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Chick-fil-A Responds…And Muddies the Waters More

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

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As controversy grows over remarks made by Chick-fil-A COO Dan Cathy that the company was “guilty as charged” when it came to their track record of supporting anti-LGBT causes; a corporate statement just posted to the fast food chain’s Facebook wall may not be very successful in clarifying the company’s stance. The company says they respect all of their customers –regardless of sexual orientation – and, moving forward, don’t plan to go near the issue of marriage equality:

The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 Restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.

Chick-fil-A is a family-owned and family-led company serving the communities in which it operates. From the day Truett Cathy started the company, he began applying biblically-based principles to managing his business. For example, we believe that closing on Sundays, operating debt-free and devoting a percentage of our profits back to our communities are what make us a stronger company and Chick-fil-A family.

Our mission is simple: to serve great food, provide genuine hospitality and have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.

But it’s hard for Chick-fil-A’s statement to jive with what Dan Cathy said last week. In addition to proudly declaring “guilty as charged” when asked about the company’s anti-LGBT giving, Cathy later said: “We’re inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say we know better than You as to what constitutes marriage.”

It certainly sounds like Chick-fil-A’s COO has a very political stance on marriage equality.

Fair-minded customers now have the facts they need to decide whether they want to support a discriminatory company like Chick-fil-A. We invite you to take a stand by signing our pledge.

Chick-fil-A is headed by a man who is proud of his company’s anti-LGBT giving and has made some extremist statements concerning marriage equality. He also heads up Chick-fil-A’s WinShape Foundation, which doesn’t allow same-sex couples to participate in their marriage retreats.

Consumers now have to decide if that’s the kind of company they want to give their money to.

Join HRC in standing up to this discrimination. Sign our pledge now and let Chick-fil-A know that they are on the wrong side of history.

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