The company’s response, its second in as many days, was posted on its website after Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno announced the alleged policy change. Moreno said the change followed extended negotiations, and as a result, he would no longer try to block a Chick-fil-A restaurant from opening in his district.
The Georgia-based company’s said its corporate giving had for many months been mischaracterized.
“A part of our corporate commitment is to be responsible stewards of all that God has entrusted to us. Because of this commitment, Chick-fil-A’s giving heritage is focused on programs that educate youth, strengthen families and enrich marriages, and support communities” the statement said. “We will continue to focus our giving in those areas. Our intent is not to support political or social agendas.”
It did not say whether that includes gay marriages.
The company’s president, Dan Cathy, set off a furor this summer when he reaffirmed his opposition to same-sex marriage. Long lines formed outside Chick-fil-A restaurants on an “appreciation day” and opponents countered with “kiss-ins” by same-sex couples at assorted locations.
Cathy is a devout Southern Baptist whose family has always been outspoken about its faith. Cathy’s comments in July were in keeping with the tradition established by his father, Truett Cathy, who started the chain in 1967 and never allowed franchises to open on Sundays.