Chick-Fil-A stops donating to anti-LGBTQ organizations

The Chick-fil-A foundation announced plans to stop making donations to several Christian groups that hold biblical views about the definition of marriage.

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Lara Cayci

Now, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Salvation Army, and the Paul Anderson Youth Home will not be receiving any donations. Instead, Chick-fil-A will donate $9 million to the Junior Achievement USA, the Covenant House International, and several local food banks.

Chickfila has had its fair share of fame among people for its long history of supporting political organizations hostile to LGBT rights. For some activists who have never eaten their juicy sandwiches, that may be all they know about the company. 

While Chick-Fil-A had previously claimed to stop supporting homophobic groups in an effort to discount these complaints, they hadn’t followed through. ”

However, that is going to change in the near future. The Chick-fil-A foundation announced plans to stop making donations to several Christian groups that hold biblical views about the definition of marriage. They specified that the company will be narrowing down to “a smaller number of organizations working exclusively in the areas of education, homelessness, and hunger,” in a press release from Nov. 18. Now, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Salvation Army, and the Paul Anderson Youth Home will not be receiving any donations. Instead, Chick-fil-A will donate $9 million to the Junior Achievement USA, the Covenant House International, and several local food banks.

While many people are rightfully celebrating in the chain’s recent progression towards LGBT acceptance, some are apathetic towards the change in direction. Some are even disappointed due to pulling from the Salvation Army specifically, (despite their history of homophobia).

In the past, the company’s public image and standing with the LGBT community was damaged, with the chain facing criticism and condemnation from politicians and gay rights activists. While Chick-Fil-A had previously claimed to stop supporting homophobic groups in an effort to discount these complaints, they hadn’t followed through. However, in this past year, activists and political officials also worked to ban the restaurant from college campuses, airports and elsewhere. Also, the company’s much anticipated UK launch was reverted after protesters in Reading made it clear that its first UK branch would also be its last. Maybe, they’ll finally commit to their claims this time.