Why Is The Head Of An LGBT-Rights Group Making Friends With Chick-Fil-A’s Dan Cathy?

chick-fil-aIn 2012 Chick-fil-A owner Dan Cathy became Public Enemy Number One in the gay community for his out-front stand against same-sex marriage and his company’s donations to anti-equality groups.

In case you’ve forgotten, Cathy announced that Americans were “inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say ‘we know better than you’ as to what constitutes a marriage.”  In 2010, Chick-fil-A donated more than $1.9 million to anti-LGBT organizations like the National Organization for Marriage, Exodus International and Focus on the Family.

Despite how the media framed the story, it was about more than marriage—it was about groups that endorse reparative therapy, job discrimination and worse for gays and lesbians.

Screen Shot 2013-01-28 at 4.55.23 PMBut Shane Windmeyer, co-founder and  director of the LGBT college group Campus Pride, has emerged as something of Cathy’s new BFF: “I’ve gotten to know Dan, he’s gotten to know me,” Windmeyer (left) told ABC News. “He’s shared concerns about young people, about Chick-fil-A being used for certain purposes.”

According to ABC, it turns out Windmeyer has been hanging with Cathy after the fast-food king sought him out for “advice and understanding” over the donation controversy. Cathy even invited Windmeyer to December’s Chick-fil-A Bowl between LSU and Clemson at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Windmeyer says he’s looked over Chick-fil-A’s tax returns and can confirm it has stopped supporting the enemies of equality—sort of.

dan cathy“In 2011, [According to] the 990s that I saw, they did stop funding the more divisive, anti-gay groups that actively work to harm and hurt LGBT people,” Windmeyer told ABC News.

Windmeyer says he knows he and Cathy disagree about gay marriage but that they’ve reached an understanding of each other as people.

But even as headlines screamed that Chick-Fil-A was backing down, Cathy (right) was funding a motorcycle ride benefiting opponents of same-sex marriage.
Guess all those chicken sandwiches can buy you some pretty fancy tax loopholes.

Even if Cathy is truly out of the hate game, that’s hardly enough to make us want to hang out with the guy—let alone fund his business.  Should we run out and support Chick-fil-A just because it’s stopped funding the more divisive anti-gay groups?

That’s setting the bar damn low.

In the ABC News story, Windmeyer indicated that if he and his partner ever get the right to marry in North Carolina, he’s going to invite Dan Cathy to the wedding.

Well, if you and your partner can’t marry in North Carolina, its due in part to the millions of dollars Cathy fed to groups that pushed the state’s odious marriage-equality ban.

It’s enough to make you lose your lunch.



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  • JasonMacBride

    Who appointed this Windmeyer tool as leader of anything? The Chicken guy is playing him for a fool.

  • Avenger

    Chick-Fil-A is delicious! I hope they open more franchises around here! Also think that they should make that successful “appreciation day” that they had last summer and annual tradition.

  • Taliaferro

    Avenger – you, sir, are a poltroon. I trust that you will indulge in your passion for deep fried mass produced protein to the point where you brain cells are even more atrophied. This is not about the food but basic human rights – and it is a pity you cannot see that – or perhaps you can and simply don’t care.

  • Cee

    I want to try Chic-fil-A. Too bad I will never.

  • FStratford

    I hope they open more franchises too… franchises that people wont buy from. :-)

  • Harley

    I’m sure GOProud and the log cabin bunch are chowing down on chicken now.

  • Cam

    @Avenger: said…

    Chick-Fil-A is delicious! I hope they open more franchises around here! Also think that they should make that successful “appreciation day” that they had last summer and annual tradition.”

    They had one day where the bigots came out…and guess what. Their sales have dropped off since. People like you and the Westborough Baptist Church that pickets the funerals of soldiers don’t seem to get it.

    Anybody who doubles down on being a bigot eventually loses. But then again, it’s a chain out of the the same area of the country that used to be the confederacy. So no suprise that the same area that fought for slavery uses any excuse to announce they are bigots.

  • Daniel-Reader

    It is like someone declaring “I can confirm the gunman has stopped buying bullets” after the gunman has already shot you.

  • MK Ultra

    Cathy is a liar, as usual. It’s becoming bad for business to be an open reliligotis homophobus, so now he’s got a new PR plan. Same as the old, just keep the hate better hidden.
    Windmeyer is a big sell-out. He probably got paid to be a “public friend of Cathy’s”‘.
    They can both fill each other chicks for all I care.

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