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Reading LGBT protest held over Chick-fil-A outlet

Reading LGBT protest held over Chick-fil-A outlet”

A Chick-fil-A spokesman said: "We hope our guests in the United Kingdom will see that Chick-fil-A is a restaurant company focused on serving great food and hospitality, and does not have a social or political agenda".

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.

More than 60 people joined the protest outside The Oracle shopping centre in Reading, where Chick-fil-A opened its first branch on 10 October. We give God thanks for that. "What we have here is a restaurant owned by a family that has very backward beliefs that actively promote anti LGBT charities, which have sent preachers to Uganda to assist in the "kill the gays law".

The group's Kirsten Bayes told protesters: "Companies like this have no place here in Reading and they have no place anywhere".

The Oracle shopping mall in Reading, England had entered into a six-month pilot period with the American fast food chain, but announced Friday - only eight days after the fast food restaurant's grand opening - that it would not be renewing the lease, according to the BBC.

The Chick-fil-A Foundation released a statement appearing to respond to the ThinkProgress report, in which they asserted that they "do not have a political or social agenda".

Unmoved by such defences, The Oracle has now confirmed that while it "always look [s] to introduce new concepts for our customers... we have decided on this occasion that the right thing to do is to only allow Chick-Fil-A to trade with us for the initial six-month pilot period, and not to extend the lease any further".

Campaigners from LGBT organisation, Reading Pride, said all three organisations have a reputation of being hostile to LGBT rights.

"There are 145,000 people - black, white; gay, straight; Christian, non-Christian - who represent Chick-fil-A", the spokesman protested. "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".

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



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