Several college students at Pittsburgh’s Duquesne University have started protests because they say they live in “fear” of fast food chain Chick-fil-A.
What they have an issue with, apparently, is Chick-fil-A’s stance on the marriage debate, with the fast food chain making headlines last year when they announced they support only traditional marriage. Not only that, but the president of Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy, also donated money to causes that opposed changing the traditional marriage laws.
Well, now these college students are saying that having a Chick-fil-A on campus is offensive to all the LGBTQ students, and may even be “triggering” for some.
The Daily Caller states:
That’s never yesterday’s news to the LGBT crowd. So Duquesne University Student Senator Niko Martini proposed a resolution at the March 26 student government association meeting to stop the arrival of conservative fast food before its too late.
“Chick-fil-A has a questionable history on civil rights and human rights,” Martini told The Duquesne Duke. “I think it’s imperative [that] the university chooses to do business with organizations that coincide with the [university’s] mission and expectations they give students regarding diversity and inclusion.’
That resolution failed but the student government did agree to another resolution that would allow for a “vetting process” of the new restaurant.
Martini’s campaign has been embraced by the university’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) where Martini is a member of the executive board. The GSA says Chick-fil-A poses a clear and present danger to the group’s “safe place” on campus.
“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 fair] that maybe people will feel that safe place is at risk,” GSA president Rachel Coury said.
She suggested it would be a “big deal” if “someone could make a statement to eliminate the fear of being marginalized by having this business on campus.”
Student government president Olivia Erickson did make a big deal of the matter, saying she takes “this concern very seriously,” and is “working on gathering students’ opinions and getting all the facts we can so we can make the best decision.”
Ironically, Chick-fil-A is only coming to Duquesne because a student survey asked for more chicken dinner options on campus.