The proudly antigay fast food restaurant Chick-fil A is suffering from an identity crisis when it comes to its official stance on gay rights.
As you may remember, the fried chicken chain came under fire in 2012 after its CEO, Dan Cathy, said he was “guilty as charged” when it came to his company’s reported support of “traditional” understandings of family and the “Biblical family unit.”
But Cathy has been unable to reign in his franchises. A Chick-fil-A in Coralville, IA, announced that it will be providing 200 sandwiches and sides to Iowa City Pride’s annual picnic on June 19. Gratis.
Pride officials approached the franchise owner, Adam Donius, about getting involved after he sponsored a different event last year.
“We offered him different ways that he could contribute and be part of our Pride, help us build community,” Jewell Amos, chair of Iowa City Pride, told KCRG News. “He said that he totally believes in building community. So he was like, sure.”
And this isn’t the first time a franchise owner has taken a vastly different stance from Cathy. Last year, a Chick-fil-A in Hollywood, CA, hosted a fundraiser for LGBT youth. And in 2013, a Chick-fil-A in Rancho Cucamonga, CA donated food to a rally for marriage equality.
On second thought…