For today’s Chick-fil-A update, we turn to New York University, where students are petitioning to have the fast food chain removed from the campus. The petition states that the signers feel that continuing their relationship with “an anti-gay vendor like Chick-fil-A undermines what makes this university so great.”
Hilary Dworkoski originally posted the petition in March, months before this scandal really kicked off, in order to protest the company’s million-dollar donations to anti-gay groups. However, she first had to find a way of overcoming the university’s mandate not to remove any vendors based on political reasons. Since NYU did maintain a loophole in the case of human rights violation, Dwokoski is still confident that she can be successful. Quoting Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, she argues that “gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights”, and therefore Chick-fil-A is in violation of human rights.
While the parties being petitioned, including the school’s president, have not responded, Dwokoski has not let that affect her; she and other students even held two protests in March. The group also faces opposition from other students, some of whom believe that the company has the right to maintain their presence.
NYU is not the only school petitioning against Chick-fil-A: students at Louisiana State University at Alexandria are trying to remove their branch, while University of South Dakota and South Dakota State are attempting to prevent the chicken restaurant from opening on their campuses.
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