[UPDATED] Chick-fil-A Isn't the Only Food Company With Anti-Gay Claims. Here Are Five More!
The outcry prompted Dan Cathy, president of the Georgia-based chain, to post a video on the company's Facebook page stating: "Heartfelt hospitality is at the core of Chick-fil-A. We want a welcoming and comfortable environment for all of our guests."
But why should Chick-fil-A get all the attention? Companies have smacked with anti-gay claims for years. Let's spread the love--er, hate?
After the jump, see five food and beverage companies that have made various anti-gay blacklists.
Founder Tom Monaghan has dished out funds for initiatives and organizations that oppose the rights of the LGBT community, according to gay-rights blog Guy Dads. He co-founded the Thomas More Law Center, which advocated in court to restrict access to domestic partner benefits, and in 2001, he financed a ballot proposal in Ypsilanti, Mich., to remove sexual orientation from the city's non-discrimination ordinance.
2. Request Foods, a supplier to Campbell's Soup
In a political ad attacking a local nondiscrimination policy, the Michigan-based packaged-foods company accused gay people of being psychologically disordered, suggested that people can spontaneously change their sexual orientation, and argued that gays and lesbians don't deserve civil rights because homosexuality is destructive to society, reports a petition on Change.org. Request Foods president Jack DeWitt has also contributed thousands to the anti-gay group Family Research Council's political action committee.
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5. Formerly Anti-Gay: Rockstar Energy
As posted by Guy Dads, Russell Weiner, the CEO of Rockstar, is the son of extreme right-wing radio host Michael Savage. (Sample Savage response: "You're one of the sodomites. You should only get AIDS and die, you pig.") Savage drew on his experience as a botanist and herbalist to help formulate the energy drink. But in 2009, Rockstar denounced Savage's hate-filled speech and pledged that the company would be more LGBT friendly, putting its words to action by including non-discrimination clauses and domestic partner benefits in its policies and donating $100,000 to gay-rights organizations.