Chick-fil-A's chief still doesn't care for gay marriage, or whiny LGBT activists, but the Atlanta-based company does appear to be stepping back from pouring its charitable cash into the coffers of anti-gay groups.
A year after nearly doubling its anti-LGBT giving, Chick-fil-A’s WinShape Foundation apparently reversed course in 2012, eliminating nearly all its grantmaking. Its separate Chick-fil-A Foundation made about $120,000 in grant donations, including about $25,000 to the anti-LGBT Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Between 2010 and 2011, Chick-fil-A’s corporate foundations increased their grants to anti-LGBT groups like the Marriage & Family Foundation and the National Christian Foundation, from $1.9 million to more than $3.6 million. Neither of these organizations received a penny in 2012, according to the foundations’ 2012 Form 990s, publicly available tax documents filed by non-profit organizations. The foundations’ overall spending was roughly even, meaning more of its efforts were focused on its own programs. But the drop from $3,623,938 to $25,390 in anti-LGBT donations represented a reduction of more than 99.2 percent.
But hungry gays, don't go chowing down on the chain's tasty waffle fries just yet. Despite an award saying otherwise, Chick-fil-A is still run by a guy who is no “champion of justice and equality.” That's Dan Cathy (photo), who professes that he is gay agnostic but then shames the U.S. Supreme Court for dumping DOMA. He jogs with the gays but hates those “arrogant” gay activists. And then just lies about whether the company's family institute in north Georgia allows gay couples.
Even Shane Windmeyer, an LGBT activist once blinded by a bromance with Cathy, is hesitant to proclaim Chick-fil-A a safe space for gays.
“There is some, albeit small, progress there.”