“There continues to be erroneous implications in the media that Chick-fil-A changed our practices and priorities in order to obtain permission for a new restaurant in Chicago. That is incorrect. Chick-fil-A made no such concessions, and we remain true to who we are and who we have been.”
The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA) is an LGBT advocacy group out of Chicago that had been working with Alderman Joe Moreno on negotiations to change Chick-Fil-A’s policies before letting them into town and were instrumental in publicizing the reported concessions.In a phone interview, Jacob Meister, President of the Board at The Civil Rights Agenda said that he believes Chick-fil-A CEO’s statement was “backpedaling” and “wishy-washy,” and that the new statement conflicts with CFA’s prior agreement not to be involved in “political and social debates.”That prior statement was part of the reason Moreno relented in his stand against letting CFA into Chicago. Meister stood by Moreno’s claim that CFA would no longer give to groups like Focus on the Family or Exodus International, but he wouldn’t speculate on whether CFA’s recent statement would cause Moreno to renew his stand against CFA.He said we could expect a statement from Moreno sometime this evening.