring true here. As much as I would like to believe this has happened, I don’t see WinShape ever referring to Focus on the Family or the National Organization for Marriage as being “anti-gay” even if they have decided to withdraw donations. This “statement” seems suspect to me. I’m hopeful, but wouldn’t be surprised if this isn’t bogus.

BTG-1

September 19th, 2012
12:25 pm

Focus on the Family a hate group. Oh. I get it. You disagree with me and my beliefs so you hate me! Oh the hyperbole and false victimization designed to demonize, cow, and marginalize any opposition. But don’t worry, one day it will be people like me who belive that there is a God and that He has a plan for human sexuality that will be persecuted openly because we “hate” those we disagree with based on our religious convictions.

Tom

September 19th, 2012
12:26 pm

CT, I doubt that’s how CFA or WinShape would characterize them. I’m guessing that adjective was used by the group issuing the statement regarding the letter from CFA’s rep.

jordan

September 19th, 2012
12:27 pm

This is all painfully silly. We have liberals refraining from eating at chik-fil-a because they give money to support their opinion on gay marriage, at this point it makes sense, boycotting, however the prevailing thought behind much of the liberal push, that chik-fil-a shouldn’t be allowed to use their own resources in much the same way the liberals are is just so hypocritical and typical of idiotic mainstream America. Saying one group can use or withhold their resources to support their beliefs but another can’t is unbelievable. I doubt that letter is authentic. And saying Focus on the Family is a hate group? Yeah they were labeled that by the Southern Poverty Law Center, that’s like saying the Neo Nazis label the NAACP a hate group, and then I later say ” The NAACP is classified as a hate group”. Yes I just used an extreme, but wake up people.

jeffrey

September 19th, 2012
12:28 pm

If true, I can finally enjoy my chicken again… Hate is not a family value!

Donald

September 19th, 2012
12:30 pm

I agree with Keith. Focus on the Family a hate group? Their a Christian ministry dedicated to helping families thrive. How about the hatred spewed at any “Occupy” protest, which is real hate speech. I guess only those of certain political beliefs get to classify others as hate groups.

medic130

September 19th, 2012
12:30 pm

Improper use of grammar by a reporter appalls me. “Says it ’seen’ a letter” is like a kindergartener speaking. Just kills me.

Roberto

September 19th, 2012
12:31 pm

Disagreement does not equal hate.

Bennett

September 19th, 2012
12:31 pm

“Some classified as hate groups.” Classified BY WHO might be important to include Jim.

I guess we can refer to most churches as local hate centers now.

MyPatootie

September 19th, 2012
12:32 pm

The organization, Southern Poverty Law Center, that the media uses as a guideline for designating “hate groups” is nothing more than a hate group themselves, and should be on their own list. This guy that runs it, Potok, is basically an “ACLU Angel”. They even had the “Traditional Family Values” group in CA on their list simply because they were fighting against gay marriage in that state. As someone else on here said, they rate you as a hate group just if you disagree with their opinion and ideology.

Enough!

September 19th, 2012
12:34 pm

Why is this being brought up again weeks later? CFA hasn’t changed their beliefs. Don’t trust anyone from the Civil Rights Agenda to get anything right. They have an agenda all right………

No Longer Republican

September 19th, 2012
12:35 pm

Somehow I do not think it is true. And yes Focus on the Family can be classified as a hate group with some of the rhetoric that comes out of there. I used to be one of those right-wing nutjobs that listened to Dr. James Dobson everyday and bought his crap until I really started reading the Bible.
I don’t the Chic Fil A has changed its policy. I will wait for Dan Cathy to announce it before I head back. I do miss the food and convenience. But giving ALL Americans the freedom to be who they are and marry the one they love is much more important than my convenience.

Andy

September 19th, 2012
12:35 pm

Reebok

September 19th, 2012
12:36 pm

God, I hope they blink! I have missed their breakfast biscuits something fierce!

Philip

September 19th, 2012
12:36 pm

I have yet to understand? I think sleeping around before marriage is wrong. Am I a hater? Almost everyone I meet around me has done that and many continue to do that. I work, eat, play, connect, talk, and connect with all these people. I don’t hate any of them. But I am still teaching my children to wait, and I will support causes that encourage people to do likewise.
How does disagreeing with someone equate to hating someone. I don’t get it. And why can’t people or business support causes they believe in and others can’t? It doesn’t make any sense.

the cat

September 19th, 2012
12:38 pm

Agree that Focus on the Family er bank account is a hate group.

John

September 19th, 2012
12:38 pm

I guess that means they will not be donating to any group connected with any religion. Religion is the root of most of the evil on this planet!

Bob

September 19th, 2012
12:39 pm

This sounds like a good first step. Hopefully they make a public announcement as well. It would be nice to be able to eat their yummy sandwiches again.

Ken

September 19th, 2012
12:40 pm

Those groups are classified as hate groups because they spread lies about gays, such as saying gays are more likely to be pedaphiles than straights (lie). Its not because they oppose gay marriage. Hope this clears up peoples confusion. Also hope it makes clear why liberals are boycotting.

John

September 19th, 2012
12:40 pm

Maybe its hard to accept but it is what it is. It takes a man and a woman to make children which result in a family. If you decide to be gay then you give up that right. No hate. Just facts. Thx.

K-Ster

September 19th, 2012
12:41 pm

“…as a company, they will ‘treat every person with honor, dignity and respect-regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation and gender’”.

Well done! Isn’t that what Christianity is all about in basic form?

<3

Andrew

September 19th, 2012
12:41 pm

Sucks when an organization spends millions of dollars on spreading lies to win an agenda. Helps to fund horrific laws in Africa that imprison people or worse kill people all because they can’t deal with a man loving a man or a woman loving a woman is and will always be a hate group. Focus on the family has ties to Uganda’s kill the gays bill has ties to National Organization of Marriage which in states across this country have lied about funding, and lied to keep gays from getting married all in the name of Jesus? Pathetic haters will never win.

Jerome Horwitz

September 19th, 2012
12:42 pm

Think the designation of FoF as a hate group comes from their support of African organizations that openly call for legal penalties for homosexuals. Personally, glad to see that Chik Fil A is assessing their priorities. May eat there again. It’s within everyone’s right to support/not support companies where they don’t agree where they spend their money. Until the Cathy’s change they won’t see mine. How you spend yours is a personal decision.

Will

September 19th, 2012
12:42 pm

Any two loving parents with children make up a family, John. No hate. Just facts. Thx.

melshop

September 19th, 2012
12:43 pm

First, they have never had a policy of supporting political organizations. So, if they are re-evaluating, then they are simply looking at groups which they thought were ministerial but actually became political. Second, they haven’t donated millions of dollars. A total of $2,000 was donated to two such groups in 2010. None has been donated since. I think a total of less than $200,000 has been donated over a 20-year period to political groups, and that includes donations made voluntarily by employees. Third, FOTF and NOM have never been classified as hate groups. Family Research Council was classified as a hate group by the Southern Law Poverty Center, but many feel that was an inappropriate move because FRC hasn’t done anything to qualify it as a hate group and SLPC only made the classification out of political reasons. Lastly, I am quite sure Chick-fil-A will still give the groups which help many married couples, counseling groups, traditional marriage conferences and so forth since they are not political. I am sure that will be classified as “anti-gay” rather than what they are “pro-marriage.” Misinformation continues.

Jose

September 19th, 2012
12:43 pm

I do not agree with inter-racial marriage. I do not believe blacks should sit in the front of public transportation. I believe women have no place in the workplace. I believe Catholics are a cult and unamerican because they listen and take instructions from a monarch sitting in the vatican.

These are all opinions so it’s not hate.

DannyX

September 19th, 2012
12:46 pm

Not sure Focus on the Family is a hate group, but they are a sick bunch. George Rekers the anti gay crusader was caught with a male prostitute, Rekers organization used to be connected with Focus on the Family.

James Dobson the Focus on the Family director once offered this conversion therapy advice to parents that suspected they had a gay child, pretty sick stuff:

Meanwhile, the boy’s father has to do his part. He needs to mirror and affirm his son’s maleness. He can play rough-and-tumble games with his son, in ways that are decidedly different from the games he would play with a little girl. He can help his son learn to throw and catch a ball. He can teach him to pound a square wooden peg into a square hole in a pegboard. He can even take his son with him into the shower, where the boy cannot help but notice that Dad has a !#^!$, just like his, only bigger.”

-James Dobson

Showering with your son to show the kid your manliness????

Zinc

September 19th, 2012
12:46 pm

Some of you need to get your head out of the sand. SPLC is far from a hate group and to call them that is downright humorous. But I guess that doesn’t support conservative viewpoints. I dare you to look further into Focus on the Family. I have no doubt that they do some good things. But they take opposition on issues too far….they produce demonizing propaganda, spread lies and equip their followers (including politicians) with misinformation for the sole purposes of pushing an agenda. And given that the agenda targets discrimination of a specific demographic of society, that is pretty close to a hateful act. I don’t understand how promoting unequal treatment of people is a humane, Christian or family focused act.

John

September 19th, 2012
12:47 pm

“Any two loving parents with children make up a family, John. No hate. Just facts. Thx.”

Not exactly. You can’t defy nature. Adopting is one thing but I am sorry no it does not. If you put all of the gays on an island, and the lesbians on another and wait 100 years, you have nothing left. Be what ever you want. No hate, Just Facts. Thx.

Call It Like It Is

September 19th, 2012
12:50 pm

Once again this is beyond silly. You ask an 80 year old man who started his business on bibilical standards and closes on Sunday, if he believes in traditional marriage, and when he says yes, you act shocked and protest. You people are idiots. KKK hate group, Black Panthers hate group, Focus on the Family not so much. If you can’t see the difference the shame is on you.

DannyX

September 19th, 2012
12:51 pm

“You can’t defy nature.”

Sure you can. Straight couples and gay couples use in vitro fertilization all the time.

Jim

September 19th, 2012
12:51 pm

Philip: You can believe whatever you dern well please. You can also practice and teach whatever you please. When your actions discriminate against others is where the line in the sand is. You can say whatever you please too, but, your words may cause others to “feel” negative feelings (hate, anger, sadness, etc.). Negative feelings sometimes cause negative actions. If you keep an open mind, experience will teach you these things. Keep it closed and believe only your own beliefs and you will repeat this lesson over and over and continue to not “understand”.

John

September 19th, 2012
12:52 pm

“Once again this is beyond silly. You ask an 80 year old man who started his business on bibilical standards and closes on Sunday, if he believes in traditional marriage, and when he says yes, you act shocked and protest. You people are idiots. KKK hate group, Black Panthers hate group, Focus on the Family not so much. If you can’t see the difference the shame is on you.”

Thank you.

John

September 19th, 2012
12:54 pm

“You can’t defy nature.”

“Sure you can. Straight couples and gay couples use in vitro fertilization all the time.”

LOLL. Exactly my point. It took a man and woman to make the child. No hate, just facts. Be what you want to be. No one cares.

K-Ster

September 19th, 2012
12:55 pm

Homophobia is like a fatty on a diet: you want what you know you can’t allow yourself to have.

Call It Like It Is

September 19th, 2012
12:55 pm

“Focus on the family has ties to Uganda’s kill the gays bill”

We have a winner folks for by far the dumbest post of the day.

Roberto

September 19th, 2012
12:56 pm

I think stampeding over people at midnight after Thanksgiving is wrong? Who do I hate?

I think stampeding over people for a $300 pair of tennis shoes is wrong? Who do I hate?

I think Obama is wrong for our country. Am I a racist?

I think Michelle Bachman was not right for our country? Am I a white woman hater?

I DO hate the Dallas Cowboys. Ah ha! Common ground for a lot of us.

DannyX

September 19th, 2012
12:59 pm

Chick-Fil-A caved in.

John

September 19th, 2012
1:01 pm

“Chick-Fil-A caved in.”

When they start opening on Sundays is when they cave in.

K-Ster

September 19th, 2012
1:04 pm

Chick-fil-A finally realized fast food is NOT a church…

cole

September 19th, 2012
1:10 pm

The fact that there is still this much hate in the world is unbeleivable. I am a lesbian and you judge me and my life based on who I am in love with. I have a family and they are my world. You have no right whatsoever to tell me that my family is anything less than yours based on your minimal brain function and your barbaric views. You don’t know me or any of the other millions of people who are gay well enough to speculate your opinions. I have a very strong relationship with God and my family and until the day when you are completely and totally free of sin and completely righteous in the eyes of the lord it is not your place to judge anyone.

Emma

September 19th, 2012
1:18 pm

I guess gay, liberal, progressive and moderate dollars are just as green as discriminatrory conservative dollars.

Imagine that!

K-Ster

September 19th, 2012
1:21 pm

Amen, Cole! These old white “Christian” men had to stop owning blacks, so they moved on to holding women down in society. Then when women gained rights, these old white “Christian” men had to move on to re-hating on the black folk. Then when black citizens gained full rights, old white “Christian” men started to bash the gays. Now that gays are fighting for their rights, old white “Christian” men are in a flustercluck trying to hate on the women (abortion), blacks (Obama) (Muslims), and gays (marriage) all at the same time.

Ever opened too many programs on a computer? IT CRASHES. Word to the wise…

Wilbur

September 19th, 2012
1:26 pm

So, if Jesus wants to have supper with 12 dudes- no one at chic-fil-a will look sideways at him.

Shari

September 19th, 2012
1:30 pm

oh look at BRG-1 using hyperbole and false victimization designed to demonize, cow, and marginalize any opposition to his opposition. Cry me a river poo widdle you!!