An LGBT group at Duquesne University hopes plans are canceled to bring a Chick-fil-A restaurant to campus over fears that the corporation owned by a conservative Christian family will endanger their safe space.
Student senator Niko Martini proposed a resolution to the Student Government Association to remove the chicken sandwich outlet from consideration, according to Campus Reform:
“Chick-fil-A has a questionable history on civil rights and human rights. 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.”
So far, Martini’s plight has not been successful, but the SGA said it would “consider an alternate resolution that would allow for a vetting process of the on-campus Chick-fil-A.”
Martini is also on the executive board of Duquesne’s Gay-Straight Alliance, which feels the presence of the restaurant puts the LGBT community at risk. The group’s president Rachel Coury said:
“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.
“It would be a really big deal for Lambda [Gay-Straight Alliance] and the whole LGBTQ community on campus if someone could make a statement to eliminate the fear of being marginalized by having this business on campus.”
And the SGA is actually considering the suggestion, saying its “gathering students’ opinions and getting all the facts” so they can make the right decision.
The university, however, said the majority of students want another chicken option on campus and would be more than happy to have a Chick-fil-A close by.