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Has Chick-fil-A Agreed to Stop Its Anti-Gay Donations?

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Might it finally be safe for gay rights advocates to eat chicken sandwiches again? An advocacy group in Chicago says that Chick-fil-A has agreed to quit giving money to anti-gay organizations after this summer's complete media shitstorm over anti-gay marriage statements from the company's COO Dan Cathy. And based on these apparent concessions, Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno has likewise agreed to give up his fight against allowing the chicken chain to open a location in his ward, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Yes, a press release from the Chicago-based The Civil Rights Agenda declares today that Chick-fil-A's Winshape Foundation has agreed in meetings to take another look at their charitable donations and that "company executives clarified that they will no longer give to anti-gay organizations, such as Focus on the Family and the National Organization for Marriage." The release also says that Chick-fil-A sent an internal memo informing stakeholders that the chicken chain is all about treating "every person with honor, dignity and respect."

Chick-fil-A is neither confirming or denying the reports, merely telling BuzzFeed that "We have no agenda, policy or position against anyone." Meanwhile, the Tribune notes that perhaps these promises to treat all people with respect are not as big of a win as Alderman Moreno has claimed considering that "the company made nearly identical pledges in a July 19 Facebook post that went up even before Moreno took issue with Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy's opposition to gay marriage." But if these reports turn out to be true, perhaps the country will be able to reunite after a long summer of kiss-in protests, defacing private property, and statements from failed presidential candidates.

· Chick-fil-A Ceases Anti-Gay Donations [TCRA via BuzzFeed]
· Moreno Relents, Will Allow Chick-fil-A [Chicago Tribune]
· All Chick-fil-A Coverage on Eater [-E-]