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• The New York Times reports that Chick-fil-A has "stopped making charitable donations to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, groups that have been widely criticized by advocates for lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender rights." The decision was made after the fast feeder met resistance to expansion plans in some markets, keyed to its support of groups that oppose L.G.B.T.Q. rights.

The story says that "equal rights advocates described Chick-fil-A’s decision to stop funding the charities as a positive step but called on the chain to do more."

Some context from the Times story:

"Chick-fil-A has faced widespread criticism from gay rights advocates since 2012, when Dan T. Cathy, the company’s chairman and chief executive, was quoted saying Chick-fil-A believed in the 'biblical definition of the family unit.' Mr. Cathy commented after news reports revealed that the company’s foundation had donated millions of dollars to efforts to prevent the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States.

"Chick-fil-A ended nearly all its donations to groups opposed to equal rights for people of different sexual orientations in 2012. But since then, it has given money to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Last year, Chick-fil-A gave $1.65 million to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and $115,000 to the Salvation Army, according to tax filings."

Published reports say that Chick-fil-A has left open the possibility that it could resume donating to these organizations in the future.
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