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), Illinoisâ€™ 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-Aâ€™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 â€śChick-fil-A: Who We Areâ€ť where they declared thatÂ they will â€śtreat every person with honor, dignity and respect-regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation and genderâ€ť and that their â€śintent is not to engage in political or social debates.â€ť
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.
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?