JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Chick-fil-A is coming to the University of North Florida next semester, despite some students' objections.
After a heated discussion, UNF's student senate approved the move Monday night. Last week, UNF's student government sent a survey to students asking
which restaurant they wanted to welcome to campus. The majority selected
While some students argued for healthier food options, the loudest objections came from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
"I'm disappointed in the Senate because they're weren't willing to listen to the minority," said Mariah Moss, president of the UNF Pride Club. "Funding is there for the vendors if they still have interest in coming to campus. It's a done deal."
Chick-Fil-A has received a lot of push back from the gay community after the company's COO and President Dan Cathy took a stand against gay marriage.
In July, Cathy said that his privately owned company is "guilty as charged" in support of what he called the biblical definition of the family unit.
In September, a Chicago lawmaker said that Chick-fil-A is re-evaluating the multimillion-dollar donations the company gives to anti-gay marriage activists and other groups with "political agendas," after Cathy's pro-traditional marriage comments created a firestorm in the fast-food world between LGBT supporters and gay-marriage opponents.
Alex Tarter, a junior majoring in psychology, told the UNF SGA on
Monday, Sept. 24 that Cathy recently appeared on Mike Huckabee's Fox News show
recently and said that Chick-fil-A was in fact not going to change its
Huckabee posted a statement from Cathy on his website:
"There continues to be erroneous implications in the media that
Chick-fil-A changed our practices and priorities in order to obtain
permission for a new restaurant in Chicago. That is incorrect.
Chick-fil-A made no such concessions, and we remain true to who we are
and who we have been."
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