Written by: Justin Haskins
Fordham University, a Roman Catholic private college in New York, has rejected a proposal to bring a Chick-fil-A restaurant to the campus after an LGBTQ group and other student groups expressed their concerns about the views on gay marriage held by the restaurant chain’s owners.
According to a report by the Fordham Observer, food servicer Aramark planned to install a Chick-fil-A restaurant in the college’s Ram Cafe. Prior to accepting the proposal, which was first offered in March, the university consulted with four student groups: United Student Government, Commuter Students Association, Residence Hall Association, and the Rainbow Alliance, an LGBTQ rights group.
Led by the Rainbow Alliance, student groups on campus began to express their concern about the university doing business with a noted opponent of gay marriage. The Observer reported in April Chick-fil-A agreed to offer “collaboratively run unspecified programming with the Rainbow Alliance in conjunction with the rollout of a venue on campus,” but the Rainbow Alliance rejected the proposal and voted unanimously to express its opposition to the restaurant’s presence.
The university announced at the end of April it had rejected Aramark’s proposal to bring Chick-fil-A on the campus.
“Part of me is hopeful that they’ll start taking this attitude of listening to queer students and queer voices, because there are so many on this campus and just in life,” said Renata Francesco, a co-president for the Rainbow Alliance, to the Observer.