Gay Rights groups claim victory after statement from Chick-fil-A
Chick-fil-A is once again clarifying its core values as a business, after Chicago alderman Proco Moreno claimed the restaurant chain promised to no longer give to conservative groups.
In a lengthy statement released Thursday, the company said its “corporate commitment is to be responsible stewards of all that God has entrusted to us.”
“Chick-fil-A’s giving heritage is focused on programs that educate youth, strengthen families and enrich marriages, and support communities,” the statement continued. “We will continue to focus our giving in those areas.”
Although the statement suggested Chick-fil-A will continue to support conservative, pro-family ideals, the statement did say, “Our intent is not to support political or social agendas.”
After Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy publicly voiced support for traditional marriage this summer, Moreno vowed to block construction of the restaurant in Chicago.
But earlier this week, the alderman relented on his opposition, saying Chick-fil-A “promised that its not-for-profit arm would not contribute money to groups that oppose gay marriage.” (Emphasis added)
This statement is the key. Following Moreno’s comment, many criticized Chick-fil-A for “caving” to gay rights supporters.
A group known as the The Civil Rights Agenda released a statement based on comments from a letter Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno apparently received from Chick-fil-A’s director of real estate, saying it would no longer donate to “anti-gay” organizations.
On their website, TCRA says their mission “is to maintain and increase individual rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer citizens in Illinois.”
Although national media outlets are reporting that Chick-fil-A will no longer be donating to certain pro-family groups such as Focus on the Family and the National Organization for Marriage, a copy of the letter to Moreno has not been publicly produced. Now some pro-gay media columnists are even questioning its existence.
“Alderman Moreno and the Civil Rights Agenda chose to claim a ‘win’ by issuing a press release on Wednesday announcing that Chick-fil-A had stopped funding anti-gay groups and that the company had added ‘sexual orientation’ to the its anti-discrimination clause,” wrote Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride, in a blog post in The Huffington Post on Thursday. “This claim was based on an internal Chick-fil-A memo and supposed conversations between Chick-fil-A and the alderman.”
“But let me be clear: Chick-fil-A has not made any public statements or changes in policy. It may be weeks, months, or even years before the claims by Alderman Moreno are found to be true — or false.”