How 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.
Change.org 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.