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December 15, 2018

Chick-fil-A banned from Rider University over company’s relationship with LGBTQ community

November 27, 2018
Chick-fil-A will not be on the menu at Rider University, which takes issue with the company’s history. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)

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Chick-fil-A will not be on the menu at Rider University, thanks to the company’s reputation as an anti-LGBTQ operation.




Students at the 5,400 person private school voted to add the chicken joint as one of their campus food options last year, but school officials took it out of the running of eateries being considered, citing the College Park, Ga., company’s reputation as a conservative brand.

“Chick-fil-A was removed as one of the options based on the company’s record widely perceived to be in opposition to the LGBTQ+ community,” according to a statement from university president Gregory G. Dell’Omo and president of student affairs Leanna Fenneberg.

One of the estimated 10,000 supporters of same-sex marriage marching to overturn Proposition 8 dresses as a chicken in 2008 in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles, California.
One of the estimated 10,000 supporters of same-sex marriage marching to overturn Proposition 8 dresses as a chicken in 2008 in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles, California. (David McNew / Getty Images)

The 2,300 location fast food joint drew national protests in June 2012 when its CEO voiced opposition to same sex marriage, claiming Chick-fil-A believed in “the biblical definition of the family unit.”

Soon after, right-wing politico Mike Huckabee — the father of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders — coordinated a counter-protest to support Chick-fil-A’s conservative position. Former Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt — who resigned his cabinet position in July after 17 months of controversy over alleged excessive spending — credited the company as “a franchise of faith and it’s one of the best in the country.”

Chick-fil-A responded to the Rider ban by arguing the company isn’t political.

“Rider University’s survey was recently brought to our attention, and while we respect the University’s decision, this news story represents a good opportunity to clarify misperceptions (Sp.) about our brand,” according to a statement from the company. “Chick-fil-A is a restaurant company focused on food, service and hospitality, and our restaurants and licensed locations on college campuses welcome everyone. We have no policy of discrimination against any group, and we do not have a political or social agenda. More than 120,000 people from different backgrounds and beliefs represent the Chick-fil-A brand.”

Since opening in 1946, the fast food joint — founded by devout Southern Baptist S. Truett Cathy — has not operated on Sundays.

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