Shocking as this might seem given Chick-fil-A’s “heartfelt hospitality,” but if you’re a married gay, the Atlanta-based
restaurant chain and its marriage retreat center don’t want anything to do with you.
The makers of those tasty sandwiches with the juicy pickles that cause gays with a conscience so much heartburn is back in the gay blogosphere this week, just two weeks after trying to calm a brewing storm over its ties to some anti-gay groups and free food.
This chapter has to do with the WinShape Foundation, the North Georgia organization that Chick-fil-A built with funds from its chicken based empire. As we predicted earlier this month WinShape will help shape up your marriage, but only if it’s one between a man and a woman. Good As You, the blog that broke the story in the first place, stepped back into the fray on Wednesday by publishing an email exchange between some marriage-loving gays and the center, based in near Rome, Ga.
The question: “Are your programs open to homosexual couples or do you only support traditional marriage?”
The answer: “WinShape Retreat defines marriage from the Biblical standard as being between one man and one woman. Groups/Individuals are welcome who offer wholesome, educational conferences and programs that are compatible with Biblical values and WinShape’s purpose.”
Just to be clear: “We do not accept homosexual couples because of the statement in our contract.”
Chew on that the next time you want to wash down a Chick-fil-A sandwich with one of their tasty shakes. A portion of that money makes its way back to WinShape, which will use it to host anti-gay marriage activists and straight couples. In other words, not you.
And if you’re a slacktivist, Change.org is still pushing its online petition against the chicken king. More than 24,200 people had clicked to sign by Thursday morning.
There’s also this: Indiana University’s South Bend campus has dumped Chick-fil-A after gay students complained.