CHICAGO- The national uproar over Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy’s comments against marriage equality may have just paid off. Chicago city Alderman Joe Moreno has just announced that Chick-Fil-A will begin reevaluating its multimillion-dollar donations to anti-LGBT politicians and anti-marriage equality organizations, such as the Family Research Council which was recently listed as a “hate-group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The donations, which were made under Chick-Fil-A’s nonprofit WinShape Foundation, triggered massive demonstrations for and against the Atlanta-based fast food chain with conservative anti-same sex marriage customers staging a Support Traditional Marriage at Chick-Fil-A Day on August 1st, and a pro-marriage equality demonstrators staging a Kiss Day a week later where same-sex couples embraced throughout various Chick-Fil-A restaurants throughout the country.
Chick-Fil-A senior director of real estate sent Moreno a letter stating “the WinShape Foundation is now taking a much closer look at the organizations it considers helping, and in that process will remain true to its stated philosophy of not supporting organizations with political agendas.” Moreno responded by saying that after weeks of negotiations, Chick-Fil-A is showing real progress in addressing “the very legitimate concerns of the LGBT community.”
In addition to the reevaluation of donations to anti-LGBT organizations, Chick-Fil-A is also going to include sexual orientation to its anti-discrimination company policy. Moreno indicated he will put an end to his efforts at blocking construction of new Chick-Fil-A restaurants in the city of Chicago just as soon as the company makes good on its promise of taking a friendlier, more inconclusive stance towards the LGBT community.