Emory University Removes Chick-fil-A From Food Court
After months of ongoing protests, LGBT students at Emory University in Georgia have convinced administrators to shut down a Chick-fil-A restaurant in the university’s food court.
Emory’s student newspaper the Emory Wheel confirmed the news via Twitter. The students’ campaign to get rid of the restaurant was sparked by 2012 comments by Chick-fil-A’s Chief Operations Officer Dan Cathy acknowledging he was "guilty as charged" for spending millions of dollars through the company’s charitable arm to fund anti-gay groups.
Several groups and politicians throughout the country also protested the fried chicken company last summer.
In December 2012, the Emory University issued a statement saying Cathy’s donations to anti-gay organizations did not reflect the school’s "values of access, inclusion and equity," according to the statement published by the Georgia Voice.
Students at the University of Louisville, in Kentucky, also lobbied to get Chick-fil-A removed from campus. An online petition received 1,862 signatures.
Contrary to Emory, the University of Louisville issued a statement declaring it would take no action against the restaurant on its premises.