Published: Sun, October 20, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Chick-fil-A closing first England location just days after opening

Chick-fil-A closing first England location just days after opening

A Chick-fil-A spokesperson, however, says the company always meant to only be at in Reading for that six month pilot.

Meanwhile, the Paul Anderson Youth Home allegedly "teaches boys that homosexuality is wrong and that same-sex marriage is 'rage against Jesus Christ and His values, '" ThinkProgress reported.

LGBT+ rights groups in Reading, including the organizers of Reading Pride, have been critical of the new Chick-fil-A branch in recent weeks.

The US company's corporate objective is: "To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us". We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families.

Reading Pride said: 'The chain's ethos and moral stance goes completely against our values, and that of the United Kingdom as we are a progressive country that has legalised same-sex marriage for some years and continues to strive towards equality'.

In a radio interview the same year, Cathy said that by redefining marriage, "I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation".

After the statement was made LGBT people began a series of boycotts, kiss-ins and same-sex marriages outside the restaurants across the US. We have never donated with the goal of supporting a social or political agenda.

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Samuel Cathy used Chick-fil-A profits to fund charities including Exodus International, a group which promoted gay and transgender conversion therapy.

According to the BBC, the Oracle mall in Reading, Berkshire, decided it was "the right thing to do" to not allow an extension on Chick-fil-A's lease beyond its initial "six-month pilot period", after LGBT activists campaigned for a mass boycott.

According to the New York Times, LGBT advocacy groups in England have succeeded in convincing The Oracle shopping center in Reading not to renew Chick-fil-A's lease, leading the company to announce that it permanently close the Reading location at the end of this six month period.

Reading Pride said it still plans to hold a protest this morning despite the announcement and will continue to protest against the restaurant until it closes in six months' time.

Chick-fil-A had previously told the BBC: "Our giving has always focused on youth and education".

Reading Pride organizers said that Saturday's protest will go ahead as planned-despite the store closing-"to advise where their money should go" as they believe Chick-fil-A will be "profiting from unsuspecting patrons" over the six-month tenure of its lease.

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