Chick-Fil-A may serve waffle fries, but they don't waffle on the issue of gay rights: They are definitely against them.
According to a new report from LGBT advocacy organization Equality Matters, the chicken-serving fast food joint donated nearly $2 million to anti-gay groups in 2009, the most recent year that data is available. That year's donations by Chick-Fil-A's charitable arm WinShape included $1,733,699 to six different religious organizations that Equality Matters has classified as "anti-gay":
--Marriage & Family Legacy Fund: $994,199Some of these organizations are "more" anti-gay than others. The Marriage and Family Fund, which received the majority of the donations, is a group that says it wants to promote "stable, lasting families," which sounds nice until you realize it was formed by the the Marriage CoMission, a coalition of groups formed to stand against "the downward spiral of marriage and the traditional family in America." Something tells us they're not out to protest straight couples getting divorced.
--Fellowship Of Christian Athletes: $480,000
--National Christian Foundation: $240,000
--Focus On The Family: $12,500
--Eagle Forum: $5,000
--Exodus International: $1,000
--Family Research Council: $1,000
Other groups are more explicit. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, for instance, preaches about "freeing" gays from a life of sin through God, while Focus On The Family's James Dobson has gone on record saying the "homosexual agenda is a beast [that] wants our kids."
Of course, Chick-Fil-A, has never been shy about its religious leanings -- as anyone who's tried to get a chicken sandwich on Sunday knows -- but the company has denied on multiple occasions that it has an anti-gay agenda, or even a political agenda of any kind. Do these donations put the lie to those claims?