Published: Tue, November 19, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Chick-Fil-A Vows To Stop Donating To Anti-LGBTQ Organizations

Chick-Fil-A Vows To Stop Donating To Anti-LGBTQ Organizations

The Salvation Army isn't going to allow their good name to be tarnished in the wake of Chick-fil-A's announcement that it would be no longer supporting "anti-LGBTQ" charities such as Christian organization the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

In 2018, the company gave the FCA $1.65 million, a group that requires student leaders to sign a sexual purity statement that says homosexual acts are unacceptable to God.

"Chick-fil-A. should unequivocally speak out against the anti-LGBTQ reputation that their brand represents", said Drew Anderson, GLAAD's director of campaigns and rapid response.

But the former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, a candidate in the US Republican presidential primaries in 2008 and 2016, accused Chick-fil-A of surrendering to "anti-Christian hate groups".

"When there is a tension, we want to make sure we're being clear". That's despite being closed on Sundays, a practice that goes back to its founder Truett Cathy's religious beliefs.

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Prior to today, Chick-fil-A has insisted that the company is not against the LGBTQ community, despite its CEO's public opposition to same-sex marriage and donations to controversial Christian groups. Additionally, the chain's lease at the San Jose airport was not renewed.

The chain, which runs more than 2,500 restaurants in the United States, Canada and Britain, is set to close its first UK outlet in Reading after protests from LGBT protesters.

FOX Business' inquiries to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and The Salvation Army were not returned at the time of publication. The company said that it was expanding partnerships with the education nonprofit Junior Achievement USA and the homeless-youth organisation Covenant House International and that it would dedicate $US25,000 to a local food bank following each new Chick-fil-A opening. The chain also still lacks policies to ensure a safe workplace for LGBTQ staff, it said. The spokeswoman added the company would focus its giving on "education, homelessness and hunger".

Chick-fil-A had previously given almost $2 million to the FCA and similar groups.

"We're saddened to learn that a corporate partner has felt it necessary to divert funding to other hunger, education and homelessness organizations - areas in which the Salvation Army, as the largest social services provider in the world, is already fully committed", the organization's statement read.

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