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Investigation: Chick-Fil-A's Long History Of Support for Anti-Gay Causes

March 22, 2011 10:03 am ET

SUMMARY: In January 2011, after suffering backlash from a Pennsylvania Chick-fil-A restaurant's sponsorship of a prominent anti-gay group's marriage seminar, Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy publicly announced that Chick-fil-A "has no agenda against anyone" and "will not champion any political agendas on marriage and family." Earlier this month, two Missouri organizations, the Clayton Chamber of Commerce and FOCUS St. Louis, decided to cancel a presentation by Cathy over his company's controversial affiliations. Cathy again claimed that his company was being misrepresented and that Chick-fil-A did not support anti-gay groups. Equality Matters investigated Cathy's claim and found that, in fact, Chick-fil-A has strong, deep ties to anti-gay organizations like Focus on the Family and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The company's charitable division has provided more than $1.1 million to organizations that deliver anti-LGBT messages and promote egregious practices like reparative therapy that seek to "free" people of being gay.  

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