Chick-fil-A Backs Down, Will Stop Funding Anti-Gay Groups
The boycotts and vociferous protests of Chick-fil-A's anti-gay stance appears to have worked. An Illinois-based gay rights organization has announced that the company will no longer fund anti-gay organizations, according to Boston Spiritmagazine.
The furor over Chick-fil-A's anti-gay stance was sparked by their president's harsh anti-gay marriage stance. "I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,'" Dan Cathy said.
What followed that statement were protests, same-sex "kiss ins" at Chick-fil-A locations and (unconstitutional) threats from elected officials to punish the business.
Now, the Illinois group, The Civil Rights Agenda, says that Chick-fil-A announced the policy change in a letter. "In meetings the company executives clarified that they will no longer give to anti-gay organizations, such as Focus on the Family and the National Organization for Marriage," a press statement from The Civil Rights Agenda states.
The organization also reported that "senior management has sent an internal memo to franchisees and stakeholders that stated that, as a company, they will 'treat every person with honor, dignity and respect-regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation and gender.'"
The executive director of The Civil Rights Agenda, Anthony Martinez, praised the move. "I think the most important part of this outcome is that Chick-fil-A has ceased their donations to anti-gay groups in 2011 and going forward. With some of the groups that they were donating to being classified as hate groups, and others actively trying to halt the movement toward full civil rights for LGBT people, Chick-fil-A has taken a big step forward," he said.