Chick-fil-A issues official statement on restaurants' sponsorship of anti-gay org's event

Posted by JD Uy
January 6, 2011 4:46 PM |

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Chick-fil-A, Inc has offered the following on Facebook as a reply to the increasing controversy over their restaurants' support of anti-gay groups: 

''To our Facebook community: First and foremost, thanks for your patience as we made sure we gathered the facts in regards to recent postings. We have determined that one of our independent Restaurant Operators in Pennsylvania was asked to provide sandwiches to two Art of Marriage video seminars. As our fans, you know we do our best to serve our local communities, and one of the ways we do that is by providing food to schools, colleges, civic groups, businesses, places of worship, not-for-profit groups, etc. At his discretion, the local Operator agreed to simply provide a limited amount of food. Our Chick-fil-A Operators and their employees try very hard every day to go the extra mile in serving ALL of our customers with honor, dignity and respect.''

As noted earlier, Pennsylvania Family Instutute (creators of the Art of Marriage video seminars) is a group opposed to gay people being allowed legal marriage equality. The PFI site includes numerous posts complaining about "homosexuals" and gay rights issues.

Despite this latest statement by Chick-fil-A, the company was also listed as a supporter and "Lunch Sponsor" of a 2010 Citizens with Community Values event. The site for CCV states that it is officially affiliated with three terribly anti-gay groups: Focus on the Family, the American Family Association and the Family Research Council.


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