Chick-Fil-A having a change of heart?

Hrm, reports are coming out that Chick-Fil-A might be ready to do a 180 on its financial support of hate groups.

A Chicago-based lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy group reports that the restaurant chain — which was at the epicenter of a media firestorm this summer after its president confirmed his company’s anti-gay stance — has agreed to cease donations to right-wing groups that oppose same-sex marriage.

In a press release, the Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA) cites Alderman Moreno as confirming that Chick-fil-A officials declared in an internal document that the company “will treat every person equally, regardless of sexual orientation.” TCRA reportedly served as an advisor to Alderman as he negotiated these concessions with Chick-fil-A executives, though details of exactly what those negotiations entailed remain unclear.

I’ll believe it when I hear it out of Dan Cathy’s mouth.

Not that such a reversal is unbelievable.  If history has taught us anything, it’s that the fight between all-powerful god and the almighty dollar was conceded by the church long, long ago.

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  • invivoMark

    Not really a 180. They still aren’t donating to LGBT equality groups.

    But it’s a damn good sign that, while we may have lost the battle this last summer, we are definitely winning the war.

    • Nate Frein

      I would not be surprised if the surge of people eating at Chick-Fil-A petered out after a month or two. The issue has largely faded into the background and I suspect that by now most anyone who promised to “support” CFA has largely returned to their normal spending habits, while the people who swore off the restaurant are continuing to just not shop there. The fact is, it’s easier to give up a single franchise than it is to sustain an increased consumption. I suspect that, long term, CFA realised that they had lost more customers than they gained.

      Still, this isn’t really enough to convince me to start eating there again. I don’t really see this internal memo necessarily reflecting enforceable corporate policy. This looks, to me, like grandstanding.

  • David

    I wonder what all the people who stood inline in “support” will be saying now. Maybe the same thing they are saying about Dr. Pepper?

  • ganner

    If it’s true, I’ll be getting myself a chicken sandwich soon. I’ve missed eating there over the past few years.

  • Loqi

    A change of heart? More like a change of profit. As it turns out, alienating huge swaths of potential customers is bad business. Who knew?

    Still will never eat there (and not just because there aren’t any to be found in my part of the country). You don’t get to take a big, steaming shit on your fellow man and then turn around and say, “Sorry, we won’t do it again, now give us your money!” CFA can continue fucking off.

  • Peter N

    Yeah, color me unimpressed also. It might be all about profit, as some have said; it might be an empty and unenforceable p.r. move to try to get a franchise in Chicago (was it this same Alderman Moreno who vowed to block them this past summer?); it might be a true change of heart — possibly a revolt by the corporate Directors against Dan Cathy. I don’t care. It scarcely makes up for the harm CFA has done.

  • Glodson

    I will believe it when I see it. But it is good news for us that want equal rights for everyone. Even if the company is going to try to funnel money to anti-gay causes, the fact that they would try to hide it shows that the message is seeping in, the message that this type of bigotry is not going to be tolerated.

    In twenty years, many people are going to look back at their support of a company like Chick-fil-A, and bigoted politicians, and they will be embarrassed.

  • ara

    this doesn’t change the fact that eating there still funnels money to the WinShape Foundation. They, in turn, may not be sending that money to groups with anti gay political agendas, but they still use that money to fund their own (and other?) anti gay ministerial agendas. I’m no more interested in supporting the one than the other and will continue to not eat there.

  • Nicole Introvert

    I won’t be eating there until I see some WinShape financials.

  • Rob

    If history has taught us anything, it’s that the fight between all-powerful god and the almighty dollar was conceded by the church long, long ago.

    I don’t think that’s necessarily true. Chik-fil-a still hasn’t announced opening on Sundays.