UPDATED 1:50 PM PT — Tuesday, November 19, 2019
After years of protests from LGBTQ groups, Chick-fil-A is saying it will stop donating to some Christian organizations who are against the community.
In a Monday news release, the fast food chain said it would start donating to causes focused on education and homelessness in 2020. Some of these initiatives will include donating $25,000 to local food banks near each of its new locations.
American fast-food chain Chick-fil-A is pulling its support for organizations accused of homophobia as its expansion into new markets such as Toronto continues to be met with vociferous protest by LGBTQ groups and allies. https://t.co/78QDxKJTc8
— Toronto Star (@TorontoStar) November 19, 2019
The ongoing criticism of the company has stemmed from its CEO Dan Cathy’s open expressions of his religious views, which has been instrumental in the company’s infamous Sunday closures.
“We’re a business that has got a long track record of being respectful of other people,” stated Cathy. “I personally expressed a view of support for the biblical definition of marriage — it was not an anti-this or anti-that statement at all.”
The three main organizations Chick-fil-A has said it would no longer donate to include the Salvation Army, Paul Anderson Youth Home and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Although the company has tried to reassure customers it donated to these organizations based on their philanthropic efforts and not their ideologies, LGBTQ activists found it difficult to make the distinction.
Demonstrations took place at many Chick-fil-A grand openings across the United States. This prompted the U.K.’s only Chick-fil-A to announce its closure, after only six months of business. Toronto’s first location was also swarmed by protesters upon its opening.
Last month, a Chick-fil-A location closed in the UK after outrage over the company’s charitable ties to anti-LGBTQ2 organizations https://t.co/CWp2sUqTWB
— Xtra (@XtraMagazine) November 18, 2019
Not everybody was happy with Chick-fil-A’s latest decision to appease a possible new range of customers. Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott implied he would visit a different fried chicken chain after hearing the news.
I'm headed to Bill Miller's tonight.https://t.co/2u2VrquGjn
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 19, 2019
Chick-fil-A projected it would give a total of $32 million to worthy charities under its new policies by the end of 2020.