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University students block Chick-fil-A from student center over anti-gay donations

Friday, March 2, 2012

BOSTON — Students at Northeastern University have blocked fast-food chain Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant on its Boston campus, citing the chains financial support of anti-gay rights organizations.

Less than two weeks after announcing Northeastern was in talks to bring a Chick-fil-A to campus, university administrators announced the Georgia-based chain would not be included in plans to renovate the food court in the student center, reported The Huntington News, the university’s student newspaper.

The decision came in response to votes denouncing the plan by both the Student Government Association (SGA) and Graduate Student Government (GSG). The proposal caused controversy on campus after students learned that Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy’s WinShape Foundation has donated millions of dollars to groups that lobby against gay marriage.

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SGA voted 31 to 5 on Monday to declare its disapproval of a Chick-fil-A on campus. GSG took similar action earlier that day.

The action by the student government groups comes in response to a November 2011 report by Equality Matters that revealed Chick-fil-A donated nearly $2 million to anti-gay groups in 2009.

According to the Equality Matters report, in 2009 alone, the WinShape Foundation — Chick-fil-A’s charitable arm, distributed $1,733,699 among seven anti-gay groups, including the Marriage And Family Legacy Fund, Exodus International, and two groups identified as “hate groups” by the Southern Poverty Law CenterFocus on the Family and the Family Research Council.

Exodus International is one of the world’s largest promoters of “ex-gay” therapy. Focus on the Family and the FRC have earned their “hate groups” designation for promoting known falsehoods about the LGBT community, including FRC’s claim that pedophilia is a “homosexual problem.”

“The majority of senators felt, in light of Chick-fil-A’s financial support for groups advocating against gay rights and marriage, that it was not appropriate to invite Chick-fil-A onto campus,” said student government President Margaret Keaveny.

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33 more reader comments:

  1. That’s why I never eat there.

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 4:12pm
  2. No more Chick-Fil-A for Me!

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 4:13pm
  3. wow the rumors r true

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 4:14pm
  4. Chick-Fil-A exists “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us.” –Their mission statement

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 4:14pm
  5. ill only eat there if someone else buys it…..even then i only eat it if i havent eaten all day

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 4:15pm
  6. Done with that place!

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 4:15pm
  7. I will never eat there!

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 4:15pm
  8. Too bad I used to eat there since I was little. NO more for me.

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 4:15pm
  9. That is SO awesome! GO Northeastern!!! Crappy chicken anyway.

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 4:16pm
  10. I’ve Never eaten there, and never will .

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 4:17pm
  11. We’ve talked about that a bit at my University, but I doubt we’d remove it.

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 4:18pm
  12. I haven’t eaten there since I first heard of their support over 2 years ago!

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 4:19pm
  13. show em Northeastern!!!

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 4:19pm
  14. Bahaha. Fuck you, Chick-Fil-a. I quit going there when i found out that Sundays were the mandatory day off, and that they “encouraged” employees to spend said day in Church. Or else.

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 4:20pm
  15. Good job. I have not eaten there in years and never will again.

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 4:23pm
  16. Never eating there.

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 4:25pm
  17. We just need more states and areas to follow this example

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 4:28pm
  18. I’ve never eaten there, nor will I ever. Good on you, Northeastern.

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 4:31pm
  19. I would only ever eat there again if they at least double the contributions they made to anti-LGBTI organizations and put it towards pro-LGBTI organizations.

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 4:32pm
  20. The owners of this chain are strong supporters of ultra right wing organizations. Way to go, Northeastern Univ.!

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 4:37pm
  21. I do not eat there anymore. It is a shame since they do have some great chicken sandwiches

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 4:44pm
  22. Awesome!

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 4:52pm
  23. Great job!!!

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 4:56pm
  24. Violation of property rights….

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 5:27pm
  25. What is a violation of property rights?

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 5:41pm
  26. Good for them.

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 5:41pm
  27. I have no problem eating chik fil a. They can put their money in their “faith” for all i care and i will contribute to whom i want to.

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 5:42pm
  28. This makes me happy.

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 6:02pm
  29. No one said you couldn’t Mary!

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 6:39pm
  30. Good for them. I loved this business right up until I couldn’t support their politics. No more Chik fillet for me either. Hope it has some impact.

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 7:02pm
  31. Haters! Theres better places to eat anyway!!

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 8:30pm
  32. BOYCOTT CHICK FIL A it always works when you get into peoples money pocket. Then we will see the Talking Christians…..

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 10:08pm
  33. Chick-fil-a, get off the NAU campus!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 12:28am