Chick-fil-A fran­chisee angers con­ser­va­tives over LGBT event

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Chick-fil-A is catching ma­jor heat on­line from con­ser­va­tives for its role as a spon­sor of the LGBT film fes­ti­val, “Level Ground.” Billed as the world’s first film fes­ti­val con­nect­ing les­bian, gay and trans­gen­der sex­u­al­ity with faith, Chick-fil-A’s role as spon­sor has spurred a a pe­ti­tion de­mand­ing an of­fi­cial re­sponse and clar­i­fi­ca­tion of the com­pany’s “cor­po­rate stance re­gard­ing pre­vi­ously stated Chris­tian val­ues on mar­riage and stew­ard­ship.”

The pe­ti­tion has been signed by nearly 800 supporters, with a goal of 1,000 at press time.

The Ad­vo­cate warns not to get too ex­cited about Chick-fil-A’s move to­ward em­brac­ing LGBT peo­ple:

Just hours af­ter the ar­ti­cle went live, a spokesper­son for the Southern Bap­tist, fam­ily-owned fast food chain swiftly is­sued a clar­i­fi­ca­tion, telling [foodie web­site] Eater Chick-fil-A it­self was never a spon­sor of “Level Ground.” The ac­tual spon­sor is a fran­chise owner in Nashville. A sim­i­lar case hap­pened last Novem­ber when a Hol­ly­wood fran­chise do­nated 20 per­cent of its one-day pro­ceeds to the LGBT stu­dent group, Cam­pus Pride.

A Chick-fil-A rep­re­sen­ta­tive told Eater, “The op­er­a­tors make de­ci­sions on lo­cal spon­sor­ships.”

Chick-fil-A first caught the ire of gay cus­tomers in 2012 when CEO Dan Cathy alien­ated just about ev­ery­one who wasn’t a straight evan­gel­i­cal ho­mo­phobe when he re­sponded “guilty as charged” to a ques­tion posed by a Bap­tist state news­pa­per ed­i­tor about the com­pany’s sup­port for groups that op­pose same-sex mar­riage.

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