Reading LGBT protest held over Chick-fil-A outlet


This new ordering option enables customers to order from a table in the restaurant via the Chick-Fil-A app and have it delivered directly to their table, eliminating the need to stand in line or place an order at the counter. A mall spokesperson told the BBC that the company would not be allowed to stay beyond its initial "six-month pilot period", calling it the "right thing to do".

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

The company has donated millions of dollars to Christian charities that oppose same-sex marriage and CEO Dan Cathy sparked a boycott in 2012 when he publicly stated his support for the "biblical definition of the family unit".

Reading Pride has said that it will continue to protest the outlet as long as it remains at the Oracle Centre.

The restaurant said it will remain in operation until its lease is complete in order to allow for employee resettlement, a move that Reading Pride called "reasonable".

The news came as an LGBTQ group held protests outside the brand-new restaurant at the Oracle Mall in Reading, denouncing the company's opposition to same-sex marriage.

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A spokesman for the restaurant stated that the six-month lease was always meant to be temporary, as the company looks to expand internationally.

After Chick-fil-A announced its plans for its Reading branch, the decision was condemned by LGBT rights groups across the UK.

Chick-fil-A and the shopping center faced backlash when the first United Kingdom location of the chicken chain opened last week.

Chick-fil-A is one of the most profitable fast-food chains in the U.S. which has been popular for serving its customers in an excellent fashion.

Reading Pride, the local lesbian, gay, bi, transgender advocacy group, released a statement on Twitter that outlined its "staunch" opposition to the restaurant opening. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Paul Anderson Youth Home, and the Salvation Army are the organizations Chick-fil-A helped to fund, all of which are known for their anti-LGBTQ messages. The Facebook invitation to the protest draws connections between Chick-fil-A and anti-LGBTQ legislation in Uganda, including the "Kill the Gays" bill that would impose the death penalty for homosexuality.