Yahoo News is reporting that Chick-fil-A, the fast-food chain that sparked an outpouring of support earlier this year after Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Joe Moreno condemned the company for pro-marriage remarks made by its President, has agreed to stop funding "anti-gay" groups.
Moreno told the Chicago Tribune the company has pledged to include a statement of respect for all sexual orientations in a memo to staffers, and has promised that the WinShape Foundation, its not-for-profit arm, would no longer contribute money to groups that oppose gay marriage. As a result, Moreno said he will recommend that Chick-fil-A's construction plans be approved.
In a letter to the alderman, the company wrote that WinShape is "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."
Since 2003, the nonprofit has donated millions of dollars to groups that promote "traditional marriage," including Focus on the Family and the National Organization for Marriage. According to the Civil Rights Agenda, a Chicago-based LGBT advocacy group that worked closely with Moreno, Chick-fil-A executives "clarified that they will no longer give to anti-gay organizations."
A Chick-fil-A spokeswoman declined to comment to Yahoo News. The WinShape Foundation gave $3.2 million to groups that advocate against same-sex marriage between 2008 and 2010, according to ABC News.
UPDATE x1: Chick-fil-A issued a statement on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. It can be found HERE