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US fast-food chain Chick-fil-A has changed its charitable giving policy, which has been criticized by LGBTQ activists.

The restaurant company did not explain the decision but said it wanted to offer "greater clarity" about its donations.

The firm said its giving will now focus on education, homelessness and hunger.

Chic-A faces a 2012 review of CEO Dan Katie's comments on same-sex marriage.

Leaders in Boston, New York and other cities have spoken or proposed to ban the family-owned company, which boasts about 2,400 outlets across North America.

Last month, the owner of Britain's first shopping mall in Reading said he would not renew the store's lease after a protest by LGBT rights activists.

"Sad"

Mr Cathy had earlier said she regretted her advocacy of same-sex marriage, though she did not reiterate the position she had associated with her Christian faith.

Chic Fi-A has also already stopped donating to a group of groups that campaigned against same-sex marriage.

On Monday, he said his charity would take a "more focused" approach and found recipients of $ 9m in 2020 donations.

The list did not include two organizations – the Society of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army – that continued to create fire.

The Society of Christian Athletes, which received $ 1.65 million in 2018 for youth sports camps in historic black colleges, did not respond to a request for comment.

The organization requires participants to abide by a policy of sexual purity that prohibits homosexual intercourse and sex outside of marriage.

The rescue army, which received $ 115,000 last year, said it was "sad" to find out about Chic-Fil-A's decision and disputed the claim that its policies were hostile to the LGBTQ community.

"We serve more than 23 million people a year, including those in the LGBTQ + community," the charity said. "We … greatly value those partners and donors who guarantee that anyone who needs our help feels safe and comfortable coming through our doors.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who backed Chic-A during earlier controversy, said the company's changes had sent a clear message.

"They surrendered to anti-Christian hate groups" in a bid to make more money, he wrote on Twitter.

Chic-A did not elaborate on the decision to stop funding both groups, except to say that its charity hand has fulfilled the multi-year commitments to both groups that ended in 2018.

The company said that faith-based organizations will also be eligible for future donations.

GLAD, a gay rights group that campaigned against the chain, said the announcement should be welcomed with "cautious optimism".

However, it is said to remain concerned about the links between the Katy's private foundation and the Focus family, which opposes same-sex marriages. The chain also lacks policies to ensure a safe job for LGBTQ employees, the report said.

"Pile-A-A … should speak unequivocally against the anti-LGBTQ reputation of their brand," said Drew Anderson, director of campaigns and rapid response at GLAD.


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