[UPDATED] Chick-fil-A Isn't the Only Food Company With Anti-Gay Claims. Here Are Five More!

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UPDATED, FEB. 7, 11:02 A.M.: We heard from a representative of Brown-Forman, who confirmed that the company does offer same-sex domestic-partner coverage and has long-supported the LGBT community. We regret the inaccuracy. 

ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 3, 9:30, Chick-fil-A, trusty maker of chicken sandwiches and waffle fries, is in hot oil again after the New York Times reported the rage over one Pennsylvania location's plans to sponsor a marriage seminar run by one of the state's leading anti-gay organizations. Activists declared boycotts, college students urged officials to remove the restaurant from campuses and gay-rights blogs published headlines like, "If you're eating Chick-fil-A, you're eating anti-gay." 

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.

1. Domino's


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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
 
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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.

3. SEE UPDATE ABOVE.

4. Coors

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The Adolph Coors Foundation made waves in the 1970s and 1980s for its anti-union, anti-gay, anti-minority stance, then took major efforts in the 1990s to make nice with gay consumers, offering money to gay rights groups and becoming one of the first companies in the United States to offer marriage benefits to employees in same-sex relationships. While the Coors family took steps to distance its political activities with the Coors brand, the Castle Rock Foundation, established with a $36.6 million endowment from the Coors Foundation, continued to pour $2 to $3 million of Coors profits each year into anti-gay and other conservative causes into the 21st century, reports claim.

5. Formerly Anti-Gay: Rockstar Energy

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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. 

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8 comments
frodowan
frodowan

Yeaaah..I don't care. Chick-fil-a is still tasty. And Dominos. And Coors. And Rockstar.

Matthew B. Winkel
Matthew B. Winkel

Ummm ... no. Homosexuality is defined by http://dictionary.reference.co... ... gee, no specific mentions of intercourse at all! I know a gay couple that's been together for almost 35 years ... if that's not "true love" (and a commitment worthy of marriage), I don't know what is. Oh, and their private physical relationship -- IF ANY -- is nobody's business but theirs!

May the love and mercy of God shine like a rainbow on YOU and help you get a clue. "Respectfully" my foot!

Matthew B. Winkel
Matthew B. Winkel

People who pigeonhole everybody into artificial groups like "liberals" or "conservatives" or "Republicans" or "Democrats" are idiots ...

Matthew B. Winkel
Matthew B. Winkel

The (well, _a_) difference between Them (the anti-gay nuts) and Us (GLBT people and staunch allies like me) is that We don't want to TAKE MARRIAGE AWAY from heterosexual couples (except maybe some radical "liberals" I haven't heard of) ...

The boycotts, etc., may be overreactions, but we wouldn't have to react at all if there were no wrong done in the first place! I don't know about Chick-fil-A's, but Target's shareholders (and customers) didn't know about their shady dealings until they were exposed by a third party. Don't you think we all have a right to (at least) know where our money is going? :D

Matthew B. Winkel
Matthew B. Winkel

So YOUR taste buds come before OTHER people's lives/livelihoods/safety/dignity/freedom?

Rick Garner
Rick Garner

Oh, I don't disagree that it's nice to know what companies are doing with their funds. I do find the concept of our money interesting. Once I've paid someone for a service or a product, it's no longer my money. Thus, it could be viewed that whatever they do with that money is the company's business.

Ultimately, there are extremes in both camps which is why we all should grow up and disagree on things without being disagreeable.

Matthew B. Winkel
Matthew B. Winkel

But if I know where their money is going, I can prevent my money from becoming theirs in the first place ... S:

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