Activists: Chick-fil-A Promises to Stop Giving Money to Anti-Gay Groups


Chick-fil-A, the restaurant chain that drew both anger and applause this summer when its president denounced same-sex marriage, has agreed to stop making donations to anti-gay groups, according to the Chicago-based group The Civil Rights Agenda.

The TCRA wrote in a press release this afternoon that Chick-fil-A's charitable arm, WinShape, will no longer give money to "political" organizations—including anti-gay ones.

According to campaign group Equality Matters, WinShape gave nearly $2 million to "anti-gay causes" in 2010, such as the Family Research Council, which is designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

According to TCRA, one of Chick-fil-A's directors wrote to Chicago Alderman Proco Moreno to assure that:

"The WinShape Foundation 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."

Contacted by BuzzFeed, Chick-fil-A would not confirm or deny TCRA's report. A spokesman sent a general statement that said: "We have no agenda, policy or position against anyone."

The company had already posted a similar statement on Facebook on July 19:

"The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect—regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. ... Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena."

It followed public outcry over comments by company president Dan Cathy that "we are inviting God's judgment on our nation" by accepting gay marriage.