Chick-fil-A Is Coming to Palm Springs and the Local Gays Are Not Happy

Emell Adolphus READ TIME: 1 MIN.

Chick-fil-A is coming to Palm Springs with its first-ever location in the LGBTQ hot spot, and not everyone is happy about it.

As reported by The Palm Springs Post, the Christian-leaning restaurant chain is already drawing responses from local residents about the development and they are less than stellar.

A spokesperson for the city confirmed that the project is "on hold" while the final leasing and development terms are worked out.

Addressing the controversy around the development, Palm Springs city council mayor Jeffrey Bernstein took to Facebook ho clear the air over the decision to approve welcoming the chicken restaurant to the area.

"I want to be clear that while I may not agree with others' political views, I do not want to violate anyone's rights by denying a land use entitlement based on the political beliefs or contributions of the applicant," wrote Bernstein, who is one of many council members who identify as gay. "I am a strong advocate for businesses that align with our city's vision, including economic stewardship, supporting locally owned businesses, supporting a healthy community, as well as diversity, equity and inclusion."

When up and running, the new Chick-fil-A will be a 6,000-square-foot restaurant with three drive-thru lanes–which means it will have plenty of capacity for hungry locals.

But as good as Chick-fil-A's chicken can be, is it worth the political hassle? Time will tell if the locals will be able to look past the company behind the restaurant's history of supporting anti-LGBTQ causes.

Today Chick-fil-A boasts around 3,000 locations in the U.S.

by Emell Adolphus

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