As a new branch of the popular fast-food chain Chik-fil-A opens in Sugar House this November, it will face an all-day protest from queer-rights and animal-rights activists. The protest comes as part of a nationwide movement against the restaurant chain which is well known for promoting the Southern Baptist principles of the founder and owner.
“They have a strong record against equality that is well documented,” said protest organizer Kyle Foote. “I think it’s important for us, as Salt Lake City residents, to be very careful about who we invite to be our neighbors. Does Chik-fil-A really espouse the values we want to have in our community?”
In January of this year, an individual franchise owner sponsored the anti-gay Pennsylvania Family Institute conference. Through the company’s Wingate Foundation, a large donation was also made to the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage.
The company’s stated mission is to “glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us.” The company touts its support for traditional families and even runs a ‘marriage institute,’ where gay couples are not welcome.
The company’s treatment of animals is also a cause for protest and those involved in animal-rights groups are welcome to attend, Foote said.
“We want this to be a multipronged defense attack and we’re going to have people there all day, from open to close, protesting in shifts,” Foote said. “Our goal is to have about 200 people involved.”
The protest will be held on Nov. 10, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the new location, 1206 E. 2100 South. Those interested in participating should go to the Facebook event page, Protest the Opening of Chik-fil-A in Sugar House. As the event nears, a schedule with time blocks will be distributed to ensure there are people staffing the rally all day, Foote said.
“Here’s a chance to show Chik-fil-A and other community members who is being hurt by anti-gay policies,” Foote said. “Even if you just stop by on your lunch break to protest, it can make a huge impact.”