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Chick-fil-A Continues Donating to Anti-LGBT Organization

Chick fil aPost submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

It’s time to talk about Chick-fil-A again.

Just days after the fast food chain reportedly agreed to cease donations to groups that promote discrimination, the Advocate is reporting that just this Tuesday, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy  tweeted a photo from an event raising funds for an anti-LGBT group, the Marriage and Family Foundation.

In speaking about the revelation, HRC Vice President of Communications Fred Sainz said: “Chick-fil-A can’t claim to be turning over a new leaf while simultaneously funneling thousands of dollars towards a group that does not acknowledge the dignity and respect of LGBT people….This issue is not – nor has it ever been about – whether a particular organization supports marriage equality. It is about the fact that Dan Cathy’s personal views are leading to corporate dollars being used to prop up groups that demonize and spread malicious falsehoods about LGBT people. Americans can agree upon the values that make our country great – fairness, respect, and dignity for all. There are a number of organizations that work to promote these types of values. Unfortunately, Chick-fil-A is continuing to support organizations that do not reflect mainstream American values.”

In addition to being out-of-step with most Americans, Chick-fil-A’s current anti-LGBT donations are simply bad for business – and this summer’s earlier controversy adversely impacted their brand. According to According to YouGov’s BrandIndex, Chick-fil-A’s perception with consumers dropped from a 65– nearly 20 points above the national average for other fast food chains – to a 39 in the week after Dan Cathy’s proud and very public embrace of his company’s anti-LGBT practices.

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