Chicken chain embroiled in anti-gay controversy moves into Canada

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A chicken chain which has become known across the US for becoming involved in an anti-gay controversy as much as its food, has taken to Canada.

In 2012 it emerged that the fast food chain Chick-fil-A had donated millions of dollars to anti-gay groups including the Family Research Council, Exodus International and Focus on the Family, after Cathy said the business supports ‘Biblical families’.

Last month, Chick-fil-A boss Dan Cathy said that he had “learned a lot” from embroiling his chain in controversy over gay rights, and regrets not focussing on customer service, but hadn’t changed his mind.

Now the company has taken to Canada, opening up a shop in Calgary International Airport, but reiterated its stance that it will avoid being involved in politics.

When talking to customers about the launch, the chain asked the Calgary Herald to avoid talking about past controversies.

“We’re not trying to bring any attention to that. I would ask you not ask the guests that question,” director of licensing Cheryl Dick told the Herald.

As well as quietly opening up shops in locations such as Calgary, the brand also plans to expand to 108 new locations, which includes places where it faces opposition for its stance on gay rights.

The chain saw New York City as a particular challenge, reports HuffPost, on whether it can expand out of its southern roots.

A pro-gay fried chicken restaurant that provides free condoms with your meal last month opened in Chicago.