In what appears to be a clear victory for proponents of LGBT rights, Chick-Fil-A has announced the company’s intent to “no longer give to anti-gay organizations.” This announcement also confirms something that should be a very obvious axiom; it’s not good business to alienate a large segment of American consumers.
A press release from The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA), states:
In a letter addressed to Alderman Moreno and signed by Chick-fil-A’s Senior Director of Real Estate, it states, “The WinShape Foundations 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.” Winshape, a non-profit funded by Chick-fil-a, has donated millions of dollars to anti-LGBT groups, including some classified as hate groups, such as Focus on the Family and the National Organization for Marriage. In meetings the company executives clarified that they will no longer give to anti-gay organizations.
Alderman Proco Moreno of Chicago and TCRA had been in negotiations over the building of a Chick-Fil-A franchise on Chicago’s Northwest side. Moreno was able to secure some important concessions from the company, in return for an end to his vocal opposition to the project. From Raw Story:
TCRA noted that the company had clarified that groups like Focus on the Family and the National Organization for Marriage would cut off from future donations.
This is a major victory in the civil rights battle the LGBT community has found itself waging against the ‘Christian conservative’ movement.
Earlier this year, Chick-Fil-A became embroiled in the issue when founder Dan Cathy, said they were “guilty as charged” of being opponents of equal rights for marriage. For a short time the entire country watched the imbroglio, as Chick-Fil-A fought with Muppets, along with its own stated principles and Change.org. Everyone from Stephen Colbert to Sarah Palin weighed in on the battle, after it was escalated by Mike Huckabee called for a Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day.
But these new developments make it clear that celebrations by conservative ideologues can’t sustain a healthy business model. Cheers to every American who stood their ground in favor of equal rights for all.