US: Chick-fil-A banned from university campus over anti-gay stance

A Chick-fil-A outlet of the fast food chain that would have benefited from the bill the Texas LGBT caucus killed.

A university in the United States has banned fast food chain Chik-fil-A from operating on it’s campus.

The Student Government Association (SGA) at John’s Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, voted not to “support the proposal of a Chick-fil-A, in a current or future sense, particularly on any location that is central to student life.”

The SGA stated that the body “aims to provide a safe, supportive environment for all university affiliates now and in the future,” and noted that “Chick-Fil-A’s former CEO Dan Cathy has publicly stated divisive statements against the LGBTQ+ community,” and that Cathy was “disappointed after the supreme court’s decision on same sex marriage.”

In addition, the SGA fears that members of the “LGBTQ+ community or our allies would be subjected to the microaggression of supporting current or future Chick-fil-A development plans.”

The resolution comes after Chick-fil-A boss Dan Cathy said last year that he regrets getting the company entangled into a controversy over anti-gay marriage donations: “By recognizing the mistakes that you make, [you] learn from those mistakes. If not, you’re just a fool. I’m thankful that I lived through it and I learned a lot from it.

However, he made clear his views on same-sex couples have not changed, saying: “I think the time of truths and principles are captured and codified in God’s word and I’m just personally committed to that.”

Back in 2012 it emerged that the fried chicken company 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’.

The business has faced several boycotts since the anti-gay donations came to light, with a number of stores blocked or removed.