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Catholic University Rejects Proposal to Open Chick-fil-A after Pro-LGBT Groups Complain

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2017 May 09
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Catholic school Fordham University in New York City has banned Chick-fil-A from their college campus after a group of pro-LGBT students voiced concerns.

Fast food chain Chick-fil-A is known not only for their chicken sandwiches, but for their founders’ conservative views on homosexuality. This has led a number of cities and schools, including Fordham, to take issue with the restaurant.

Conservative commentator Todd Starnes notes that Fordham’s Rainbow Alliance spearheaded the effort to quash plans to build a Chick-fil-A restaurant in the campus dining hall. The group cited comments Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy made in 2012. Cathy had said he believes in the biblical definition of marriage between one man and one woman.

Cathy—and as an extension, his restaurant chain—continues to be criticized over those comments.

In regard to the Chick-fil-A controversy at Fordham, Cathy offered to work with the Rainbow Alliance to reach an understanding, but Rainbow Alliance co-president Renata Francesco strictly opposed the collaboration.

“We’re not going to partner with an institution, a corporation that has so strongly supported other institutions that work to destabilize and demolish movements for queer equity,” she said, according to

Other groups reportedly joined the Rainbow Alliance in their opposition to Chick-fil-A., including the United Student Government, the Commuter Students Association, and the Residence Hall Association.

The pushback was enough that officials at the university agreed to drop the proposal to open a new Chick-fil-A restaurant.


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Publication date: May 9, 2017