Chick-fil-A has announced that it will not renew its controversial multi-year commitments to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Protests over the fast-food chain’s anti-LGBTQ image have led to closings and cancellations of new restaurant locations.
LGBTQ advocate organization GLAAD says it regards the decision with “cautious optimism.”
Republican commentator and Christian minister Mike Huckabee tweets that he felt “betrayed.”
On Monday, Chick-fil-A’s charitable arm, the Chick-fil-A Foundation, announced that after completing its multi-year commitments, it will no longer donate to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). However, it did not rule out the possibility of donating to them in the future.
Tim Tassopoulos, president and chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A, said in a statement: “No organization will be excluded from future consideration — faith-based or non-faith-based.”
The fried chicken fast-food chain has long faced scrutiny because of its ties to anti-LGBTQ organizations. In 2012, the chain’s CEO Dan T. Cathy spoke against marriage equality, according to the New York Times. And a nonprofit started by Cathy’s father, WinShape, was donating to anti-LGBTQ organizations before the restaurant opened its own charitable arm, the Chick-fil-A Foundation. Although the foundation indicated in 2012 that it would stop donating to groups that discriminate against members of the LGBTQ community, the donations continued, Vox reported in March.