The Civil Rights Agenda has reacted to the recent information from Chick-fil-A that they are still donating to companies with anti-gay bents to them even though they agreed not to do so. TCRA notes that the company agreed to not donate to such groups directly, but they are not sure if the donations violate the agreement that the group reached with the company.
Reaction from the LGBT Community has been pretty swift and not all together surprising given the scepticism that was already there given the original announcement. TCRA’s executives issued these statements:
“The agreement was that Chick-fil-A and the Winshape Foundation would no longer give to these groups directly, so we are going to have to take some time to look into this action and whether there is a violation to that agreement, but at this time it does not look as if they have,” said Anthony Martinez, executive director of The Civil Rights Agenda. “In the past, the Marriage and Family Foundation’s practices have definitely been against the marriage equality movement, so the concern going forward would be what they are using that money for. Supporting family and marriage is definitely a good thing, but if they are working against marriage equality, obviously that is something that needs to be addressed.
“In the best case, we hope that this is a road-bump in what is typically a long process. In the worst case, they have lied and distorted their intentions. Only time will tell. As we said in our initial release on this topic, they have take a step in the right direction. In the meantime, it is important that The Civil Rights Agenda and other LGBT advocacy organizations and the media keep a close eye on their actions and call attention to any anti-gay giving practices.”