Montana’s Attorney General, Republican Tim Fox, is begging Chick-fil-A to open more franchises in the state. Fox says he is “outraged” that the chain has been criticized for their anti-LGBTQ donations.
While other cities and states are banning the notoriously homophobic fast food chicken chain from opening up shop, Fox, who is a candidate for Governor in 2020, is taking the opposite position.
Local city councils in San Antonio, Texas and Buffalo, New York recently Chick-fil-A banned from another airport over continued donations to anti-LGBTQ groups.
“While your company faces a barrage of unnecessary criticism from places like San Antonio, Tx and Buffalo, NY, I want you to know that Montanans don’t discriminate against others based on religious affiliation,” Fox wrote in a letter to Chick-fil-A executives. “That’s why I’d like to extend Chik-fil-A an invitation to expand its operations in Big Sky Country.”
“Just to be clear, in Montana, beef is king,” Fox added. “But we sure know good food when we taste it.”
Seven years ago, Chick-fil-A’s record of donating to anti-LGBTQ organizations came to light. The fast food chain had donated to the the SPLC-designated hate group Family Research Counsel and the conversion therapy group Exodus International.
CEO Dan Cathy told a newspaper that the company was “guilty as charged” of making anti-LGBTQ donations and said that marriage equality proponents “have the audacity to define what marriage is about” and were “inviting God’s judgment on our nation.”
Chick-fil-a has spent years trying to downplay these donations, saying that they “will treat every person equally, regardless of sexual orientation” and that the company’s charity arm “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.”
But that hasn’t stopped them from donating to anti-LGBTQ organizations.