(RNN) – Chick-fil-A will no longer give money to anti-gay organizations, according to an organization championing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. The move comes as part of a real estate deal in Chicago.
Moreno, executive director of TCRA, stated he negotiated concessions with executives at the fast food company and advised them about anti-discrimination policies. WGCL reports that Moreno negotiated the compromise as part of a real estate deal.
"My sole interest in this fight was to make substantive progress on the vital civil rights issue of our day. With this action, I believe that real progress has been made to address the very legitimate concerns of the LGBT community regarding Chick-fil-A. Moreover, the company has agreed to a compromised traffic pattern. Therefore, I will be providing Chick-fil-A the letter of support they have been requesting to allow for a subdivision of the property located at 2538-70 N. Elston Avenue. I also will be introducing a City Council ordinance that will formalize the subdivision," Moreno said.
In a news release Wednesday, Illinois-based group The Civil Rights Agenda revealed excerpts of a letter from a Chick-fil-A executive to Alderman 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," the letter stated.
WinShape Foundations is the charitable arm of Chick-fil-A and the Cathy family, who started the fast food company.
Chick-fil-A came under fire after Dan Cathy, president of the Atlanta-based fast food chain, said in an July 16 interview with the Baptist Press that the organization supports "… the biblical definition of the family unit.
"We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives," he said. "We give God thanks for that ... we know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles."
The backlash prompted boycotts from LGBT supporters as well as "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," a rally suggested by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who is also a Baptist minister.
"We are very pleased with this outcome and thank Alderman Moreno for his work on this issue," said Anthony Martinez, executive director of The Civil Rights Agenda. "I think the most substantive part of this outcome is that Chick-fil-A has ceased donating to organizations that promote discrimination, specifically against LGBT civil rights."
Chick-fil-A also has sent a memo to franchise and stakeholders stating the company will "treat every person with honor, dignity and respect-regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation and gender."
WGCL in Atlanta reached out to Chick-fil-A for a statement:
"Chick-fil-A is a family-owned and family-led company serving the communities in which it operates. From the day Truett Cathy started the company, he began applying biblically-based principles to managing his business. For example, we believe that closing on Sundays, operating debt-free and devoting a percentage of our profits back to our communities are what make us a stronger company and Chick-fil-A family.
"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. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 Restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.
"Our mission is simple: to serve great food, provide genuine hospitality and have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A."
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