Despite assurances that Chick-Fil-A was through supporting groups opposed to gay marriage, CEO Dan Cathy on Tuesday tweeted support for an event backed by a group with links to anti-gay marriage foes.

Chicago Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno on Wednesday asserted that he had dropped his opposition to a planned Chick-Fil-A eatery in his ward after the company pledged to no longer fund groups with “political agendas” and promised to include a statement of respect for all sexual orientations in an internal memo titled “Chick-Fil-A: Who We Are.”

Cathy messaged, “WinShape Ride for the Family bikers locked and loaded for 200 mile ride to Wilmington out of Charleston,” along with a photo of a pack of motorcyclists.

The ride is a fundraiser for the Marriage and Family Foundation (MFF), gay glossy The Advocate reported.

According to Equality Matters, MFF, which changed its name from the Marriage and Family Legacy Fund in 2008, is a project of Marriage CoMission, which is backed by anti-gay activists such as Exodus International's Alan Chambers and Citizens for Community Values' Barry Sheets.

WinShape, Chick-Fil-A's political arm, has donated millions of dollars to MFF's mission of promoting “stable, lasting marriages.”

Meanwhile, Chick-Fil-A's entire memo was also released on Thursday. In it, the company insists it has always respected people based on sexual orientation and suggests it has been unfairly attacked.

“For many months now, Chick-Fil-A's corporate giving has been mischaracterized,” the independent owners wrote.

(Related: Chick-Fil-A gave $2 million to anti-gay groups in 2009.)

“A part of our corporate commitment is to be responsible stewards of all that God has entrusted to us. Because of this commitment, Chick-Fil-A's giving heritage is focused on programs that educate youth, strengthen families and enrich marriages, and support communities. We will continue to focus on giving in those areas. Our intent is not to support political or social agendas.”

“As we have stated, the Chick-Fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.”