Friday, 22 November, 2019

Chick-fil-A says U.K. location will close

Getty Images First UK Chick-fil-A Store to Close After LGBT Protest
Irene Mckinney | 24 October, 2019, 00:27

"We mutually agreed to a six month lease with the Oracle Mall in Reading as part of a longer term strategy for us as we look to expand our global presence".

"There is a war against traditional values across the globe", declared conservative commentator Todd Starnes concerning the pending closure of Chick-Fil-A's sole British outpost.

Reading Pride praised the "good news", and the UK Pride Network also celebrated.

In opposing Chick-fil-A, the Reading Pride group in the United Kingdom cited donations the chain made to three specific organizations, including the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, that it said have a reputation of being hostile to LGBT rights.

Chick-fil-A will now let guests order from their mobile phone-while sitting at the table.

Over 100 protesters crashed the grand opening with signs reading "cluck off".

Chick-fil-A has come under fire for donations to organizations that oppose LGBTQ rights, including nearly $2 million in 2017 - $1.2 million of which went to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a religious organization that requires its members to adhere to a "sexual purity" policy that outlaws "homosexual acts".

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The Wolverines scored a touchdown in the second quarter to trail, 21-7, at halftime thanks to a 12-yard run by Zach Charbonnet. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Penn State pushed the ball back to MI 49, but it didn't help the Wolverines .

"These kids are important to us", Rodney Bullard, the company's vice president of corporate social responsibility, told Business Insider.

Signs that read "Chuck-off" and "Freedom for All".

In 2017, Think Progress reported that Chick-fil-A donated to organizations that supported discriminatory messages.

All three organizations have a history of being discriminatory.

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes requires a "sexual purity" policy for its employees, according to its job application, which states: "The Bible is clear in teaching on sexual sin including sex outside of marriage and homosexual acts". Exodus International closed in 2013, but had been a proponent of conversion therapy.

Chick-fil-A chairman and CEO Dan Cathy famously spoke out against marriage equality in 2012 and admitted that he backed anti-marriage equality initiatives.

Following the news that a branch of Chick-fil-A would open in the city, Reading Pride called for a boycott of the company. "We are really excited to explore different cities across the country including Edinburgh as a possible future location and showcase what Chick-fil-A has to offer", he was quoted as saying.

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