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|LGBT Campus Pride ED says Chick-fil-A tax forms show no donations to 'most divisive' anti-gay groups|
|by Ryan Watkins|
|January 28, 2013 16:24|
Atlanta-based fast food chain Chick-fil-A found itself in a world of controversy last year after reports surfaced that the company was funding anti-gay groups like Exodus International and Focus on the Family through the company's WinShape Foundation.
The controversy was only heightened when the company's President and COO Dan Cathy said Chick-fil-A was “guilty as charged” in opposing same-sex marriage rights. Cathy's comments sparked protests, counterprotests and a series of boycotts by LGBT activists.
But a new first-person column published today by Campus Pride Executive Director Shane Windmeyer suggests that the chicken chain's WinShape Foundation has suspended donations to groups that advocate against same-sex marriage rights.
In an article published in the Huffington Post today, Windmeyer outlines his new-found friendship with Cathy and highlights recent financial records which seem to indicate the fast-food chain is no longer in the business of donating to anti-gay groups.
Windmeyer noted how he was a personal guest of Cathy's at the Chick-fil-a Bowl in Atlanta on New Year's Eve and the two had struck up a strong personal and friendly relationship over the past several months as the two talked over the phone and in person. Campus Pride, which works for LGBT equality on campuses across the country, was one of the main protesters of Chick-fil-A, but after talks began evolving between Windmeyer and Cathy, Windmeyer said it was fitting to stop the protests.
Does this mean Southern marriage equality supporters can start eating those delicious, but taboo, chicken sandwiches again?
Top photo: Atlanta activists joined in National Same-Sex Kiss Day on Aug. 3 by smooching and rallying at Chick-fil-A restaurants at Piedmont Avenue, Colony Square, CNN Center and in the suburb of Decatur (not pictured). (Photos by Dyana Bagby and Ryan Watkins)
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