Chick-fil-A stopped supporting anti-gay organizations . . . but not really
A couple months ago, I got to spend two lovely weeks writing about fried chicken and the idiots who ate it. Two weeks. Chicken. Idiots. Such is the state of modern political discourse.
Following that colossal shitstorm, Chick-fil-A vowed that it would change its ways and no longer give money to anti-gay organizations like NOM or Focus on the Family. Well then, everything's all right then, isn't it?
Allow me to welcome you to the wonderful world of corporate loopholes! Chick-fil-A happens to own and operate the WinShape Foundation, which every year puts on the WinShape Ride of the Family. Yup, you can see where this is going, right? The ride benefits the Marriage and Family Foundation, which -- you guessed it -- works to keep marriage equality from ever happening, and by asking donors to write out their cheques to the Marriage and Family Foundation, Chick-fil-A can get away with claiming not to fund anti-gay organizations. They're just convincing other people to do it for them! That's entirely different.
That long ride is a fundraiser for an organization that helps lobby against marriage equality. Registration forms for the event ask that checks be sent, not to the WinShape Foundation that Chick-fil-A operates, but directly to the Marriage and Family Foundation at 5200 Buffington Road in Atlanta, Ga.
The forms say the ride fee is $3,500 for each individual or couple. But sponsorship packages posted online show that organizations could pledge $5,000 for "silver" status, $10,000 for "gold" or $15,000 and more to reach "platinum." The Chick-fil-A logo accompanies everything, and so does the WinShape name, but it's unclear whether the foundation continues to make donations. (From The Advocate)
At the risk of being a downer here, did anyone else not see this one coming? This is a company run by a man who came out against gay marriage. It's easier for a company to pretend it believes in something it doesn't than it is for logic and reasoning to convince the person running it to change his or her mind.
Find a dick and suck on it, Chick-fil-A. I'm just going to go eat at Popeye's.