Chick-fil-A to end donations to anti-gay groups, draft memo about policies

Couple Tyler Savage, left, and Larry Farris kiss at a Dallas Chick-fil-A Friday, Aug. 3, for National Same-sex Kiss-in Day. (Anna Waugh/Dallas Voice)

Chick-fil-A is reportedly ending its contributions to anti-gay groups, including Focus on the Family and the National Organization for Marriage.

The decision came after discussions this month with Chicago’s Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Moreno made headlines this summer for opposing a new Chick-fil-A in a Westside ward after company President Dan Cathy’s stated opposition to marriage equality. Cathy’s comments sparked debate about civil rights and freedom of speech, along with protests and petitions to kick the restaurant of college campuses, leading to Cathy meeting with LGBT college leaders last month.

Moreno told the Times that the company would not add LGBT protections to its nondiscrimination policy but would send a memo to its restaurants called “Chick-fil-A: Who We Are.” The memo will state Chick-fil-A’s promise to “treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender” and to not “engage in political or social debates.”

Moreno told Chicago’s LGBT newspaper, the Windy City Times, that it’s “a win for the LGBT community” and “for everyone who works for the cause of equal rights, and a win for Chick- fil-A. This is a win for all.”

Chick-fil-A has not released an official announcement stating that the company would cease donations to anti-gay organization, but a letter sent to Moreno signed by the company’s senior director states that it is “now 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.”

Donations will now go to foster-care agencies and community service organizations.

—  Dallasvoice

This is what happens when people like State Rep. Sally Kern condone heterosexual bestiality

Believe it or not, anti-gay Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern once suggested that she believes bestiality is OK as long as it’s heterosexual. It’s true: She made the statement during an interview with Sirius XM Radio’s Michelangelo Signorile about Kern’s book-banning campaign way back in 2005 — long before she became such a famous bigot.

In a column published by The Windy City Times, Signorile wrote that he asked Kern whether she shouldn’t try to ban Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, since Snow White kisses a frog. “The difference there,” Kern responded, “is that that is still in the heterosexual lifestyle.”

Well, it appears as though five years later, one married heterosexual couple from Bethany, Okla. — which is in Kern’s district and backyard — may have taken her words to heart. The Oklahoman reports:

Edward James Double, 35, and his wife, Brandy Teresa Double, 35, were jailed Tuesday on complaints of bestiality, exhibition of obscene materials to minor children, maintaining a disorderly house, possession of illegal drugs and soliciting sexual conduct with a minor. Edward Double also faces a complaint of indecent exposure.

“We’ve recovered videotape of people having sex with animals,” Bethany Police Chief Phil Cole said. “It’s disgusting. And we pray that none of the kids have been molested.”

Cole said upon review of the video evidence, recordings were found of the Doubles having sexual relations with a canine. Investigators were able to determine the recordings were made in the master bedroom of the home. Investigators also found 6 grams of marijuana and paraphernalia in the home.

Three dogs were taken from the residence, Cole said.

The story doesn’t indicate the sex of the dogs, but as long as the marriage was between a man and a woman, right? Who knows, maybe Kern can try to get these fine upstanding heterosexuals a pardon.

—  John Wright