Chick-Fil-A strikes deal in Chicago? Don’t hold your breath.

This sounds too good to be true, so I’m not holding on my breath with the hope this anti-marriage equality company has finally joined the 21st century in its thinking.

After weeks of negotiations with city Alderman Joe Moreno, the fast-food restaurant agreed to take “a much closer look” at which groups receive donations from the WinShape Foundation, a non-profit created by the Cathy family and funded almost entirely by Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, the company told Moreno.

“The WinShape Foundations is now taking a much closer look at the organizations it considers helping, and in that process will remain true to its stated philosophy of not supporting organizations with political agendas,” Chick-fil-A’s senior director of real estate said in a letter to Moreno.

Between 2008 and 2010, the WinShape Foundation gave $3.2 million to groups that advocate against same-sex marriage, according to the group’s tax reports. That included $2,000 to the Family Research Council, which was designated as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2010, and $2,500 to the Alliance Defense Fund, which supported California’s Proposition 8 to outlaw gay marriage.

Hm…me thinks this sounds like a smoke screen. I should note that when ABC News tried to reach out to the company, it resent the outlet the same initial statement it released over the summer.

“The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect -regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender,” Chick-fil-A spokeswoman Tracey Micit said in the statement. “Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”

Along with re-evaluating funding to anti-gay marriage activist groups, Moreno said, Chick-fil-A has agreed to amend its corporate policy to include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination policy.

“The company today has put into writing, for the first time, that its employees are to ‘treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation and gender. .. our intent is not to engage in political or social debates,” Moreno said in a statement.

Because of such changes to company policy, Moreno said he will recommend to the Chicago City Council that Chick-fil-A construction plans be approved for its new location in Chicago.

So, will Chick-Fil-A denounce its previous stance opposing marriage equality and distance itself from hate groups such as the Family Research Council?

One can’t buy into this publicity stunt until Chick-Fil-A’s owners personally announced the company has finally seen the light and can actually support giving the GLBTQ community full-fledged marriage equality and other rights heterosexual folks take advantage of.

Chick-Fil-A also needs to produce its anti-discrimination policy that includes provisions that won’t tolerate anti-GLBTQ bias or intolerance. When it ceases to support bigotry and hatred, then I’ll consider buying its greasy, overpriced mediocre chicken.

Until then, no dice.

Thoughts?

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