It seems the powers-that-be over at Chick-fil-A have had a change of heart–or pocketbook. According to a variety of sources, the notoriously conservative fried chicken chain has promised to stop funding groups opposed to LGBTQ rights. The WinShape Foundation (Chick-fil-A’s non-profit) says it will “retain true to its stated philosophy of not supporting organizations with political agendas.”
Additionally, according to rawstory.com: In a memo, Chick-fil-A executives have also told franchisees and stakeholders that the company’s policy is to “treat every person with honor, dignity and respect-regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation and gender,” and the “intent is not to engage in political or social debates.” Those guidelines were included in a document titled “Chick-fil-A: Who We Are.”
It’s probably safe to say this was less a change of heart and more a buckling to political pressure and economic concerns. Perhaps the restaurants are suffering from not getting the gay dollar. If the company was going by what their customers allegedly want, you’d think they’d simply keep up with the hate-mongering and continue courting people like the Palins. No real word yet on the cause of the shift–although there have been plenty of activists pledging to keep Chick-fil-A out of their cities.
We’d like to think it’s because of this video:
Reminder: it was mere months ago that Chick-fil-A founder Dan Cathy said his company was “guilty as charged” in terms of working to prevent marriage equality. He also claimed anyone supporting gay marriage is “inviting God’s judgment on our nation” and said same-sex marriage is the result of a “depraved mind”–referring to it as “twisted up kind of stuff.”
Which begs the question, which we’re asking you: is this about face enough? Is this a genuine change in business practices or just an effort to placate queers? Weigh in below!
More on this as the story develops.