Chick-fil-A to Cease Funding of Anti-Gay Groups, Issue "Statement of Respect" For All Citizens

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Chick-fil-A says it will stop funding anti-gay groups, according to Chicago's Joe Moreno, the alderman whose opposition of a proposed Chick-fil-A on the Windy City's north side helped fuel the controversy surrounding the fast food chain.

The company has pledged to include a statement of respect for all sexual orientations in a memo to staffers and says that WinShape Foundations, its not-for-profit arm, would no longer contribute money to groups that oppose gay marriage.

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A memo, "Chick-fil-A: Who We Are," will be distributed to all employees and restaurant operators, encouraging them to "treat every person with honor, dignity and respect, regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender."

In a letter to Moreno, the company said WinShape is "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."

Since 2003, it has donated millions to groups that promote "traditional marriage," such as Focus on the Family and the National Organization for Marriage.

According to the Civil Rights Agenda, a Chicago-based LGBT advocate, Chick-fil-A execs "clarified that they will no longer give to anti-gay organizations."

The firestorm over the popular restaurant began this summer when Dan Cathy, its President and COO, said unequivocally that he opposes gay marriage.

The comments sparked boycotts, which in turn led to a Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day fueled by supporters. Conan also devised a hilarious new mascot for the chain.

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you guys treat gays as royalty just because their easy targets to bully...like seriously their mortal!!!!!!!!!!!...............so get over it!!!!.....

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That's why Calebb business should respect every single customer.They need money to stay open.Nice story.

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Funny story-I work at Kohls next to Chick.I constantly have lunch there.The nite mgr told me the statement was done because sales have been hurting the past couple weeks.The gays make a differ.

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Leave Chick Fil A alone! They have the right to take a stance though unpopular with many! It's a RIGHT! Get over it!

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@Disgusted, we already know about oppressing our rights. My taxes are going to them and I no longer can make a decent living for my family because these do nothing's are draining me. Yeah- we all have our cross to bear.

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You people are disgusting. Why would you go out of your way to push your close minded ignorant beliefs on other people and TRY to dictate their freedom to love. This country sucks and it's because of people like you. Religion does not control the law and just because that's your belief doesn't mean it's everyone's. If you ever wonder why the rest of the world hates America, take a good look in the mirror. I can only hope that someday you'll know what it feels like to have complete strangers oppress your rights and treat YOU like a dog, then you'll know how it feels.

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I'm sick of hearing about gays, we owe them nothing no more than anyone else! Who puts these people on a pedestal?

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How old were you when you choose to be straight? Tell us about your research? Do you ever revisit your decision [like Sen. Larry Craig or Rev. Ted] ?

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If one more of my comments gets withheld for moderation, I'm gonna fucking bitch someone out. This is a free site where people are sharing their views and opinions of events in our society. Why the hell are MY comments being moderated, when people who are saying much worse aren't? What the hell is wrong with this website?

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It's a question of morality and gays are overstepping in every way.

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