In this weird time we live in, with rancor and freedom from fact and hyper-polarization infecting so much of the public discussion, an amazing thing seems to have happened: Dan Cathy, the head of Chik-fil-A, and Shane Windmeyer, the head of Campus Pride and the leader of a boycott against Chik-fil-A, actually met, talked, shared information and ideas, and have now reached something that can reasonably be called a meeting of the minds about gay equality and corporate responsibility. There may even be something of a friendship.
Here, at HuffPo, is Windemeyer’s report of what happened. The boycott is off. Chick-fil-A has made modest but important changes in its giving to outside groups supporting marriage. Don’t look now, but something good just happened.
I’ve known and admired the Cathy family for years, and I thought that most (if not quite all) of the attack on them for being anti-gay was unfair and unfounded. I’m delighted to read this story, and this guy Windmeyer seems like a real leader.
Main take-away point for me: They actually met, talked, got to know one another. I know it can sound trite, but the more I hang around this issue, the more importance I attach to developing personal relationships. Yes, I realize that the hardball tactics — the boycott, the name-calling — is probably what brought Dan Cathy to the table in the first place. Point conceded. But still: I want to feel good for a moment about the simple humanity that seems to be on display here.