Chick-fil-A finally responds
Company’s statement counters alderman’s claims, but only partially
by Tiffany Owens
After three days of silence, Chick-fil-A has finally responded to a Chicago alderman’s claims that the company plans to stop funding groups that oppose same-sex marriage.
In a statement released late Thursday, the company affirmed its intent to continue supporting causes that “educate youth, strengthen families, enrich marriages and support communities.” But it also reiterated its previously stated intent to withhold support from any organizations with a political agenda.
The statement seems to have reassured some pro-family groups that nothing has changed. But others say the company’s response doesn’t really address questions about its future donation policy.
The current controversy over Chick-fil-A’s donations started earlier this week when Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno announced that he had formed an agreement with Chick-fil-A and would allow the company to open a franchise in his district. Moreno, an outspoken supporter of LGBT efforts, previously said he would oppose the company because of its support for traditional marriage.
On Sept. 18, Moreno said Chick-fil-A had promised to stop supporting organizations he deemed “hate groups.” Although company executives met with Moreno, it isn’t clear exactly what was said in regards to future donations.
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