Chick-fil-A Clarifies Giving Statement Amid Controversy

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Chick-fil-A is once again clarifying its core values as a business, after Chicago alderman Proco Moreno claimed the restaurant chain promised to no longer give to conservative groups.

In a lengthy statement released Thursday, the company said its "corporate commitment is to be responsible stewards of all that God has entrusted to us."

"Chick-fil-A's giving heritage is focused on programs that educate youth, strengthen families and enrich marriages, and support communities," the statement continued.  "We will continue to focus our giving in those areas."

Although the statement suggested Chick-fil-A will continue to support conservative, pro-family ideals, the statement did say, "Our intent is not to support political or social agendas."

After Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy publicly voiced support for traditional marriage this summer, Moreno vowed to block construction of the restaurant in Chicago.

But earlier this week, the alderman relented on his opposition, saying Chick-fil-A "promised that its not-for-profit arm would not contribute money to groups that oppose gay marriage."

Following Moreno's comment, many criticized Chick-fil-A for "caving" to gay rights supporters. The Civil Rights Agenda group said it worked closely in negotiations between Chick-fil-A and Moreno.

The group said a letter signed by a company executive to the alderman assured Chick-fil-A's Winshape Foundation would take "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."

The restaurant chain has not specified which groups they will no longer donate to.

Chick-fil-A started the Winshape Foundation to develop leaders through strengthening social institutions like marriage.

Wednesday, Chick-fil-A also said in a statement that it will leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.

Read the entire updated statement from Chick-fil-A emailed to CBN News Sept. 20 here.

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