A Maryland Juice reader urged us to cover recent allegations that fast-food chain Chik-Fil-A supports anti-gay organizations and causes. Earlier this year, the LGBT-oriented publication Metro Weekly highlighted the company's sponsorship of events by groups who oppose "the homosexual lifestyle." A Huffington Post writer noted that the company's response was as follows:
In January Chick-Fil-A president Dan Cathy defended the chain saying, "We're not anti-anybody... Our mission is to create raving fans."
Cathy was also forced to respond to gay activists' claims after the company provided lunch at a marriage-training event sponsored by Pennsylvania Family Institute.
Cathy asserted, "While my family and I believe in the Biblical definition of marriage, we love and respect anyone who disagrees."But the story is now back in the news, because it appears that though Chik-Fil-A claims to love and respect those who support marriage equality, the company still donates millions of dollars to fight LGBT rights. The same HuffPo article noted the following:
Want a side order of anti-gay rhetoric with your chicken sandwich?
Chik-Fil-A might be able to help you with that.
According to EqualityMatters.org, the fast food company donated nearly $2 million in 2009 to groups that have anti-gay agendas....
In recent months students attending at least six universities, including University of North Texas, Mississippi State University, and the University of New Orleans, have launched petitions asking their schools not to support anti-LGBT businesses like Chick-Fil-A.
LGBT activists have also staged protests at a number of the chain's locations throughout the country, including Chicago and Hollywood.I am truly disappointed by this development. I love Chick-Fil-A, but there are 57 places in Maryland that I won't be eating at anymore: