Chick-Fil-A Tells Huckabee: We Made No Concessions

Sunday, 23 Sep 2012 08:12 PM

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is insisting that Chick-fil-A has not changed its stance on same-sex marriage, and that is already prompting an angry backlash in Chicago among gay marriage advocates.

Huckabee wrote on Facebook Friday, "I talked earlier today personally with Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick fil-A about the new reports that Chick fil-A had capitulated to demands of the supporters of same sex marriage." He said, "This is not true." The posting was first reported by Slate magazine.

Huckabee then posted a statement given by Cathy on his website that added: "Chick-fil-A made no such concessions, and we remain true to who we are and who we have been.

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There continues to be erroneous implications in the media that Chick-fil-A changed our practices and priorities in order to obtain permission for a new restaurant in Chicago. That is incorrect."

But a Chicago alderman says Cathy is publicly contradicting what company executives personally assured him for months -- that the fast-food chain is changing its stance on gay marriage -- and he asked the company Sunday to clarify.

Alderman Joe Moreno insists that Chick-fil-A told him it has ceased making donations to anti-gay groups and has enacted workplace protections for its employees against discrimination.

Moreno said the two concessions were the result of 10 months of negotiations he had with Chick-fil-A executives as he weighed whether to support a new Chick-fil-A restaurant in his Chicago ward. He said the executives gave him documents backing up the new positions.

Chick-fil-A had stopped making donations to anti-gay groups, Moreno said.

In a statement on Wednesday, Chick-fil-A said, "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," adding that "going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena," according to Politico.

Moreno asked Chick-fil-A to clarify its stance on Sunday, saying that Cathy's statement "at the least, muddied the progress we had made with Chick-fil-A and, at the worst, contradicted the documents and promises Chick-fil-A made to me and the community earlier this month," according to CNN.

Cathy's conflicting statement, Moreno said Sunday, is "disturbing."

"I am simply asking Mr. Cathy to confirm statements and documents that HIS company executives provided to me," Moreno said in a written statement, capitalizing "his" for emphasis.

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"It's pretty simple, Mr. Cathy. Do you acknowledge and support the policies that your executives outlined to me in writing or do you not? Yes or no?" the statement added.

Chick-fil-A, whose restaurants are closed on Sundays, did not immediately respond to requests made by several media organizations for comment.

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