Recently, an alderman in Chicago reportedly secured assurances from Chick-fil-A company executives that it would not longer contribute to anti-gay groups, thus prompting the city official's reversal in his opposition to a new restaurant.
"WinShape, a non-profit funded by Chick-fil-A, has donated millions of dollars to anti-LGBT groups, including some classified as hate groups," according to a statement issued by The Civil Rights Agenda in Illinois.
Reports of these contributions combined with a statement from the company President Dan Cathy that he supported traditional marriage prompted rallies at Chick-fil-A locations across the country, including in Murrieta.
"The WinShape Foundations is now taking a much closer look at the organizations it considers helping, and in that process will remain true to its stated philosophy of not supporting organizations with political agendas," TRCA stated.
"In meetings the company executives clarified that they will no longer give to anti-gay organizations."
The chicken sandwich company however, did not put out such a statement for general consumption.
Instead, it reiterated its support of Christian values, while also ostensibly eschewing any support for political stances.
"A part of our corporate commitment is to be responsible stewards of all that God has entrusted to us," reads a statement released by the company.
"Because of this commitment, Chick-fil-A’s giving heritage is focused on programs that educate youth, strengthen families and enrich marriages, and support communities.
"We will continue to focus our giving in those areas. Our intent is not to support political or social agendas."
The statement continues: "As we have stated, 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.
"We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators."