The American fast-food chain Chick-Fil-A is going to shut down its first and only chain the in United Kingdom in six months. The decision came after rising protests from the LGBTQ community over the company’s opposition to same-sex marriage. LGBTQ community has been protesting against the restaurant for contributing millions of dollars to anti-LGBTQ groups. Gay rights activists have urged for a complete boycott of the restaurant, which recently opened its first branch in the Oracle shopping center. It was the second location of the restaurant outside the US. An official of the Oracle Shopping center has said that they will not renew the six-month lease of Chick-A-Fil.
The store opened its first branch at Reading in the UK on 10 Oct, which is close to half an hour’s drive from London. Considering the intensifying protest, officials have decided to close down the restaurant. In 2017, LGBTQ activists had also attacked the company’s CEO Dan Cathy for his regressive remarks. Cathy condemned homosexuality and he donated a huge amount of money to spread anti-LGBTQ rhetoric. The American chain has denied the allegations. They said that donations were intended to help the homeless and poverty-stricken young people. Officials said that there was no political or social agenda behind the donations.
CEO of the restaurant, Dan Cathy said that he strongly believes in the biblical definition of a family unit where they are married to their first wives and he will do anything to strengthen the structure of the ideal family defined by God himself. This comment did not go down well with gay rights activists. Chick-Fil-A foundation donated approximately over 1.6 billion dollars to the fellowship of Christian athletes. Fellowship of Christian athletes directs employees to follow the Sexual purity clause. Atlanta based eatery joint opened its first branch outside the US in Toronto Canada. The US based company has been looking for its international expansion. The closing of the UK restaurant has come has a major setback for Chick-Fil-A.