Chick-fil-A's arrival in Canada is met with pro-LGBTQ boycotts

A Chick-fil-A protest in L.A. (Photo: Tibrina Hobson/FilmMagic)

Chick-fil-A management announced a plan to open its first Canada location — in Toronto — were not met with fans eagerly seeking waffle fries. Instead, they were told to stay out of their country by LGBTQ supporters.

CEO of the fast-food chain, Dan Cathy, is well known for not supporting same-sex marriage. “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that,” Cathy told the Baptist Press in 2012.

The chain, through its WinShape Foundation, also donated millions of dollars to organizations that oppose same-sex marriage.

Because of the company’s antigay stance, many consumers have chosen to boycott the company.

However, it seems some fans of the chain have be persuaded to partake of some chicken and biscuits, despite the company’s policies.

Chick-fil-A president and chief operating officer Tim Tassopoulos told Business Insider that the company plans to open at least 15 restaurants in the Toronto area over the next five years.

These restaurants will be the chain’s first franchises outside of the U.S.

“We had been considering international expansion for a while,” Tassopoulos said. “Based on the momentum we have had in the U.S., especially in urban markets like New York, Chicago, Seattle, and Portland, we feel that now is the time to take the next step. Toronto is the next step.”

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