Big News from three conservative organizations today. First came the news that Chic-fil-a has agreed to stop funding anti-gay organizations, according to Campus Pride Executive Director Shane Windemeyer. He said he was contacted by Chic-fil-a president Dan Cathy about his organization's boycott of the restaurants on college campuses around the country. Through "shared enduring, respectful communication and built trust," they agreed that Campus Pride would end its boycott and Chic-fil-a's Winshape charitable foundation would stop funding organizations that seek to persecute gays. Their tax returns have not been released, but you can read Shane's entire piece here. Does this mean I can eat at Chic-fil-a again?
MSNBC reported today that the Boy Scouts of America are close to ending their ban on gay members and leaders. Here is Pete Williams' report:
It's no coincindence that the BSA's next National Board Chairman, Randall Stephenson of AT&T as well as National Board member James Turley of Ernst and Young have both said they would work to end the ban. Of course they don't want to associate their corporations with bigotry.
Finally, there is news from Susan G. Komen Foundation, the massive breast cancer charity that hasn't been known as anti gay but did endure a barrage of bad publicity after hiring strident anti-gay bigot, anti-abortion ideologue and failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel and abruptly ending funding to Planned Parenthood. The Handel disaster turned Komen into a hard-right political organization in the eyes of many and contributions plummeted. Several board members resigned in the midst of the scandal before Komen reversed its position. Among those was Eric Brinker, son of Komen founder Nancy Brinker who also happens to be gay. Last Thursday, mother and son hosted a high-profile fundraiser for Lambda Legal. Eric called his mother "the most supportive mom in the world." Nancy Brinker is a powerful person in Republican politics and served as Ambassador to Hungary and Chief of Protocol for the United States under President George W. Bush. I see this as yet another sign of the Republican retreat from ugly anti-gay policies and toward the mainstream. Good for her for supporting her son.