Sarah Palin is joining a who’s-who of conservative activists — Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Rev. Billy Graham, The Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America — in supporting Chick-fil-A, the fast food chain that has donated millions of dollars to anti-gay organizations, including “reparative therapy” groups like Exodus International.
“Stopped by Chick-fil-A in The Woodlands to support a great business,” the former Alaska governor tweeted on Friday night and posted a picture of her and husband Todd giving a thumbs up to the restaurant:
Chick-fil-A is one of a very small number of major national companies that refuses to offer any employment protections to LGBT employees. In fact, the company received a 0 rating from the Human Rights Campaign and has a record of firing employees it believes engage in “sinful” behavior. Activists from across the country are protesting the company after its president condemned homosexuality in a recent radio interview.
The Palins, meanwhile, have long been accused of being hostile to gay and lesbian equality. During a recent episode of Bristol Palin’s Lifetime Show, Life’s a Tripp, her young son used the epithet “faggot” to deride his aunt. Asked about the incident in Los Angeles recently, Palin grew visibly upset and proclaimed, “I like gays. I’m not homphobic and I’m so sick of people saying that just becuase I’m for traditional marriage,” she said. Her parents’ very public enthusiasm for a company that donates millions to groups that try to “cure” people of being gay, however, may undermine her claim.