Chick-fil-A Decides it’s OK to be Gay!

And I think that means I can decide it’s OK to eat Chick-fil-A!!!

After months of negotiations with Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno over its anti-gay positions and donations, Chick-fil-A has agreed to cease donations from its non-profit charity to anti-gay organizations and issued a company-wide internal mandate calling for the equal treatment of all employees and customers.

Chick-fil-A Decides it’s OK to be Gay!

24 thoughts on “Chick-fil-A Decides it’s OK to be Gay!

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    It’s a good step forward. This is slap in the face to their religious supporters, too, who defended their bigoted charity. In the tug-of-war over gay rights, the progressives are slowly winning!

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    Every dollar that doesn’t go toward anti-gay organisations is a solid victory, IMO. And this wouldn’t have happened if people hadn’t taken things “too seriously” and gotten “emotional over chicken sandwiches,” and all that.

    It’s unlikely that this represents a change in anyone’s personal politics, but at least people aren’t directly funding the battle against my rights with every sandwich they eat.

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    Glad they changed their company policies but I doubt there was any real change of heart. It just hurt their business too much. While I’m happy for any reduction in the amount of money going to anti-gay hate groups I’m not about to cheer a company that needed a loud boycott to change it’s policies.

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    I’m not going back there any time soon.

    I think they realised that their supporters got bored, but the customers they lost stayed lost. I personally hope that enough of the people who walked away stay away, at least until something more positive happens.

    Don’t get me wrong, this is a step in the right direction. Just not a big enough step IMO.

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    I’m waiting on stronger confirmation that the hate groups no longer get any money. There’s room in the statements I’ve seen so far to funnel some money to these groups.

    If I do see stronger confirmation on what this means for their donations, I may head down there, get a sandwich, and let them know why I’m eating there.

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    Chick-fil-a made all this noise and got the homophobes riled up in support, and now they want credit for not giving them more money?

    This isn’t some reversal of position; they said back in July that they wanted “to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena” from now on. Everyone still knows what Cathy’s views are, and the people who rushed to support the company won’t suddenly change their tack. This doesn’t cost them anything. I’m not convinced they should get off the hook so easily.

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    I can live with them “not having a change of heart” so long as they don’t donate huge sums of money to organizations trying to limit the human rights of other people.

    I will eat there again, in fact I did.

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    Hobby Lobby is suing the government over the health care mandate claiming that as Evangelical Christians they shouldn’t have to pay for insurance that they don’t like. And are represented by Becket Fund group claiming religious freedom trumps the law. Becket group issued a statement 19 September attempting to clarify that the lawsuit is over morning after pills not birth control. I don’t care if a company wants to close on Sunday or any other day. They can play whatever kind of music they want. I don’t want to patronize any business that uses my money to fund groups or actions that infringe on the rights of others. The update makes me think Hobby Lobby is feeling the pinch.
    Ate at Chick-fil-a twice. Got sick both times (reaction to antibiotics), then I found out where the profits were going. Fortunately I have other fast food options with healthier donation policies.

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    gworroll called it.

    Although Chick-fil-A supposedly assured a Chicago alderman that it would stop donating to antigay groups, this week it held a fundraiser for one anyway.


    Although the company’s foundation might not be donating directly, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy tweeted a photo on Tuesday from the 2012 WinShape Ride for the Family. He wrote alongside the picture of a pack of motorcyclists: “WinShape Ride for the Family bikers locked and loaded for 200 mile ride to Wilmington out of Charleston.”

    That long ride is a fundraiser for an organization that helps lobby against marriage equality. Registration forms for the event ask that checks be sent, not to the WinShape Foundation that Chick-fil-A operates, but directly to the Marriage and Family Foundation at 5200 Buffington Road in Atlanta, Ga.

    The forms say the ride fee is $3,500 for each individual or couple. But sponsorship packages posted online show that organizations could pledge $5,000 for “silver” status, $10,000 for “gold” or $15,000 and more to reach “platinum.” The Chick-fil-A logo accompanies everything, and so does the WinShape name, but it’s unclear whether the foundation continues to make donations.

    The Marriage and Family Foundation was not only included in the investigation by Equality Matters of the fast-food chain’s questionable giving history, it was identified as the top antigay recipient in 2010. WinShape had given more than $1 million to the group in 2010 alone.

    Equality Matters explained the group’s history in detail. It was originally named the Marriage and Family Legacy Fund when it was founded in 2007 by a member of the Cathy family. In fact, the current Buffington Road address in Atlanta is now shared by Chick-fil-A’s headquarters.

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      the question would be ‘would providing letterhead and advertising be considered donating?’, i’d say yes.

      most of the money taken would have gone to the group anyway, there may have been take to cover letterhead(from a well known larger group) and advertising in the first place, might not have been free, but now it definitely is.

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