Has Chick-Fil-A ceased its anti-gay donations?
January 28, 2013 2 Comments
It appears that the fast food chicken chain may have indeed turned over a new leaf, but to what extent remains unclear.
According to the leader of one of the LGBT groups that enacted a boycott against Chick-Fil-A, after it donated millions to various anti-gay causes, the company’s 2011 IRS 990 tax documents show no such activity.
Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride, writes in a HuffPost guest article that he reviewed the documents and found no donations to groups like The Family Research Council or to Exodus International.
Windmeyer writes that he spent months talking with, and even hanging out with, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy.
“As Dan and I grew through mutual dialogue and respect, he invited me to be his personal guest on New Year’s Eve at the Chick-fil-A Bowl. This was an event that Campus Pride and others had planned to protest. Had I been played? Seduced into his billionaire’s life? No. It was Dan who took a great risk in inviting me: He stood to face the ire of his conservative base (and a potential boycott) by being seen or photographed with an LGBT activist. He could have been portrayed as “caving to the gay agenda” by welcoming me. Instead, he stood next to me most of the night, putting respect ahead of fear,” writes Windmeyer.
“This is why, after discussions with Dan and Chick-fil-A, Campus Pride suspended our campaign,” he says in the piece, noting,”Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A could have noted this publicly earlier. Instead, they chose to be patient, to engage in private dialogue, to reach understanding,and to share proof with me when it was official. There was no “caving”; there were no “concessions.” There was, in my view, conscience.”
Windmeyer’s piece does not come without controversy, however. As one commenter over at Towleroad writes,”According to the full article, Cathy still does not believe in same sex marriage. Windmeyer takes a “Let’s agree to disagree attitude”, similar to the one gay Republicans take in order to sleep at night. No thanks.”
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