The Urban League of Greater Atlanta seems to think Chick-fil-A CEO and noted marriage equality opponent Dan Cathy is a deserving of an award for his civil rights work, though what work that actually is remains a big, old, deep-fried mystery.
For its 52nd Champions of Justice and Equality award, the Urban League, which focuses on the economic empowerment of African Americans, is honoring Cathy and actual civil rights activist Congressman John Lewis this Saturday.
While Lewis is known for his pioneering efforts in the civil rights movement and helping to organize 1963’s March on Washington, Cathy is known for putting his foot in his mouth and generally being the worst.
In addition to Chick-fil-A’s history of donating to anti-gay groups, Cathy has frequently made his own opinions on homosexuality and marriage equality known. After Cathy openly admitting to his bigotry last year, Chick-fil-A suffered a backlash and a boycott. Then earlier this year, Cathy proved his stripes had not changed when he tweeted his disappointment following the historic Supreme Court decisions in June.
Somehow that doesn’t strike us as particularly just or equal, but apparently the Urban League of Greater Atlanta has a different view.