NC Colleges Link Marriage and Food
Special Report - August 13, 2012
A student events board at a private college in North Carolina has decided to stop serving Chick-fil-A to its students while it debates whether to permanently ban food from the pro-family fast food chain because of the company’s public support for traditional marriage. According to The Christian Post, Davidson College’s Union Board, a student group that “oversees events” at the Davidson, North Carolina college, is considering officially ending its use of Chick-fil-A to provide food for students during the college’s “After Midnight” program.
A statement provided to The Christian Post by Davidson’s Director of Media Relations, Bill Giduz, states, “In light of the controversy over Chick-fil-A, the board has decided to gather student input on the matter and discuss it at one of their early-semester weekly meetings after classes resume on August 27… Until a final decision is made, alternative options will be served at After Midnight and other Union Board events."
The Davidson student board decided to consider the issue after a Davidson student circulated a petition urging the college to stop buying food for Chick-fil-A, after Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s comments to the media regarding his support for the Biblical definition of marriage. The petition, which has been signed by nearly 500 Davidson students, professors and alumni, states: “Davidson College Union and Union Board, please stop supplying Chick-fil-A at After Midnight events until Chick-fil-A pledges to no longer fund groups which work to stop the legalization of gay marriage.”
In July, a graduate student at North Carolina State University (NCSU) circulated a petition, demanding that Chick-fil-A be removed from the campus’ university food court. The NCSU petition argues that, “Chick-fil-A’s presence on NCSU’s campus is offensive and discriminatory towards a portion of the student body, staff, and faculty.”
Additionally, some students at Appalachian State University circulated a similar petition, demanding the university close the Chick-fil-A on its campus. However, after a meeting about the issue, the university recently announced it has no plans to close the Chick-fil-A. “In recent weeks, there has been much national discussion concerning statements made by Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy. Similar discussions are also happening on our campus and in our community,” University officials said in a statement released to the media on August 9. “At Appalachian, we recognize and support the importance of robust and respectful discussion on the issues that affect our campus, state, nation and world… Staff working in the Chick-fil-A area of our dining hall are university employees and are committed to Appalachian’s respect for diversity and inclusion.”
Nationwide, a number of other universities are also considering banning Chick-fil-A from campus over Mr. Cathy’s comments. As we previously reported, the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) recently sent letters to five universities that have been targeted by pro-homosexual groups, including New York University and West Virginia University. The ADF letter warns the universities that, “the First Amendment protects Chick-fil-A’s right to express its opinion on marriage and other political and social issues and that any retaliation against Chick-Fil-A based on its speech is a violation of federal law.”
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