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Chick-Fil-A Has Spent $5 Million On Groups Trying To Stop Gay Marriage

by David Badash on July 2, 2012

in Bigotry Watch,Discrimination,Marriage,News,Religion

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Chick-Fil-A, the Atlanta-based fast food chicken restaurant that specializes in Christianity, has used its more than 1600 outlets to fuel its zest for stopping same-sex marriage, spending $5 million between 2003 and 2010 on anti-gay organizations and hate groups, including $2 million in 2010 alone.

The company, which was founded in 1946, and uses the tagline “Eat mor chikin” in its advertising, “donated over $3 million to organizations like the Family Research Council and Exodus International between 2003 and 2009. And in 2010 alone, Chick-fil-A donated over $1.9 million to anti-gay causes, more than any other year for which public records are available,” according to a report released today by Equality Matters, a part of Media Matters. The report details the organizations Chick-Fil-A has supported, and notes:

The WinShape Foundation is Chick-fil-A’s charitable arm, created by Chick-fil-A founder and chairman S. Truett Cathy in 1984. WinShape has received a substantial amount of funding from Chick-fil-A: in 2010 alone, WinShape received $8,067,161 from Chick-fil-A Inc.

Some of the other anti-gay organizations and hate groups Chick-Fil-A’s money has supported include Marriage & Family Foundation, Fellowship Of Christian Athletes, and the Georgia Family Council. The Family Research Council (FRC), mentioned above, is a certified anti-gay hate group.

Florida teacher Jerry Buell, who last year wrote on Facebook that same sex marriage almost made him throw up, is a member of the Fellowship Of Christian Athletes.

Wikipedia adds:

S. Truett Cathy is a devout Southern Baptist; his religious beliefs have a major impact on the company. The company’s official statement of corporate purpose says that the business exists “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.” Cathy’s beliefs are also responsible for one of the chain’s distinctive features: All Chick-fil-A locations (company-owned and franchised, whether in a mall or freestanding) are closed on Sundays, as well as on Thanksgiving and Christmas.


Zack Ford at Think Progress notes:

Groups like the National Organization for Marriage and One Million Moms continue to be unsurprisingly silent about whether Chick-fil-A should instead “remain neutral in the culture war.”

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Rsyk July 2, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Really? Calling the FCA a hate group?
You realize that pointing out that specific teacher as a member of FCA has about as much relevance as pointing out the Mussolini was a politician. The FCA has so many local branches among hundreds of schools, you're not going to have to go far to find one that's anti-gay. You probably wouldn't have to go far to find one that's pro-gay either, but I suppose that isn't as newsworthy as this.

alicia_75633 July 3, 2012 at 10:19 am

I was the president of my FCA and I was a openly gay lesbian.

Robroberts2009 July 3, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Jesus Christ, could I hate Chick-fil-a anymore than I already do? Why does this restaurant exist, it seems merely to try and make gay lives more difficult. Fuck chick fil a

ru1dt August 1, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Holy crap, Jerry Buell said something on Facebook! And he's a member of the multi-million member FCA?!

Better tie the two together, then, for the sake of the children.

kromney August 3, 2012 at 6:14 am

Omg really people who cares what this guy is spending his own money on its his businss so let him do what he wants its HIS right. People needto stop being so overly sensitive and move on jeeze

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