Chick-fil-A has pledged to stop giving money to antigay groups and to not engage in social or political debates, a Chicago-based lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy group reports.
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.
“We are very pleased with this outcome and thank Alderman Moreno for his work on this issue,” Anthony Martinez, executive director of TCRA, said in the statement. “I think the most substantive part of this outcome is that Chick-fil-A has ceased donating to organizations that promote discrimination, specifically against LGBT civil rights. It has taken months of discussion, both with our organization and with the Alderman, for Chick-fil-A to come forward with these concessions and we feel this is a strong step forward for Chick-fil-A and the LGBT community, although it is only a step.”
Said to be titled “Chick-fil-A: Who We Are,” the fast food chain’s “internal memo” reportedly states that they will “treat every person with honor, dignity and respect-regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation and gender.” HuffingtonPost.com 9/19/2012
The New York Daily News says that a Chick-fil-A representative, asked for comment, would only say the company plans to “leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena,” but did not confirm that the donations would end.