Chick-fil-A became the unlikely battleground in an American “culture war” last year after CEO Dan Cathy professed an opposition to marriage equality for gay people during an interview with a small religious outlet — but a LGBT group’s review of the chain’s tax documents reveals that the brand is no longer contributing money to groups deemed dangerous to gay rights.
Chick-fil-A shot to national conversation status nearly overnight when both “sides” of the debate seized upon the brand as a lightning rod in the debate over gay marriage.
Supporters of gay rights vowed never to patronize the chain and protested, while opponents flocked to the restaurant for “appreciation days” and other events meant to galvanize those who are against gay marriage to show support for Cathy’s views in an organized way.
In that time, the Chick-fil-A controversy has waned — though a cursory Twitter search indicates much of the chatter about the brand on the microblogging service still centers upon the gay rights debate.
While the American public may never untie Chick-fil-A from a gay rights controversy, the Huffington Post published a recent column written by LGBT activist and married gay man Shane L. Windmeyer. Windmeyer heads up gay rights group Campus Pride — and has in the time since the issue heated up managed to strike up a somewhat unlikely friendship with Cathy.
The piece is moving without doubt — the activist and the conservative CEO seem to have become genuine friends in what began as a good-faith outreach from Cathy to the gay community.