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January 30, 2013

Gay-Rights Group Says Chick-fil-A Is Scaling Back Marriage Activism

Fast-food chain Chick-fil-A, the subject of both boycott calls and support rallies last year over its founding family's support of groups opposed to same-sex-marriage, is no longer backing the most politically charged of such groups, the leader of a national gay-rights organization tells CNN.

Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride, said 2011 tax records from Chick-fil-A's WinShape Foundation show it continues to support faith groups that oppose gay marriage but no longer finances what he called "the most divisive, anti-LGBT groups," such as Family Research Council, Eagle Forum, and Exodus International.

Mr. Windmeyer said his group suspended a national campaign against Chick-fil-A after he and the firm's president, Dan Cathy, began a dialogue last summer in an "effort to find common ground." CNN said neither the company nor the WinShape Foundation returned calls for comment.