Chick-fil-A is once again facing backlash for its CEO’s beliefs about marriage. Officials at Rider University in New Jersey removed the chain from a survey asking students what restaurant they would like on campus, because they said the company’s record is “widely perceived to be in opposition to the LGBTQ community.” In a survey last year, Chick-fil-A was Rider students’ top choice.
The school acknowledged that some may see its decision as a “form of exclusion,” but it wanted to be “faithful to our values of inclusion.” Administrators plan to hold a campus forum on the issue, and Chick-fil-A has issued a response, saying it has “no policy of discrimination against any group.”
This isn’t the first time school administrators and government officials have tried to keep Chick-fil-A out of various locations due to CEO Dan Cathy’s reputation for supporting Biblical sexual ethics. The University of New Mexico and Elon University in North Carolina held a vote on whether to expel Chick-fil-A. Denver tried to keep Chick-fil-A out of its airport, while politicians in Boston and Chicago tried to deny the restaurant operating permits. In the end, Chick-fil-A ended up winning in all those cases. Time will tell if Rider University students get their wish to “Eat Mor Chikin.” —Rachel Lynn Aldrich