More fallout since it was reported Wednesday that Chick-fil-A would no longer fund organizations that oppose same-sex marriage.
Amid a barrage of positive and negative comments on its Facebook page, Chick-fil-A announced on its website Thursday that its corporate giving policy "has been mischaracterized."
While the chicken chain said its "intent is not to support political or social agendas," it also maintained that "part of our corporate commitment is to be responsible stewards of all that God has entrusted to us."
WinShape Ride for the Family bikers locked and loaded for 200 mile ride to Wilmington out of Charleston. twitter.com/dancathy/statu…— Dan T. Cathy (@dancathy) September 19, 2012
Also Thursday, CEO Dan Cathy announced via Twitter that the "WinShape Ride for the Family bikers locked and loaded for 200 mile ride to Wilmington out of Charleston."
Chick-fil-A's WinShape foundation, according to Equality Matters, had donated "a staggering $1,188,380 to the Marriage & Family Foundation, which was previously known as the Marriage And Family Legacy Fund, in 2010," reports Huffington Post.
Here's Chick-fil-A's complete statement on Thursday:
For many months now, Chick-fil-A’s corporate giving has been mischaracterized. And while our sincere intent has been to remain out of this political and social debate, events from Chicago this week have once again resulted in questions around our giving. For that reason, we want to provide some context and clarity around who we are, what we believe and our priorities in relation to corporate giving.
A part of our corporate commitment is to be responsible stewards of all that God has entrusted to us. Because of this commitment, Chick-fil-A’s giving heritage is focused on programs that educate youth, strengthen families and enrich marriages, and support communities. We will continue to focus our giving in those areas. Our intent is not to support political or social agendas.
As we have stated, 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. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators.
For better understanding of our corporate giving, please click here to download the PDF document titled "Chick-fil-A: Who We Are."