Huckabee: Nothing Changed at Chick-Fil-A

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Sept. 22 2012 1:39 PM

Mike Huckabee: Chick-Fil-A CEO Assured Me They’re Still Against Marriage Equality

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Well, this Chick-fil-A back-and-forth is certainly getting old. For those who care about where a sandwich chain stands on marriage equality, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee assured his Facebook fans that Chick-fil-A is as bigoted as ever.

“I talked earlier today personally with Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick fil-A about the new reports that Chick fil-A had capitulated to demands of the supporters of same sex marriage,” Huckabee writes. “This is not true.” Cathy issued a statement that Huckabee posted on his website:

There continues to be erroneous implications in the media that Chick-fil-A changed our practices and priorities in order to obtain permission for a new restaurant in Chicago. That is incorrect. Chick-fil-A made no such concessions, and we remain true to who we are and who we have been.
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Politico reminds readers it was Huckabee who organized the “Chick-fil-A appreciation day” this summer.

So, to recap, Chick-fil-A had allegedly told a Chicago alderman it would no longer contribute to groups that oppose same-sex marriage as a condition for opening a store in his ward. Then we reported that there appears to be a huge loophole allowing the chain to continue funneling cash to anti-equality groups. And now it seems the company CEO is saying it's business as usual.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.

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