Photo: 1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno
Chicago’s 1st ward alderman Joe Moreno is now welcoming the fried chicken chain, Chick-fil-A and its artery choking sandwiches into his ward and for his constituents to enjoy. The change of heart has come in great part after the restaurant included a “statement of respect for all sexual orientations,” and only after much urging from Moreno himself. In addition Moreno is pleased that the company’s foundation, WinShape, has agreed according to a press release, not to contribute money to gay-bashing groups and those that oppose gay marriage.
Moreno who is Mexican-American, was elected to this very diverse ward in 2010 and in 2011 enjoyed 74% of his ward’s vote. Interestingly his city bio says he’s a vegetarian, so no fried chicken sandwiches for him.
The Georgia-based restaurant chain has faced a backlash and negative publicity over its founder’s, Dan Cathy’s vocal opposition to same-sex marriage. Certain legislators including Moreno did not want Chick-fil-A coming to their city espousing biased views.
In a letter addressed to Alderman Moreno and signed by Chick-fil-A’s Senior Director of Real Estate, it states, “The WinShape Foundations 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.”
Winshape, a non-profit funded by Chick-fil-a, has donated millions of dollars to anti-LGBT groups, including some classified as hate groups. In meetings the company executives clarified that they will no longer give to those anti-gay organizations.
Moreno, stated to the Chicago Tribune he feels affirmed of the company’s commitment to equal treatment for all, others may feel they were thrown a bone and a small one like a clavicle bone.