Chicken and Controversy, That’s What Chick-fil-A Does
Chick-fil-A is no stranger to controversy.
From the corporate stance on traditional families, gay marriage, and religion, the famous fried chicken chain has made quite a name for itself as its popularity has skyrocketed over the past few years.
The fast food chain was in the news again recently for another hot topic: the Black Lives Matter movement.
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When it came to light that the company had donated millions of dollars to charities that support traditional marriage and families, including the Family Research Council, which the Southern Poverty Law Center had previously classified as a hate group, the company faced nationwide backlash from progressive groups, corporate sponsors like the Jim Henson Company, and individual customers.
More problems started when a restaurant in Pennsylvania agreed to sponsor a marriage conference that opposed same-sex marriage.
In June 2012, Chick-fil-A came under even more scrutiny after COO Dan T. Cathy spoke out against same-sex marriage, telling protestors that they were “inviting God’s judgement on our nation” by having “the audacity to define what marriage is about.”
When same-sex marriage and LGBT activists began to protest the restaurant, conservatives responded in many ways. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee even started a Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day to show support for the traditional beliefs of the restaurant’s management.
Since those days, Chick-fil-A has maintained a poor reputation within the gay community, but the corporation has stopped donating money to groups “that promote discrimination, specifically against LGBT civil rights,” according to a report by The Civil Rights Agenda.
In a mission statement entitled Chick-fil-A: Who We Are, the company avows to serve and respect all customers regardless of sexual orientation.