Chick-fil-A feels free-market bite
The Kansas City Star
Little margin for error exists in the fast-food industry. Chick-fil-A learned that the hard way after its president, Dan Cathy, made comments opposing same-sex marriage.
The company, in an about-face, now pledges to stop giving money to anti-gay groups and to avoid such topics. Organizations such as Focus on the Family and the National Organization for Marrriage will have to find another trough from which to feed.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Equality Matters, an LGBT advocacy group, showed that Chick-fil-A donated $3 million to Christian groups opposed to homosexuality between 2003 and 2009. In 2010 the fast-food company gave nearly $2 million to such groups.
That’s a lot of sandwiches. Cathy’s comments resulted in both support for Chick-fil-A and boycotts of the company.
The support resulted in long lines of people eating at the fast-food company for a day or two. The company’s recent response shows that the business loss from people voting with their dollars and stomachs to take their business to one of many other restaurants had a greater, more lasting effect.