by Diana Valentine
Students in Duquesne University’s Student Government Association are urging the school’s administration to reconsider bringing popular food chain Chick-fil-A to their campus due to the views of the company’s owner on same-sex marriage.
In 2012, Chick-fil-A COO Dan T. Cathy voiced his belief in traditional marriage, and later, reports uncovered that the company had donated to several organizations that opposed same-sex marriage. Following the outrage unleashed by the LGBT community, Chick-fil-A released a statement saying that they would no longer contribute to anti-LGBT organizations and would “leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”
However, some left-leaning millennials clearly still hold a grudge. According to Duquesne student senator Niko Martini, “Chick-fil-A has a questionable history on civil rights and human rights,” The Duke — Duquesne’s student newspaper — reported. “I think it’s imperative the university chooses to do business with organizations that coincide with the [university’s] mission and expectations they give students regarding diversity and inclusion.” The president of the school’s Lambda board agreed with Martini’s position, arguing that allowing a Chick-fil-A to open on school grounds might make students feel “at risk.”
The spokesperson for Duquesne, which is a Catholic institution, said that Chick-fil-A was being brought to the school’s campus after many students requested it.
This is just one of the many attacks on Chick-fil-A by liberal college students in recent years. The restaurant chain has been banned from John Hopkins University, the University of Nebraska, Elon University, and Emory University, all at the behest of student groups. Chick-fil-A also faced a nationwide boycott called by LGBT groups in 2012 after Cathy’s initial comments, though a subsequent effort by its supporters actually led to the restaurant reporting record profits, despite the controversy.
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