Remember a couple of days ago, when Chick-fil-A internally announced it would stop donating to anti-gay groups? Yeah, that’s pretty much over.
Dan Cathy this week tweeted a photo from the 2012 WinShape Ride for the Family. It’s a fundraiser that helps lobby against marriage equality, and those who wished to donate were asked to send money directly to the Marriage and Family Foundation, at an address shared by Chick-fil-A’s HQ. Chick-fil-A operates the WinShape Foundation as a way to donate to what it deems worthy causes.
The forms say the ride fee is $3,500 for each individual or couple. But sponsorship packages posted online show that organizations could pledge $5,000 for “silver” status, $10,000 for “gold” or $15,000 and more to reach “platinum.” The Chick-fil-A logo accompanies everything, and so does the WinShape name, but it’s unclear whether the foundation continues to make donations.
The Marriage and Family Foundation was not only included in the investigation by Equality Matters of the fast-food chain’s questionable giving history, it was identified as the top antigay recipient in 2010. WinShape had given more than $1 million to the group in 2010 alone.
The Advocate’s got more details about what exactly this all means at the link above. Let’s be real - at this point, Chick-fil-A can’t really do anything to redeem itself. What’s done is done, and for those who are aware of the chain’s history, eating there will almost always be a political statement.
they are such a cute couple