An investigation by Equality Matters into the political donations made by company Chick-fil-A reveals that, despite claims by the company’s president Dan Cathy that Chick-fil-A has “no agenda” when it comes to gay people, the company has given over $1 million to organizations supporting anti-gay initiatives including so-called reparative therapy designed to “cure” gay people.
The investigation came about after a spot of controversy in January when a Pennsylvania Chick-fil-A restaurant sponsored what was billed as a “traditional marriage” event.
Wanting to know where Chick-fil-A stood on the matter, LGBT rights advocates called for a position statement from the owners whereby Dan Cathy dismissed allegations the company was anti-gay, saying that the one restaurant’s actions were to be considered an isolated incident.
“We have no agenda against anyone. While my family and I believe in the Biblical definition of marriage, we love and respect anyone who disagrees,” said Dan Cathy in a written statement, adding that the company would not “champion any political agendas” relating to marriages or families.
Not so says Equality Matters – and they’ve got the 2003-2008 IRS forms of Chick-fil-A’s charitable arm WinShape to prove it.
In its investigation, Equality Matters reveals donations have been made to several groups with strong anti-gay credentials, including:
Equality Matters lists other anti-gay affiliations the company has fostered as well as drawing attention to a company spokesperson’s questionable statements regarding termination of employees for “sinful” behavior and how the company favors (presumably straight) married employees because it believes they are more productive.
Of course, what a company does with its money is its own business, but Chick-fil-A can not claim that its anti-gay donations are in any way an “isolated incident.”
Nor can it hide behind the meme of just supporting “traditional marriage” when it has been shown to also support groups who go a lot further than that and peddle the damaging and false assertion that one can use religious based reparative therapy to change a person’s sexual orientation, a practice that is rejected by the overwhelming majority of the mainstream medical community as being at best ineffective and at worst extremely damaging.
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