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LGBT Campus Pride ED says Chick-fil-A tax forms show no donations to ‘most divisive’ anti-gay groups

Chick-fil-A protest

Atlanta-based fast food chain Chick-fil-A found itself in a world of controversy last year after reports surfaced that the company was funding anti-gay groups like Exodus International and Focus on the Family through the company's WinShape Foundation.

The controversy was only heightened when the company's President and COO Dan Cathy said Chick-fil-A was “guilty as charged” in opposing same-sex marriage rights. Cathy's comments sparked protests, counterprotests and a series of boycotts by LGBT activists.

But a new first-person column published today by Campus Pride Executive Director Shane Windmeyer suggests that the chicken chain's WinShape Foundation has suspended donations to groups that advocate against same-sex marriage rights.

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Top local news of 2012: Atlanta backs marriage

Alex Wan and Kasim Reed

Whether it was the threat of the end of the world or just plain old fashioned holiday spirit — or most likely political timing — the month of December brought Atlanta officials together in a cornucopia of outspoken support for LGBT equality. 

First, on Dec. 3, the Atlanta City Council passed a resolution 11-2 stating its support for same-sex marriage. The resolution was introduced by Alex Wan, the only openly gay council member, after months of discussion with his colleagues about the difference between civil unions and marriage equality.

Wan, who represents District 6, said he pushed for the resolution because it was “the right thing to do.”

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Outspoken: 2012 in quotes

Barack Obama

From President Obama coming out in support of marriage equality to celebrities like Anderson Cooper just plain coming out, 2012 provided plenty of notable quotables.

Here is a look back at some of the most memorable LGBT media moments of the year.

OBAMA SAYS ‘I DO’

“I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly, I don’t see much of a distinction beyond that.”

— Vice President Joe Biden on Meet the Press, touching off debate over whether he had gone beyond President Obama, who did not support gay marriage but has said his views are “evolving.” (Meet the Press, May 6)

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Emory’s student government passes resolution denouncing Chick-fil-A

Emory University's Student Government Association approved on Monday a resolution denouncing Chick-fil-A as a campus vendor, according to a story in the student newspaper The Emory Wheel.

The Dec. 2 vote was 18-3-3 and "signifies a statement by SGA that they support the LGBTQ community at Emory and encourage the university to reconsider its relationship with Chick-fil-A," according to student newspaper.

The Atlanta-based fast food chain faced renewed criticism earlier this year after its president, Dan Cathy, made comments reaffirming the company’s opposition to gay marriage. Chick-fil-A’s nonprofit foundation, the Winshape Foundation, also supports organizations that oppose LGBT rights.

It is unlikely however that university officials will force Chick-fil-A off campus.

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Topher Payne: When it comes to Chick-Fil-A, the numbers don’t lie

Playwright and writer Topher Payne

A few weeks back in this column, I wrote about a certain restaurant known for its chicken sandwiches, waffle fries, and hatemongering religious extremism.

I received a message in response from a reader, in which he stated: “There is so much misinformation and exaggeration about CFA’s donations to ‘hate groups.’ Only $1,000 each was donated to FRC and Exodus, and not millions as has been reported here by gay activists and other left-wing publications.”

This distortion of the truth has been repeated so consistently, but doesn’t stand up to even the most passive scrutiny. Even supporters of the Chick-fil-A boycott may not be aware of how the corporate funds were distributed. So, here are the exact dollar amounts of the donations, who got ‘em, and why it’s a problem.

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Emory LGBT student groups: Get Chick-fil-A off our campus

Leaders of seven LGBT student organizations at Emory University sent a letter today to school administrators decrying the ongoing presence of Chick-fil-A on the Decatur campus and asking Emory to end its "contractual relationship" with the fast food chain immediately.

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[Video] ‘Duh’ of the day: Chick-fil-A still supports only ‘Biblical families’

Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-A, reiterated his restaurant chain's support for "Biblical families" — and you can be damned sure that does not include supporting same-sex couples and our families, despite hints maybe they didn't hate us.

When it comes to Biblical families, does that mean Mr. Cathy supports the ones where the wife has to be a virgin when married? The ones where a man can marry many women? And the many other weird (according to today's standards) combinations the Bible endorsed?

In case you are still interested in the ongoing saga of Chick-fil-A and its anti-gay mission (but seriously, you all should know by now they do not care about LGBT people and our civil rights), here's a video clip of Cathy being interviewed by Atlanta news station WXIA:

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Topher Payne: Chick-fil-A goes crazypants on LGBT rights

Playwright and writer Topher Payne

I was bombarded with Facebook messages and emails. Everyone sent me the same couple of links. An organization in Chicago claimed Chick-fil-A had seen the light of reason and kindness, and intended to change their ways. “Yaaay,” said my friends and colleagues. “Just wait,” I replied.

Turns out the policy in question was merely a reminder to Chick-fil-A employees (and the country) that the company treats all of their customers equally. I have never doubted that Chick-fil-A is willing to take my gay money. My problem is that they then use my gay money to fight against my gay rights. This practice remains unchanged.

I understand people love their damn waffle fries, but I’m gonna need y’all to let this company go. You just can’t fix some folks, and interacting with them will only frustrate you and embolden them. I will give you an example.