Chick-Fil-A‘s support of anti-gay organizations has drawn quite a bit of ire in the past few years. But recently, the fast food chain’s tax forms have been released from 2009 (the most recent available), showing that WinShape, the restaurant’s charitable foundation created by Chick-Fil-A Chairman S. Truett Cathy, has been giving plenty of dough to vehemently anti-gay organizations. Many of the groups seek to ban same-sex marriage. And a few of these groups even endorse reparative therapy – or “praying the gay away.”
If this doesn’t make you want to put down that chicken sandwich, we don’t know what will:
Marriage & Family Legacy Fund: $994, 199
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
In addition to these numbers, it’s estimated that Chick-Fil-A, voted as the third most popular restaurant chain in the country, has donated as much as $1 million to anti-gay groups between 2003 and 2008, according to Equality Matters. The chain also came under fire in Pennsylvania when they provided free lunch to a marriage event sponsored by the Pennsylvania Family Institute which banned gay and lesbian couples from participating. Student activists at colleges and universities around the country have even created a petition that seeks to boycott the restaurant chain on the basis of its anti-LGBT activities.
The corporate purpose, as stated in a company press release, says it all: “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us, and to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-Fil-A.”
Being gay, however, isn’t on the menu.