A major Catholic university in New York City did not move forward with a proposal to open a Chick-fil-A restaurant in its campus dining area — in light of the sandwich company’s firmly held belief that marriage is strictly between a man and a woman.
Fordham University, a private research university with two main campuses in New York City — one in the Bronx, one in midtown Manhattan — floated a proposal in March to add a Chick-fil-A to a dining space on campus. But an LGBTQ student group on campus opposed the project.
The restaurant owners support the traditional definition of marriage. “We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles,” Dan Cathy, Chick-fil-A’s CEO, said back in 2012.
“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy also said. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives.”
Ultimately, students at the school voted down the Chick-fil-A proposal.
“Decisions regarding on-campus dining options are made in consultation with Fordham’s student government, to ensure that the choices reflect student preferences in menu and service,” Fordham spokesman Bob Howe said in a statement to LifeSiteNews. “The students, via their elected representatives, voted against a Chick-fil-A for a variety of reasons.”
“The university generally accedes to such decisions [by] students.”
The Student Government, the Commuter Students Association, the Residence Hall Association, and the Rainbow Alliance (an LGBTQ-friendly organization) on campus all took part in the consultation process, The Fordham Observer reported.
“If they want to bring in Chick-Fil-A, they can bring in Chick-Fil-A,” Renata Francesco, Rainbow Alliance co-president, told the college’s student newspaper. “But 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.”
Chick-fil-A reportedly offered to work collaboratively with the group — yet the Rainbow Alliance unanimously voted against having a Chick-fil-A at Fordham.
“The university generally accedes to such decisions, absent a compelling nutritional or financial reason to reject the students’ dining preferences,” Fordham spokesman Howe said.
Oddly enough at a religious-affiliated institution, it appears the food-chain restaurant may have been voted down over marriage issues.
“It’s interesting and hypocritical [that] students at Catholic-affiliated colleges would be so opposed to having Chick-fil-A operate on campus when their own church’s position on homosexuality is in line with what the owners of Chick-fil-A believe,” The Blaze noted.
Other concerns that may have played a factor? The menu is one of them. “Concern that the Chick-fil-A menu options are too narrow was also reportedly a factor,” The College Fix noted.
“[Chick-fil-A] didn’t have a lot to address special diets,” said Deming Yaun, the school’s dining services contract liaison.
Students at Duquesne University in Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University in Maryland also opposed Chick-fil-A installations on their campuses.