Chick-Fil-A Apparently Backtracks: An Unfortunate Development

I was reasonably optimistic about Chick-Fil-A’s apparent overture to end their practices of donating to anti-LGBT organizations. But apparently their president, Dan Cathy, issued a statement actively contradicting previous reports in the form of a correction. Cathy was quoted as saying:

“There continues to be erroneous implications in the media that Chick-fil-A changed our practices and priorities in order to obtain permission for a new restaurant in Chicago. That is incorrect. Chick-fil-A made no such concessions, and we remain true to who we are and who we have been.”

With nothing more than a vague intuition, my sense is that there may be some confusion or strife within the company itself. Other than simply outright incorrect reporting, what else can explain such polar views coming from the same corporation? However, as a private company, Cathy’s public word is probably a better indicator of the company’s position than an arbitrator in Chicago.