Chick-Fil-A No Longer Funds Most Controversial Groups

And company continues to grow despite backlash

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 29, 2013 12:58 PM CST

(Newser) – If you've been pining for Chick-Fil-A but don't want to support its president's anti-gay stance, rejoice: The company no longer donates to the most controversial groups opposing gay marriage, and hasn't since 2011. Rather, the company "focuses on youth, education, marriage enrichment, and local communities," says Campus Pride. The national LGBT campus organization looked at tax documents for Chick-Fil-A's philanthropic WinShape Foundation to make the determination, CNN reports.

However, Chick-Fil-A does still donate to some groups that are against gay marriage—just not the most divisive ones. Despite all the uproar that ensued after company president Dan Cathy said last year that he supported traditional marriage, Chick-Fil-A continues to grow: Sales were up 14% in 2012 over a year prior, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, and the chain opened 96 new stores.

In this Aug. 3, 2012 file photo, Mia Finterman and Gwendolyn Griffin kiss at a Chick-fil-A  in Birmingham, Ala., for a national same-sex kiss day to protest Chick-fil-A executive Dan Cathy.
In this Aug. 3, 2012 file photo, Mia Finterman and Gwendolyn Griffin kiss at a Chick-fil-A in Birmingham, Ala., for a national same-sex kiss day to protest Chick-fil-A executive Dan Cathy.   (AP Photo/The Birmingham News, Hal Yeager, File)
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