Unlike many pro-gay-marriage activists who have been boycotting Chick-fil-A, President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign Obama for America has spent money at the restaurant chain.
Obama famously came out in support of gay marriage in May, enjoying a surge in campaign donations post-announcement.
While gay activists have staged boycotts of the chain since then, expenditure records at Political Moneyline show that on June 29, 2012 Obama for America spent $62 at Chick-fil-A in Atlanta, Ga.
While the money the campaign spent is pittance in comparison to Obama’s overall re-election expenditures, it clashes with the president’s recent endorsement of gay marriage and Chick-fil-A’s foray into the gay marriage debate.
This month, Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy ignited a bigger firestorm of criticism and additional boycotts — and cheers from supporters of traditional marriage — when he confirmed to the Baptist Press that the Atlanta-based company was “guilty as charged” in its support of traditional marriage.
“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy said. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”
Despite the Obama campaign dollars that went to Chick-fil-a, on Thursday Boston Democratic Mayor Thomas Menino vowed to keep the eatery out of his city.
“Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston,” Menino told the Boston Herald. “You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population. We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion.”
Chick-fil-A contends that is does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.
“The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender,” a statement from the restaurant chain, said according to the Associated Press. “Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”
Romney for President Inc. has spent over $500 at Chick-fil-A this election cycle.
The Obama campaign did not respond to request for comment.