Current Weather
The Spy FM

Chick-fil-A Welcome In Chicago, Alderman Says, After Renewed Pledge Of Respect

Filed by KOSU News in US News.
September 19, 2012

Chicago Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno, who led the opposition in his city to the opening of a Chick-fil-A restaurant there because of company President Dan Cathy’s outspoken stand against same-sex marriage, now says he won’t stand in the fast-food chain’s way.

The Chicago Tribune reports that according to Moreno, “the restaurant has agreed to include a statement of respect for all sexual orientations in an internal document and promised that its not-for-profit arm would not contribute money to groups that oppose gay marriage.”

We asked Chick-fil-A about Moreno’s claim and got back this statement from spokeswoman Tracey Micit:

“Chick-fil-A is a family-owned and family-led company serving the communities in which it operates. From the day Truett Cathy started the company, he began applying biblically-based principles to managing his business. For example, we believe that closing on Sundays, operating debt-free and devoting a percentage of our profits back to our communities are what make us a stronger company and Chick-fil-A family.

“The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 Restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.

“Our mission is simple: to serve great food, provide genuine hospitality and have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.”

Other than having reversed the order of the first two paragraphs, that’s word-for-word what Chick-fil-A said on July 19, as the controversy over Cathy’s comments — and the support the company drew from conservatives such as Mike Huckabee — began to build. The story built to a “Click-fil-A appreciation day” on Aug. 1 and a counter “kiss in day” for gay activists on Aug. 3.

According to the Tribune, though, Moreno feels:

“He achieved his goal of getting Chick-fil-A to ‘affirm that they do not have discriminatory policies.’

” ‘It’s one thing to say that’s the way you feel — it’s another thing to put it into a company policy and an official company statement,’ Moreno said.”

As for the issue of donating to groups that oppose same-sex marriage, BuzzFeed Politics notes that in its statements today (to us and others) Chick-fil-A “did not contest” that claim. But it also did not clearly confirm it. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

One Response to “Chick-fil-A Welcome In Chicago, Alderman Says, After Renewed Pledge Of Respect”

  1. parrisislandtrained says:

    This smells like EXTORTION!

Leave a Reply

9PM to 5AM The Spy

The Spy

An eclectic mix of the Spy's library of more than 10,000 songs curated by Ferris O'Brien.

Listen Live Now!

5AM to 9AM Morning Edition

Morning Edition

For more than two decades, NPR's Morning Edition has prepared listeners for the day ahead with two hours of up-to-the-minute news, background analysis, commentary, and coverage of arts and sports.

View the program guide!

9AM to 10AM The Takeaway

The Takeaway

A fresh alternative in morning news, "The Takeaway" provides a breadth and depth of world, national and regional news coverage that is unprecedented in public media.

View the program guide!

Upcoming Events in your area (Submit your event today!)

Streaming audio and podcasts

Stream KOSU on your smartphone

Phone Streaming

SmartPhone listening options on this page are intended for many iPhones, Blackberries, etc. with low-cost software applications available to listen to our full-time web streams, both News on KOSU-1 and Classical on KOSU-2.

Learn more about our complete range of streaming services

We're perfecting the patient experience - Stillwater Medical Center