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New menu at Chick-fil-A?

Fast-food chain has changed its ways on gays, Chicago pol says

New menu at Chick-fil-A?

Paul Beauchamp waves a gay pride flag during a nationwide "kiss-in" and protest at a Chick-Fil-A restaurant in Decatur, Georgia, August 3, 2012. REUTERS/Tami Chappell
Paul Beauchamp waves a gay pride flag during a nationwide "kiss-in" and protest at a Chick-Fil-A restaurant in Decatur, Georgia, August 3, 2012. REUTERS/Tami Chappell REUTERS

Has Chick-fil-A changed its ways on gays?

The fast-food chain, which was hailed and assailed in July after its president Dan Cathy pronounced himself a marriage equality foe, plans to opt out of politics, a city alderman and a gay rights organization in Chicago say.

But Chick-fil-A isn't saying much about what Alderman Joe Moreno claims is the company's intention to cease donations to anti-gay groups through its WinShape Foundation.

Like liberal politicos in other cities such as Boston, Moreno had vowed to oppose any Chick-fil-A plan to open a new outlet in his district.

Supporters of the chain held a nationwide eat-in at local Chick-fil-A restaurants on August 1 that reportedly set a company sales record; it was followed two days later by a same-sex kiss-in that drew global media attention.

Seems to me the company, whose food isn't all that bad, is free to support or not support whatever it thinks will enhance its business. But they've lost my business for good.

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