Group: Chick-Fil-A Backing Off Anti-Gay Agenda

Chicago lawmaker will allow new store to open in city
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2012 12:49 PM CDT
Todd Partridge, left, kisses partner, Wes Thomas, right, during National Same Sex Kiss Day at a Chick-fil-A in Houston last month.   (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Cody Duty)

(Newser) – Might Chick-Fil-A be having a change of heart over its high-profile stance against gay marriage? An advocacy group in Chicago thinks so, and chalks it up to business reasons. The Civil Rights Agenda says the chain wrote an email to a local lawmaker promising that its foundation "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," reports BuzzFeed.

The email went to Alderman Proco Moreno, who made headlines over the summer by vowing to block a new Chick-Fil-A restaurant. Moreno now says he will allow the store to open, adding that Chick-Fil-A also promised to send a memo to employees reaffirming respect for people of all sexual orientations, reports the Chicago Tribune. He is hailing it as a major victory, though the Tribune isn't sure it amounts to a big change in policy. Chick-Fil-A isn't saying much. (Read more Chick-Fil-A stories.)

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