Is Chick-fil-A now pro-gay?
Well, last week's reports that Chick-fil-A is succumbing to LGBT activists by halting its contributions to groups that oppose same-sex marriage might have been overblown.
L.A. has been a hotbed of anti-Chick-fil-A activism: Should the boycott be called off? One blogger points out that, despite the reports, it doesn't appear anything has changed at the chicken chain:
Anne Sorock at Le*gal In*sur*rec*tion argued recently that “the media were falsely reporting that Chick-fil-A had decided to cease donations to 'anti-gay' groups.”
Frankly, it's not certain whether or not that's true.
The Los Angeles Times noted last week that the restaurants' continued support of anti-gay groups “remains unclear.”
Original reports about the so-called end to Chick-fil-A's anti-gay crusade focused on Chicago Alderman Proco Joe Moreno, who said the restaurant vowed to pull its cash from anti-same-sex-marriage groups. In exchange, he said, he would pull his opposition to a Chicago-area expansion.
But it appears Moreno's assertion wasn't true.
The chain moved to clarify its donations policy over the weekend. But its statement only seemed to confuse matters:
A part of our corporate commitment is to be responsible stewards of all that God has entrusted to us. Because of this commitment, Chick-fil-A's giving heritage is focused on programs that educate youth, strengthen families and enrich marriages, and support communities. We will continue to focus our giving in those areas.
That policy has applied in recent months, the company says, when its stance on giving vis-a-vis gay marriage has been “mischaracterized.”
If you're confused, so are we. But that latest statement about God and marriages — along with that claim that its policies have been “mischaracterized” rather than announcing a commitment to change those policies — makes us think that maybe this eatery still isn't exactly a pro-gay utopia.
So buy your chicken accordingly.
[h/t Fishbowl LA].