It took Chick-fil-A more than two days to confirm its latest anti-gay ties, this time to Pennsylvania Family Institute with an extended response on its Facebook page. In the meantime, a similar sponsorship in Kansas City rises to the surface. On Thursday, the chicken giant’s Atlanta corporate office finally released a lengthy statement to its more than three million Facebook fans. The gist? Yes, a Chick-fil-A franchisee is donating lunches to the Pennsylvania Family Institute's work to “protect marriage,” but please don't take it as anti-gay.
"To our Facebook community: First and foremost, thanks for your patience as we made sure we gathered the facts in regards to recent postings. We have determined that one of our independent Restaurant Operators in Pennsylvania was asked to provide sandwiches to two Art of Marriage video seminars," said the restaurant. "As our fans, you know we do our best to serve our local communities, and one of the ways we do that is by providing food to schools, colleges, civic groups, businesses, places of worship, not-for-profit groups, etc. At his discretion, the local Operator agreed to simply provide a limited amount of food. Our Chick-fil-A Operators and their employees try very hard every day to go the extra mile in serving ALL of our customers with honor, dignity and respect."Surprising no one in gay Atlanta, the rumor that the company said it was “looking into” turned out to indeed be true. Like our own plethora of comments on the story, Chick-fil-A fans on both sides went wild on Facebook and a petition against the chain gained more than 17,000 online signatures. Those on the side of gay rights quickly pointed out that this is nothing new for the minions of Truett Cathy’s crunchy, tasty, God-sanctioned empire. But here’s the twist that caught our attention: Next Wednesday, a Focus on the Family-led Kansas City event is also getting free Chick-fil-A lunches. Yup, that would be the Focus on the Family that eclipses Pennsylvania’s anti-gay marriage group by opposing all things gay on a national level, not just gay marriage. Also sponsored by a local Chick-fil-A owner, the Great Plains Alliance of Christian Schools’ annual Worldview Conference next week will ply 900 high school students and their teachers with yummy sandwiches and a presentation by AXIS, a college-student arm of Focus on the Family that travels its “Bible-based” message around the country. Bite down on that crispy tidbit with a side of waffle fries and chew.