Chick-fil-A Doesn’t Just Hate Kale; They Hate Gay Marriage, Too

chick-fil-a ceo truett cathy gay marriageHow I see it, there are myriad reasons not to eat at Chick-fil-A: Their factory-farmed chickens and sandwiches loaded with 570 calories and 27 grams of fat are the first two that come to mind. But this week, they’re adding to the list of faux pas: First, they slammed a Vermont kale farmer with a lawsuit (because people might confuse his small-scale t-shirt production with their large-scale advertising slogans, obviously), and new reports also say that they oppose gay marriage, too. reports that WinShape, the charitable foundation started by Truett Cathy, Chick-fil-A’s CEO, and his wife, Jeanette (the couple is pictured above), blatantly opposes gay marriage by way of refusing service to homosexual couples:

Now comes some email correspondence that Good As You has shared on their blog, where the WinShape Foundation’s Retreat Center — a center run by the charitable arm of Chick-fil-A — admits that they have a severe distaste for LGBT people.

The email correspondence goes a little something like this. Someone writes WinShape an easy question about whether their retreat center is open to LGBT people. WinShape’s response:

“WinShape Retreat defines marriage from the Biblical standard as being between one man and one woman. Groups/Individuals are welcome who offer wholesome, educational conferences and programs that are compatible with Biblical values and WinShape’s purpose,” WinShape wrote back.

Kind of some corporate speak, right? So the activist wrote back: can you just give a clear-cut answer? And WinShape confirmed:

“We do not accept homosexual couples because of the statement in our contract.”

Which is not just deplorable, but also a good reminder to think about who you’re funding when you decide where to buy your food. And did I mention the factory-farmed, high-calorie food? Gross.

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    • Lauren

      This is not news. Chick-Fil-A has been OPENLY against gay marriage and OPENLY supporting straight camps for years. Seems like the author really missed the boat on this one, but it’s really OK, because apparently a lot of other reporters did too. Once something ends up on HuffPost, everyone finally decides its worth talking about (aka- plagiarizing).

      • Briana Rognlin

        Hey Lauren, I didn’t plagiarize — I quoted my sources and used my own words to discuss the issue. It may not be news to you, but it is to a lot of people, and part of my reasoning for choosing to write about this was the attention Chick-fil-A got for their lawsuit over the Kale t-shirts last week; when people are reading about a company or an issue, we think it’s good to keep the discussion going.

    • Hanna Brooks Olsen

      They brought a Chick-Fil-A to our college campus right before I graduated and there were a bunch of protests because they openly fund Focus on the Family. But the information about them not serving gay couples is new to me–and even more disturbing.

    • Dee

      This is old news. I read about this crap almost a solid year ago. So you’re pretty much beating an old dead horse. However, there has never been a case where they discriminated against a gay person and refused to serve them. That’s just BS. The only reason people are in an uproar is because they donated food to a Christian program, which they have every right to do because they are a private establishment.

    • Ann

      Please should not be discriminated against because they do not support gay marriage, Get over and focus other things. To expect 80 something year olds to support what they do not believe in is a waste of time.

    • Jason

      Why is it okay to come out and write stories with false accusations (THey do not serve gay people for example) showing your hate for someone elses beliefs. You are just as bad as those people who picket soldiers funerals because they claim “God” is punishing them for being gay. You are both far left and far right however your both incorrect. God loves ALL his children. Even those that do terrible things like murder and steal. Even those who spread false rumors or hate. But the truth is if you do believe in God then you know that marriage is ordained between a man and a women

    • Jan

      Um, hello? Chick-fil-a is a christian company. The bible doesn’t agree with gay marriage, so they as a company do not. They don’t discriminate against gays. It just supports christian organizations. WHO CARES? This is crap writing, because you just wrote utter nonsense about a well-respected company because it follows the owners religious beliefs. Nice. And, also, they don’t “refuse to serve LGBT people” if they refuse to sponsor an event going against their beliefs.

      • Briana Rognlin

        Hi Jan, I didn’t say that they don’t SERVE LGBT customers; as David mentioned above, that is a nonsensical idea.

        Personally, I do care about whether I’m putting my money towards profits and charities that discriminates based on sexual orientation, and judging by the number of people reading this post, I’d say I’m not the only one.

        And, as a side note, there are Christian churches that support same-sex unions, and some that have openly gay priests.

      • Melinda

        Don’t want your money to go somewhere you don’t want it to? Then don’t eat at CFA. Line your little pocket with it, or donate it to your little pro-same sex marriage organization. Problem solved. But then, why would Miss Rognlin want to do that, when she could just sit there and bitch and write articles just to bait comments?

        Sad day when a private establishment gets raked through the coals just because they believe in the sanctity of heterosexual marriage and Christian values.

    • David

      People are commenting on the fact that “Chick Fil-A does not serve gay couples”. That’s a mis-reading. The article states that it is Chick Fil-A’s non-profit foundation’s marriage program, WinShape, that does not serve gay couples. Honestly, do people think there’s a screening process at the drive-through window?

      As for the article itself, what a hissy fit! Why exactly don’t you like Chick Fil-A? Is it they have food with calories, they try to protect their intellectual property, or that they act on their principles? Or that a company with principles is allowed to exist and profit in America. Pick one, maybe.

      How is using a male-female Biblical marriage model to help married men and women a bad thing? I’m sure much of their program is based not just on the Bible but on the specific psychology of a man relating to a woman and a woman relating to a man. To cry foul on that is sort of like picketing the Cat Clinic because horses are referred elsewhere. As if the very words “Cat Clinic” are equivalent to “Horses Should Suffer and Die.”

      • Melinda

        I’ll take a stab and guess that she’s probably ticked off because CFA actually has principles. God forbid!!

        CFA has my support. As well as male-female marriage.

    • Melinda

      “we think it’s good to keep the discussion going.”

      Yeah… that’s what it is.. *eyeroll*