ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia-based restaurant chain that drew national attention when its owner reaffirmed his opposition to same-sex marriage says it's leaving the debate to politicians in the future.
Chick-fil-A issued a statement to that effect Wednesday when asked to comment on a claim earlier in the day that the company had stopped funding organizations that oppose same-sex marriage.
Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno announced the alleged policy change, which he said followed extended negotiations. He said as a result, he would no longer try to block a Chick-fil-A restaurant from opening in his district.
The company declined to comment beyond a statement saying it planned "to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena."
Anti-gay groups listed as recipients of funds in the past declined to comment.
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