Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A, has denied that the company had re-evaluated its stance on donating money to anti-equal marriage charities, despite a letter from the company suggesting it had.
In a statement, posted online by Mike Huckabee, Mr Cathy said:
“Chick-fil-A made no such concessions, and we remain true to who we are and who we have been,” reported ABC news.
“There continues to be erroneous implications in the media that Chick-fil-A changed our practices and priorities in order to obtain permission for a new restaurant in Chicago. That is incorrect.”
On 19 September, Chicago alderman, Joe Moreno, said in a press release, that he had finished negotiations with Chick-fil-A, and that the company had agreed to stop funding charities with a political agenda, including those opposed to equal marriage. The letter from Chick-fil-A, addressed to Mr Moreno, read:
“The WinShape Foundations is now 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,”
Just more than 24 hours later, Chick-fil-A released another statement saying their donations had been “mischaracterised”, and that they had been trying to get out of the political debate for months.
Alderman Moreno, who represents Chicago’s Logan Square neighbourhood, had previously said he would use his aldermanic privilege to block the restaurant’s permit, meaning the city council members would have to defer to aldermen on local matters.
At the beginning of this debate, back in July the fast food company released a statement saying that it aimed to treat everyone with “honour, dignity and respect”, following Dan Cathy’s announcement that the company was “guilty as charged”, when he was asked about its perceived opposition to equal rights.