Last month TruthRevolt reported that LGBT students at the Catholic institution Fordham University voiced complaints about plans to open a Chick-fil-A on campus, citing that the chain is anti-LGBT.
Those protestations, made by the United Student Government, the Commuter Students Association, and the Residence Hall Association and the Rainbow Alliance, were successful and the Fordham capitulated, reports The College Fix:
In comments to the Observer, Rainbow Alliance co-president Roberta Munoz said rejecting the proposal does not mean the university is fully tolerant of the LGBTQ community.
“This is something that I don’t want to congratulate Fordham for, like ‘Oh my god, I’m so glad that you can see this. You’re such a good person,’” she said. “I don’t want to pat them on the back. You can’t say ‘Oh you’re such a great ally’ when there’s still so many issues with our queer students. Like great, love it, but keep going.”
Concern that the Chick-fil-A menu options are too narrow was also reportedly a factor.
Controversy has followed the fast-food chicken chain after its owners expressed a view against same-sex marriage stemming from Christian beliefs. Despite this controversy, Chick-fil-A’s locations in the New York City area have done well.
At Fordham, the chain offered to collaboratively run programming with the Rainbow Alliance, though the group still worked against the proposal, the Observer reports.
Proposals for Chick-Fil-A have similarly this year caused concern at Duquesne University, a Catholic college in Pittsburgh, and Johns Hopkins University, in 2015.
The student newspaper spoke of several students who “independently reached out to USG to voice their concerns,” but not all students were happy with the decision to reject the food chain.
Ann Murphy, a 2015 graduate from the Bronx Rose Hill campus, and a current law student at Lincoln Center, spoke to The College Fix over Facebook.
She expressed being “disappointed” to hear that the campus would not welcome the chain because of the CEO’s views.
"I fear that these culture war boycotts are particularly polarizing," Murphy added while noting that Fordham is a Jesuit school that should "seek to challenge students to engage with, consider, respect, and be tolerant of all beliefs—especially those rooted in religious reasons."