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Microsoft Funds Marriage Equality, Chick-Fil-A Gives Millions To Anti-Gay Groups

Today gives us the ying and yang of American’s businesses channeling money into gay-related causes. While Microsoft continues to help fund the path of gay equality, recent numbers have shown Chick-fil-A continues its anti-gay donation agenda.


Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and current CEO Steve Ballmer each donated $100,000 to defend Washington State’s marriage equality law against Referendum 74, an initiative on the ballot for November.

That’s not enough to make us give up our iPhone and Mac, but we’ll gratefully and proudly acknowledge we were PC people for many years.


On the other end lies Chick-fil-A, the notorious anti-gay fast food chicken chain. The Christian company is reported to have donated a whopping $2 million in 2010 to virulently anti-gay hate groups like the Marriage and Family Foundation, the Family Research Council and conversion therapy-spouting Exodus International.

The company’s donations have steadily increased over the past decade: From 2003 to 2008, it only gave $1.1 million annually to anti-gay groups.

We liked Chick-fil-a when we were younger, but now their food leaves a bad taste in our mouth.

By:           Aaron Coleman
On:           Jul 3, 2012
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  • 18 Comments
    • cam
      cam

      With all the different places out there, there should be no reason to ever go to this place again.

      Jul 3, 2012 at 9:22 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Carl 1
      Carl 1

      Micro$oft may make grade A crappy operating systems, but give them credit – they put their money where their mouth is. hey’ve been one of strongest corporate allies of LGBT people for a long time. Good to see them carrying on the tradition. Still a long way to go until they reach Apple’s level though.

      Jul 3, 2012 at 10:06 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daez
      Daez

      @Carl 1: Actually, Windows 7 is a pretty stable and decent OS. Vista sucked, and apparently Windows 8 is going to suck as well. But, they actually did well with 7 and for that matter with XP.

      The only real other option is MACOS and that requires you to pay 2-3x more for a computer than the computer is actually worth and then still has plenty of issues including the lack of any decent software designed specifically for that computer since all software is designed for the PC and then ported to MAC.

      Jul 3, 2012 at 10:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • randy
      randy

      People defend Chikfila as tasty. I don’t get it — it really sucks. It’s the cheapest of fast food, is more salt and fat than anything else. People! Please! Junk food is okay once in a while, but consider your health and waistline, and the fact that these junk food places are bad for the environment and for animal well-being.

      There are much better options out there.

      Jul 3, 2012 at 10:22 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Carl 1
      Carl 1

      @Daez: Oh, don’t get me wrong, I use a pc and windows, because as you point out macs are stupidly expensive, hard to upgrade and hardly any decent software is available for them. Just wish there was a better pc OS that was still windows games compatible (without a lot of mucking about).

      Jul 3, 2012 at 10:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • RedRooster
      RedRooster

      That’s why I always eat at chick-fil-a!!!

      Jul 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bipolar Bear
      Bipolar Bear

      I think if you’re a PC user, it’s worth flicking an email or a letter to Microsoft to thank them for their support. On the smaller scale, social media can allow us to make a big difference when homophobia surfaces at smaller businesses. I offer this little tale as proof:

      http://bipolarbear.co.nz/2012/03/06/when-homophobia-doesnt-pay/

      Jul 3, 2012 at 2:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • OrnaMint
      OrnaMint

      Chick-fil-A? Pro or anti-gay, no one in his right mind would eat their shitty food anyway.

      Jul 3, 2012 at 2:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The headline is wrong
      The headline is wrong

      Microsoft didn’t donate money. Ballmer and Gates, as individuals, did.

      That is more impressive, in my book. While Apple and Google and Microsoft are all pro-LGBT, Gates and Ballmer set a new benchmark in the industry through personal donations.

      And all the Applefolk slamming Microsoft products need to stop living in 2005. MS stuff these days is awesome. Windows Phone is easily the best smartphone OS, and Windows 8 Consumer Preview on my touchscreen PC is much, much better than pokey old OS X Lion on my MacBook Pro 13″.

      Jul 3, 2012 at 3:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jeff4justice
      jeff4justice

      Bill Gates seems to be a very disturbed person.

      Bill Gates: Eugenicist Extraordinaire
      http://occupycorporatism.com/bill-gates-eugenicist-extraordinaire/

      Bill Gates, Monsanto, and eugenics: How one of the world’s wealthiest men is actively promoting a corporate takeover of global agriculture
      http://www.naturalnews.com/035105_Bill_Gates_Monsanto_eugenics.html#ixzz1zal6FBMy

      Bill Gates Favors Death Panel and Vaccines To Decrease World’s Population
      http://www.infowars.com/bill-gates-favors-death-panel-and-vaccines-to-decrease-world%E2%80%99s-population/

      The Real Story Behind Bill Gates And “Death Panels”
      http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-real-story-behind-bill-gates-and-death-panels.html

      Jul 3, 2012 at 4:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike in London UK
      Mike in London UK

      go on (allegedly) Million Moms.

      Try getting out of using M$oft ‘ware.

      Jul 3, 2012 at 4:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • David
      David

      @Carl 1:

      Not to start this age old debate, but each OS has its up and downs. There is not a true “Better” OS

      MAC has good video/audio software, plus is a lot easier to code on.

      PC exels is buisness programs, as well as gaming applications.

      Both browse the internet pretty much the same.

      Jul 4, 2012 at 12:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chuck
      Chuck

      I have never eaten Chik-fil-a (nor even know how to pronounce its name) and I never will.

      Jul 4, 2012 at 5:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Palto
      Palto

      RedRooster – glad to hear you always eat there! Hope you drop dead from a heart attack.

      Jul 4, 2012 at 6:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • RedRooster
      RedRooster

      @Palto: Haha I hope you get HIV

      Jul 5, 2012 at 12:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Hyhybt
      Hyhybt

      @randy: Nobody is saying Chick-fil-A isn’t junk food. But *as that type of junk food goes* it’s the best around. And I like their closed on Sundays policy; turning down money for principle is something most companies aren’t willing to do, and a side effect is that it gets them a better pick of employees than other chains: one day you can count on *always* to be off, every week, no matter what? A *weekend* day, no less? Otherwise unheard of in fast food.

      None of which justifies sending a penny to the likes of FRC. But the bad outweighing the good is not a valid reason to deny the good points exist at all.

      Jul 5, 2012 at 4:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Carl 1
      Carl 1

      @The headline is wrong: Actually, android is easily the best mobile OS, I know because I’ve had both windows mobile and android. WM’s main problem at the moment is its cosmetic limitations, but ones that are valued by consumers – no custom message alerts, no custom alarms, custom ringtones have to be edited on a pc, tagged as ‘ringtone’, the phone connected to the PC and transferred over using the Zune software. Chosen wallpapers only appear on the lock screen, not as a backdrop. Android is far easier (just for the transfer of files) and supports a great deal of customisation. I’ve also found WM to be a tad unstable – its crashed twice in the month I’ve had the phone.

      In this day and age, customisation matters a great deal to consumers, especially with the sheer number of mobile phones in circulation. Everyone wants theirs to be unique to them. To be fair, iOS didn’t offer these things at launch, they came later. One can only hope that WM goes down the same route, adding these cosmetic features over time.

      Jul 5, 2012 at 5:07 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Carl 1
      Carl 1

      @The headline is wrong: Actually, android is easily the best mobile OS, I know because I’ve had both windows mobile and android. WM’s main problem at the moment is its cosmetic limitations, but ones that are valued by consumers – no custom message alerts, no custom alarms, custom ringtones have to be edited on a pc, tagged as ‘ringtone’, the phone connected to the PC and transferred over using the Zune software. Chosen wallpapers only appear on the lock screen, not as a backdrop. Android is far easier (just for the transfer of files) and supports a great deal of customisation. I’ve also found WM to be a tad unstable – its crashed twice in the month I’ve had the phone.

      In this day and age, customisation matters a great deal to consumers, especially with the sheer number of mobile phones in circulation. Everyone wants theirs to be unique to them. To be fair, iOS didn’t offer these things at launch, they came later. One can only hope that WM goes down the same route, adding these cosmetic features over time.

      Jul 5, 2012 at 5:13 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • EatMoreChicken
      EatMoreChicken

      Mmmm, Waffle Fries, Spicy Chicken Sandwhich, Grilled Chicken. Love that place.

      Jul 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Christopher Olson
      Christopher Olson

      Hate groups? Sounds like you hate them too…. virulently even. (And I’m not sure they actually *hate* you, either…)

      Does that make you a hate group?

      Jul 16, 2012 at 7:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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