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

(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.

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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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