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Chick-fil-A under fire for LGBT stance after Twitter CEO comment

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Over the weekend, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey received after he tweeted that he ate Chick-fil-A this month — which also happens to be LGBT+ Pride month.

Dorsey on Saturday with the caption "Boost @ChickfilA," showing he had saved 10% on a .58 order at the fast-food chain.

Critics immediately pointed out that the Atlanta-based company has a long, contentious relationship with the LGBT+ community. The former CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien tweeted: "This is an interesting company to boost during Pride month, @jack."

Dorsey responded: "You're right. Completely forgot about their background."

He is referencing the fact that Chick-fil-A has donated millions of dollars to anti-LGBT+ organizations.

In 2010, The Huffington Post reported that Chick-fil-A, through its WinShape Foundation, donated million to groups that oppose same-sex marriage, most notably the Marriage &FamilyFoundation.Until2012,thecompanyreportedlydonatedatleastmillionmoretosuchgroups.

In2012,Chick-fil-ACEODanCathyconfirmedthatthecompanydoesnotsupportsame-sexmarriagebecauseitgoesagainsttheorganization'sreligiousvalues.

InaninterviewwiththeBaptistPress,Cathysaidatthetime:

"Weareverymuchsupportiveofthefamily—thebiblicaldefinitionofthefamilyunit.Weareafamily-ownedbusiness,afamily-ledbusiness,andwearemarriedtoourfirstwives.WegiveGodthanksforthat.Weoperateasafamilybusiness...ourrestaurantsaretypicallyledbyfamilies;somearesingle.Wewanttodoanythingwepossiblycantostrengthenfamilies.Weareverymuchcommittedtothat."

Helateraddedon"TheKenColemanShow:"

"IthinkweareinvitingGod'sjudgmentonournationwhenweshakeourfistatHimandsay,'Weknowbetterthanyouastowhatconstitutesamarriage.'IprayGod'smercyonourgenerationthathassuchaprideful,arrogantattitudetothinkthatwehavetheaudacitytodefinewhatmarriageisabout."

Chick-fil-Ahasrecentlytriedtobackawayfromthisstance.AsTheDailyBeastnotes,thecompany'sfoundationendednearlyallofitsdonationstoanti-LGBTorganizationsin2012.(Thefoundation's2015SECfilingsshowthatitstilldonatednearlymilliontotheFellowshipofChristianAthletes.)In2019,Chick-fil-Aaskeditsfranchiseestonotmakepublicstatementsaboutpoliticalissues.

"Thereareseveralcandidateswhowouldliketouseusasaplatform,"DavidFarmer,Chick-fil-A'svicepresidentofmenustrategyanddevelopment,toldBusinessInsiderin2019."Wearenotengaging.Chick-fil-Aisaboutfood,andthat'sit."

Thisisn'tthefirsttimeacompanyhasbeenembroiledinanLGBT+rights-relatedcontroversyinrecentweeks.

EduardoCisneros(L)andLukeMontgomery(R)kissinfrontofaChick-fil-Afast-foodrestaurantinHollywoodonAug.3,2012.LGBT+peoplestaged"kiss-ins"outsideChick-fil-Aoutlets.ReutersJustlastweek,thefitnessgiantCrossFitcameunderfireafteranaffiliatedgym,CrossFitInfiltrateinIndianapolis,canceleditsPrideworkoutduetoconflictswiththelocation's"valuesandbeliefs."

Aftersubstantialbacklashonline,CrossFitCEOGregGlassmancalledtheevents"appalling"andsaidthewholecompanyis"upset."CrossFitthenclosedtheIndianapolisaffiliatelocation.

Ontheoppositeendofthespectrum,alargenumberofbigbrandshavecomeoutthisyearinsupportofLGBT+rightsandbenefits.AT&TgavemilliontoTheTrevorProject,aLGBT+crisis-interventionnonprofit,thelargestsingledonationintheorganization'shistory.EstéeLauderalsoannouncedanexpandedbenefitspackageforparentsthatincludes20weeksofpaidleave,,000towardadoption,andaback-to-worktransitionprogram— regardless of sex, gender, or sexual orientation.






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