A university in New Jersey has barred Chick-fil-A from its campus due to the company's anti-LGBTQ stances—and despite students' wishes.
At Rider University, a private four-year university in Lawrenceville, NJ, students voted the fried chicken restaurant as their top choice for new on-campus restaurants in the spring 2019 semester.
The university then circulated a second student poll, this time without Chick-fil-A as an option on the menu. In a letter to the Rider University campus community, administrators confirmed its removal was "based on the company's record widely perceived to be in opposition to the LGBTQ+ community."
In a statement to local news outlet WIVB4, reps for Chick-fil-A denied any allegations that the brand is homophobic: "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."
Of course, the denial comes after years of allegations of anti-gay discrimination lodged against the fast food chain by former employees. Over the years, the company has donated more than $1 million to right-wing Christian groups like the Family Research Council, which the Southern Poverty Law Center classifies as a hate group.
Chick-fil-A chairman and CEO Dan Cathy is also a known opponent to LGBTQ equality, speaking out against marriage equality before it became the law of the land in the U.S.
Just last month, activists in Pittsburgh, PA, petitioned against the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon (P3R) adding Chick-fil-A as a corporate partner.