Has Chick-fil-A lost out on this US city over president’s anti-gay stance?
Chicken restaurant Chick-fil-A may have hit a snag with its plans to expand into Denver, because of the chain’s anti-gay stance.
The brand had planned to expand into the city’s airport, but city council members for Denver have halted the decision.
The council members raised concerns over the company’s President Dan Cathy, who in the past plunged the brand into controversy over his stance against same-sex marriage.
In 2012, Cathy, when asked whether he believed in a “Biblical definition of a family unit”, he responded: “Guilty as charged”.
Months of controversy ensued, after which the company apparently tried to distance itself from all political stances.
The Denver city council said it wanted assurances that the restaurant wouldn’t discriminate, particularly in its hiring practices.
This comes as a 2013 survey of airport users found that Chick-fil-A was the second most sought after fast food brand for the airport.
Denver City Council’s Business Development Committee will consider Chick-fil-A’s proposal again on 1 September.