The Good Guys Win One!
Breaking News: It would appear that Gay rights are Human Rights after all! Recent reports seem to indicate that gay rights activists’ boycotts of Chick Fil-A restaurants, as well as pressure from individual lawmakers, may have produced their desired result. The restaurant chain, known mostly for its Southern fried chicken sandwiches (and creepy cow mascot) and more recently for funding groups that would deny Gay Americans the same rights as their straight counterparts, has apparently come to the decision that it will no longer fund organizations that oppose marriage equality. ABC News reports:
After weeks of negotiations with [Northwest Chicago] city Alderman Joe Moreno, the fast-food restaurant agreed to take “a much closer look” at which groups receive donations from the WinShape Foundation, a non-profit created by the Cathy family and funded almost entirely by Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, the company told Moreno.
“The WinShape Foundations is now taking a much closer look at the organizations it considers helping, and in that process will remain true to its stated philosophy of not supporting organizations with political agendas,” Chick-fil-A’s senior director of real estate said in a letter to Moreno…
When ABC requested clarification from Chick-fil-A on the policies Moreno claims are new, the company re-sent a statement from July, when the controversy over it’s traditional marriage support first erupted.
“The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect -regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender,” Chick-fil-A spokeswoman Tracey Micit said in the statement. “Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”
So all-in-all this is great news for anyone who believes in the dignity of human beings, respects the rights of people to be themselves and live their own lives without government interference, and honors every person’s right to travel his or her own path in the pursuit of happiness.