Only a day after LGBT groups across the nation declared a win over Chick-Fil-A regarding their anti-gay donations, things have popped up that cast dark shadows over that hope.
Chick-Fil-A has just released a statement which includes the following...
A part of our corporate commitment is to be responsible stewards of all that God has entrusted to us. Because of this commitment, Chick-fil-A’s giving heritage is focused on programs that educate youth, strengthen families and enrich marriages, and support communities. We will continue to focus our giving in those areas. Our intent is not to support political or social agendas.
It's dancing around terminology to say they won't support political or social agendas. In their minds, they're just supporting "family friendly" groups, regardless of how those groups work to restrict our civil rights.
It seems naive that Chick-Fil-A would suddenly change their ways due to a backlash from the LGBT Community, especially since they clearly (from the recent actions) seem to have much more support from their side than detractors from our side.
Before today's public statement by the chain, there was still plenty of doubt about whether Chick had turned over a new leaf...
"The fact is that Chick-fil-A has not commented on any of these 'what if' statements or shared anything to substantiate the claims by Chicago Alderman Proco Joe Moreno and the Illinois-based Civil Rights Agenda," wrote Campus Pride Executive Director Shane L. Windmeyer, whose group had "several conversations and two in-person meetings" with Cathy in recent weeks, in a blog for HuffPost Gay Voices. "It may be weeks, months, or even years before the claims by Alderman Moreno are found to be true -- or false."
Added Fred Sainz of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in an email statement: "Chick-fil-A can’t claim to be turning over a new leaf while simultaneously funneling thousands of dollars towards a group that does not acknowledge the dignity and respect of LGBT people."
So don't be fooled by quick internet supposition.