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Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A was the source of controversy following a series of antigay marriage public statements made in June 2012 by chief operating officer Dan Cathy who personally opposes same-sex marriage. The statements followed reports that Chick-fil-A's charitable endeavor, the WinShape Foundation, had made millions in donations to political organizations opposing LGBT rights, and also that the chain co-sponsored a marriage conference along with the Pennsylvania Family Institute (PFI), opposing gay marriage. In reaction, LGBT rights activists called for protests and boycotts of the chain, while counter-protestors rallied in support by eating at the restaurants. National political figures both for and against the actions spoke out and some business partners severed ties with the chain.

The cohosts lauded anti-LGBTQ Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for signing a law that prohibits punishing entities for donations to religious organizations (even those that are antigay).

June 13 2019 2:09 PM

The legislation prevents state and local governments from "punishing" businesses because of their donations to faith-based groups, including anti-LGBTQ ones.

June 11 2019 5:25 PM

The bill, soon headed to Gov. Greg Abbott, would keep governments from punishing businesses because of their religious beliefs or donations.

May 20 2019 4:41 PM

The company's head of philanthropic giving says Chick-fil-A's donations are meant to help, not exclude.

May 15 2019 3:36 PM

The Texas House had killed the bill, which would protect individuals and businesses that discriminate, but the Senate has brought it back to life.

May 14 2019 1:38 PM

The company's sales have tripled in the past decade, and it is poised to become the third-largest fast-food chain in the U.S.

May 09 2019 2:38 PM

Apparently, Tim Fox — who's running for governor — thinks the biggest issue for Montanans is a dearth of fast-food chicken restaurants.

April 23 2019 4:19 PM
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