Chick-Fil-A, a popular fast food chain in the US specializing in chicken entrees, donated nearly $2 million to anti-gay groups in 2010, the watchdog group Equality Matters reported Monday (July 2).
The chain, which has denied in the past that it has an anti-gay agenda, gave a total of $1.9 million to various groups through its charitable arm called WinShape.
WinShape donated nearly $1.2 million to the Marriage and Family Foundation which raises money for the Marriage CoMission. a coalition of groups formed in response to the ‘downward spiral of marriage and the traditional family in America.’
Money also went to: Fellowship Of Christian Athletes ($480,000), National Christian Foundation ($247,500), New Mexico Christian Foundation ($54,000), Exodus International ($1,000), Family Research Council ($1,000), and Georgia Family Council ($2,500).
WinShape was created by Chick-fil-A founder and chairman S. Truett Cathy in 1984. According to IRS forms, it gave more than $2 million to anti-gay groups between 2003 and 2009.
Chick-fil-A in based in Georgia and has 1,614 restaurants in 39 states and the District of Columbia and has for its slogan ‘Eat mor chikin.’