Update: Chick-Fil-A Clarifies Its Charitable Giving Practices
Given the support the fast food restaurant's Chesterfield location received when the crisis first erupted, what do you think of the company's decision?
UPDATE: The Huffington Post is now reporting that Chick-Fil-A has released a statement to clarify its charitable giving practices following the story out of Chicago.
It looks like the company will be continuing to give to program that "strengthen families and enrich marriage," but is drawing a distinction between those activities and actively supporting any "political and social agenda."
ORIGNAL STORY: Major news outlets reported Wednesday that Chick-Fil-A is backing down from its controversial support of groups that oppose same-sex marriage.
The Chesterfield location of the fast-food eatery was swarmed with supporters during the height of the controversy in early August when the company's CEO Dan Cathy described his definition of marriage as "bibile-based" and traditional.
The noise from the dust-up has died down, but Chick-Fil-A was apparently still feeling enough pressure to reverse course. From the AP:
Chick-fil-A issued a statement to that effect Wednesday when asked to comment on a claim earlier in the day that the company had stopped funding organizations that oppose same-sex marriage.
Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno announced the alleged policy change, which he said followed extended negotiations. He said as a result, he would no longer try to block a Chick-fil-A restaurant from opening in his district.
The company declined to comment beyond a statement saying it planned "to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena."