Chick-Fil-A No Longer Hates Gay People…Will You Eat There Now?

Ever since Chick-fil-A’s president, Dan Cathy, uttered the now infamous “guilty as charged” statement over his anti-gay marriage stance, the fast-food chain has been paying a hefty price. Brand approval ratings have plummeted and the nation remains divided on whether to boycott or continue eating there. But now, Chick-fil-A is ushering a new stance, and guess what? They don’t hate hay people anymore!

According to a press release issued yesterday by the Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA), Illinois’ leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights advocacy organization, Chick-fil-A will no longer give money to anti-gay organizations. It’s about time.

In a letter signed by Chick-fil-A’s Senior Director of Real Estate, the company says they will no longer donate to Winshape, a non-profit funded by Chick-fil-a, which has donated millions of dollars to anti-LGBT groups:

‘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. In meetings the company executives clarified that they will no longer give to anti-gay organizations.

The fast-food chain also revised their internal policies and sent a memo to franchisees and stakeholders entitled “Chick-fil-A: Who We Are” where they declared that 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.”

Clearly, this is a stance that is long over-due. And clearly, it’s an effort by management to keep their sales from dropping. But is it enough, or is it a little too late?

Rick Garcia, policy advisor for The Civil Rights Agenda, thinks it’s a step in the right direction, but not enough:

Although we are encouraged by their internal statement, we would still like for the company to adopt an anti-discrimination policy at the corporate level. 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.

Agreed.

Tell us what you think. Does this revised stance change your mind about Chick-fil-A? Gay or not, will you give them your money?

 

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    • Bo, the Eat More Kale guy

      http://www.economist.com/node/21551090 Chick Fil A are corp. Bullies. Trying to shut my micro t-shirt business down. I’ve been in business for 11 yrs in Vermont. Had never heard of or seen a Chick-Fil-A when I first printed EAT MORE KALE t-shirts. Now 11 yrs later CFA is blocking my trademark attempts and are pursuing a Cease and Desist order against me. They say I’m confusing their customers?

    • Lastango

      Sigh… I would have walked miles to eat at Chik-fil-A when they were defending their (and our) right to free speech against a thuggish political assault led by elected officials abusing their office.
      Now that they’ve caved, I wouldn’t eat there if they gave me their food for free.

    • Stinger51

      I have never eaten at Chick-fil-A. But after reading this article I will begin to do so. I really don’t care about their stance on gays & lesbians anymore than I care about Wal-Mart’s stance (if they even have one). I just want a good chicken dinner.

      BTW, no such thing as “gay marriage” exists. That is a false construct, foisted by the 1 to 2 percent gay community upon the rest of society. You don’t get to redefine the term “marriage” any more than you get to redefine the term “homosexuality” as being “gay.” Some of you people are anything but “gay.”

      You did the same thing with the term “gender.” Gender is a part of speech and has nothing to do with sex or sexuality, anymore than (to paraphrase Mark Twain) a lightening bug has anything to do with lightening. But we know the homosexual movement got this redefined so they could now include the “five” genders they insist are out there, made up genders in their own sick minds.

      You people are being too smart by one-half. You do not own the rainbow either. That symbol is defined in Gen. 9:12-17. So, every time you try to use it for your own sick purposes, you are pointing right back to the Bible. God will have the last laugh.