Huckabee: Reports that Chick-fil-A capitulated to gay rights groups ‘not true’

Chick-fil-A managed to rile both conservatives and liberal groups this week as conflicting reports emerged regarding the approval of a new location in Chicago. Mike Huckabee, the man behind the wildly successful Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day last month, says he spoke to CEO Dan Cathy personally and received assurances that reports of the chain caving to same-sex marriage supporters are “not true.”

On Wednesday, Chicago alderman Joe Moreno announced that he had dropped his opposition to a proposed Chicago location of the restaurant chain after “extended negotiations.” Gay-rights group The Civil Rights Agenda issued its own press release in response, claiming Chick-fil-A had agreed to stop donations to groups which oppose same-sex marriage.

Chick-fil-A released its own clarification yesterday and today repeated to Huckabee that no such deal had been struck. “There continues to be erroneous implications in the media that Chick-fil-A changed our practices and priorities in order to obtain permission for a new restaurant in Chicago. That is incorrect. Chick-fil-A made no such concessions, and we remain true to who we are and who we have been,” reads the statement.

Same-sex marriage supporters have since put the restaurant back on notice.

It looks like things are back to normal, as Chick-fil-A comes under fire again from college campuses.

  • J. Cox

    The ever tolerant left.I guess if we start rioting in the streets burning and looting with threats of violence,then they would apologize.
    Seriously,Don’t like the owners views…don’t eat there and sthu and move on.

  • michael s

    Now the WAFFLE HOUSE (My new name for chick fil a) is saying they will run their restaurants without getting into political issues and will continue to support all emphasizing regardless of sexual orientation. But will ask indirectly for money to sponsor a race that will benefit traditional marriage. they’re trying to have it both ways ,is jenna jameson or anna paquin now running this restaurant chain?

    • Warren C. Bennett

      So a group can view human beings as human beings, despite disagreeing with certain points of view? Hmm.. Yeah how screwed up is that?

  • Warren C. Bennett

    Good I wondered at that story, and it disappointed me to think Money would make hem give in. Especially after the ground swell of support for the company earlier this year.

  • nc

    Was there ever any doubt? Like Mr. Cathy was ever going to CAVE.

  • Shawn Smith

    Is a publicly-funded university kicking out a private business because of the owner’s beliefs and expression of them a violation of the first amendment? I’m very curious to hear a lawyer’s opinion of this.

    I doubt they’d do it—it doesn’t seem their style—but I’d love to see CFA take a few of these colleges to court and kick their @$$es.