Chick-fil-A ends donations to three groups opposed to gay marriage in an attempt to stop protests and expand its customer base.
But the move has angered some of the fast food chain's fans.
The Atlanta-based company said on Monday that they will start next year and will focus on three areas: hunger, homelessness and education.
"This decision was made to create more clarity – and better meet three critical needs of children around the world. The community of Chick-fil-A serves," the company said in a statement.
Chick-fil-A President Tim Tassopoulos said the company ̵
But in the meantime, it does not plan to continue the support of three groups that oppose marriage and have been the target of the protester. ire.
In 2017 and 2018, the Chick-fil-A Foundation gave $ 2.4 million to Missouri-based Fellowship of Christian Athletes for underrated youth sports camps and $ 165,000 to the Salvation Army to buy Christmas gifts for needy children. The foundation also gave $ 6,000 to Paul Anderson Youth Homes.
Chick-fil-A's decision to no longer support the groups made some conservatives furious, saying they stood by the restaurant in 2012 when CEO Dan Cathy said in multiple interviews that he did not support gay marriage. In recent interviews, Cathy – the son of the founder of Chick-fil-A – has reiterated his personal beliefs, but says he treats all customers with respect.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said in a tweet Monday that he coordinated a national valuation day for the company in 2012. Now, Chick-fil-A is betraying supporters, he said.
“They surrendered to anti-Christian hate groups. Tragically, "tweeted Huckabee.
Chick-fil-A, which operates around 2,400 restaurants, has also felt hot from opponents. Earlier this year, airports in the Buffalo, New York and San Antonio blocks the restaurant from opening on their sites due to Some colleges have banned the chain, Somewhere in the UK is closing because of protests.
GLAAD, an LGBTQ rights group, said it welcomed Monday's news with "cautious optimism," but said Chick-fil- A has made similar promises before.
Drew Anderson, GLAAD's campaign director and quick response, said that if Chick-fil-A wants to be taken seriously, it should speak to its gay reputation and ensure that restaurants are safe for gay employees .