Conservatives freak out as Chick-fil-A drops homophobic donations

  • 11/18/2019 11:12 pm ET Sneha Konda

After facing heat for several years now, Chick-fil-A has announced that it will be making changes to charitable donations it supports.

The Atlanta-based company will no longer donate to two reportedly anti-LGBTQ organizations.

As of 2020, the fast-food giant will focus on donating to “education, homelessness and hunger.” The Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes did not cut that list. Both organizations have a history of opposing same-sex marriage, according to CNBC. And Chick-fil-A has donated millions to them previously.

A spokeswoman for Chick-fil-A told the Thomson Reuters Foundation those obligations have now been fulfilled.

“We made multi-year commitments to both organizations and we fulfilled those obligations in 2018.”

The fast-food chain operates across 2,400 cities. Airports across New York, Buffalo and San Antonio blocked the company from setting up shop. Several college campuses have also barred the joint.

In 2012 the company’s CEO Dan Cathy said he believed in “biblical definition of the family unit” — marriage should only be between a man and a woman. This set the stage for boycotts and controversies galore.

Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor who had even coordinated a national appreciation day for the chain, freaked out.

 

Twitterati are all riled up because they didn’t think a chicken sandwich could get any more political. But Chick-fil-A hasn’t ruled out any charities from future considerations. The company’s president and COO Tim Tassopoulos said in a statement to VICE:

“No organization will be excluded from future consideration–faith-based or non-faith-based.”

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