After the firm announced its plans for its Reading branch, the decision was condemned by LGBT+ rights groups across the UK. Reading Pride said: “The chain’s ethos and moral stance goes completely against our values, and that of the UK as we are a progressive country that has legalised same-sex marriage for some years and continues to strive towards equality.”
The first UK branch of a popular American chicken restaurant is set to close following a backlash over its owner’s stance on LGBT+ rights.
Chick-fil-A opened its first branch of the fast-food chain in Reading on October 10, however, it was revealed that the outlet would be temporary eight days later.
The opening in the Oracle shopping centre prompted harsh criticism from LGBT+ groups due to comments made by the founder’s son.
Both chief executive Dan Cathy and his late father Samual, who founded the chain in 1946, have publicly made donations towards anti-LGBT+ groups.
After Mr Cathy Jr publicly opposed same-sex marriage in 2012, LGBT+ people began a series of boycotts, kiss-ins and same-sex marriages outside the restaurants across the US.
He said: “We’re inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.”
Samuel Cathy used Chick-fil-A profits to fund charities including Exodus International, a group which promoted gay and transgender conversion therapy.
His son has also been accused of recently providing $1.9m (£1.4m) to the charity Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which opposes same-sex relationships.