Chick-fil-A donated almost $2 million to anti-LGBT groups in 2017
American fast food chain Chick-fil-A reportedly donated over $1.8 million to organisations with an anti-LGBT+ record in 2017.
The publication reports that Chick-fil-A also donated $6,000 to the Paul Anderson Youth Home and $150,000 to the Salvation Army in the same year.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a conservative Christian sports ministry, requires staff to abide to a “sexual purity” policing, which forbids all “homosexual acts.”
Chick-fil-A continues donations to anti-LGBT groups
Paul Anderson Youth Home, meanwhile, is a “Christian residential home for trouble youth,” that opposes equal marriage and homosexuality.
The Salvation Army has a previous history of advocating against legal protections for LGBT+ individuals in America.
“We are very much supportive of the family—the biblical definition of the family unit.
— Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy in 2012
However, the group has more recently said on its website that it is “committed to serving” the LGBT+ community in various ways, including providing shelter and addressing teenage suicide.
ThinkProgress’ investigation comes despite the council’s then president Jeff Finkle allegedly implying to the publication that donations to anti-LGBT+ groups would stop.
“I think if you look at where their donations were in 2010, 2011, and 2012—and where they are in 2018 and in the future—I think you’ll see a company that is changing,” Finkle told ThinkProgress.
Chick-fil-A’s gay rights history
Chick-fil-A has previously been criticised for donating large sums of money to anti-LGBT+ groups and opposing equal marriage,
In 2012, it emerged that Chick-fil-A had donated millions of dollars to anti-gay groups, including the Family Research Council, ‘gay cure’ group Exodus International and Focus on the Family.
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CEO Dan Cathy later confirmed the company was opposed to marriage equality and “guilty as charged” for backing “the biblical definition of a family.”
Cathy told Baptist Press at the time: “We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”
However, the company later put out a statement on Facebook following backlash, saying it would “leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”