Popular fast-food chain Chick-fil-A offers tasty food to satisfy chicken cravings. However, the chain is under scrutiny by the student senators at Duquesne University who want to prevent the chain from opening a new restaurant in the fall.
Citing “fear” for their peers, the student senators don’t want Chick-fil-A to be a dining option on campus.
In a statement to The Duquesne Duke, Student Senator Niko Martini says, “Chick-fil-A has a questionable history on civil rights and human rights. I think it’s imperative [that] the university chooses to do business with organizations that coincide with the [university’s] mission and expectations they give students regarding diversity and inclusion.”
Back in 2012, Chick-fil-A’s president, Dan Cathy, acknowledged that his company donated to organizations opposed to same-sex marriage. “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,” he said. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”
In response, supporters of same-sex marriage labeled the company a “hate group” and some called for a boycott. Protests by LGBT activists were especially present on college campuses.
This isn’t the first time the chain has faced opposition surrounding opening a new establishment. In 2015, the Student Government Association at Johns Hopkins University asked that the university consider “non-discriminatory alternatives” to Chick-fil-A. In their view, showing support for traditional marriage was a “microaggression.”
Now, at Duquesne University, Rachel Coury, president of the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance, says,“I’ve tried very hard within the last semester and a half to promote this safe environment for the LGBTQ community. So I fear that with the Chick-fil-A being in Options [an on-campus food court] that maybe people will feel that safe place is at risk.”
She asks that “someone make a statement to eliminate the fear of being marginalized by having this business on campus.”
The Student Government Association President Olivia Erickson commented on the matter, acknowledging that she takes “this concern very seriously,” and is “working on gathering students’ opinions and getting all the facts we can so we can make the best decision.”
Despite the opposition, Chick-fil-A was requested in an earlier survey by students looking for additional chicken options on campus.
According to Scott Richards, the college’s Executive Director of Auxiliary Services, over 245 college campuses across the country enjoy Chick-fil-A restaurants near their campuses and he hopes the students at Duquesne University will be able to do so, too.
H/T: Campus Reform
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