Students at Boston’s Northeastern University have succeeded in blocking fast-food chain Chick-fil-A from opening a franchise on the school’s campus, following complaints that the company financially supports organizations that have an “anti-gay” bias.
Overall, the student body at the university had embraced a proposal for the popular restaurant to become a vendor in the student center, “until a small group of students complained about the organizations to which the company contributes through its WinShape Foundation,” reported World magazine. “Led by senior Taylor Cotter, a member of the school’s student Senate who spent almost a year opposing the company’s interest in coming to campus, the students circulated a petition and gathered 300 signatures — about 1.5 percent of the student body.”
Despite the relatively small opposition, the Student Government Association (SGA) voted 31-5 not to allow Chick-fil-A to become a campus vendor in the school’s recently renovated food court.
Joining the SGA in rejecting the franchise was Northeastern’s Graduate Student Government, which released a statement that read: “In light of Chick-fil-A’s financial support for groups advocating against gay rights and gay marriage, [we felt] that it was not appropriate to invite Chick-fil-A onto campus ... because it contradicts Northeastern’s values and standards with respect to diversity and the University’s commitment to its LGBT community.... It is not in the interest of the University to allow onto campus a vendor associated with these beliefs.”
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Photo: Chick-fil-A President and CEO Dan Cathy (right) at a grand opening of a restaurant in Raleigh, N.C.