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- Why did Chick-fil-A cross the road, pull funds for gay marriage foes? - CSMonitor.com
The restaurant chain said Wednesday it henceforth will 'leave the public-policy debate over same-sex marriage to ... the political arena.' Chick-fil-A has said no more, but key business factors probably played into its change of course.
- Chick-fil-A Is Raising Money This Very Week for an Anti-Marriage Equality Group | Advocate.com
President Dan Cathy tweeted a photo this week from a Chick-fil-A backed fundraiser for a group once described as antigay by an investigation of the company's giving.
Bigotry Is Bad For Business
It passed with little notice, that Chick-Fil-A has decided it will leave the debate over same-sex marriage to the political arena.
While it may seem like a victory for advocates of gay, lesbian, etc equality. The decision may more a matter of removing a hindrance to the company's desire to expand beyond the South. Much of this started when the Mayor of Boston, and a Chicago Alderman blocked applications for restaurants on the grounds of the company's and it's President's opinions. If the company wishes to expand into places like California, college campuses, and more progressive cities, it needs to change its stance.
Or are they just going to keep quiet? The company can easily still support reactionary politicians, and as The Advocate reported, they can easily back homophobic groups indirectly.
I can only hope the the Human Rights Campaign, and other groups working for equality continue to keep monitoring and pressuring Chick-Fil-A and other businesses who oppose equality not just for homosexuals, but women and other outgroups to change their practices.