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Cal Poly wants Chick-fil-A off its campus

Cal Poly wants Chick-fil-A off its campus.
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The governing body of California Polytechnic State University’s faculty has voted to remove a Chick-fil-A from their campus last Tuesday according to LGBTQ Nation.  

Representing 1300 Cal Poly faculty members, The Academic Senate is appealing to school officials to oust the fast-food chain from their food court based on the company's long history of donating money to anti-LGBT organizations.

Thomas Gutierrez, the vice chair of the Academic Senate and sponsor of the resolution refers to the university's values statement which he says, "identifies LGBTQ as a classification of individuals that we want to embrace in our diversity and inclusion model.”

“Then you have an organization that regularly and publicly shows up in the national news in great tension with this… so if you have a mission statement that indicates that you value inclusivity and diversity, then you should be making your business decisions based on that.”

The resolution will make its way to Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong who may or may not endorse the request. 

A spokesperson for the school explains, “University administration and Cal Poly Corporation leadership disagree passionately with the ideologies of some of the organizations to which the president of Chick-fil-A has chosen to make personal donations."

“However, university administration’s disagreement with the political views of a given business owner does not give the university license to effectively censor that business and prohibit it from continuing to operate at the university.”

Although the fate of the chicken eatery is up in the air, Gutierrez thinks the charge needed to be made if only to show that the staff are allies to their LGBT students. 

“Nevertheless, I think it’s important to go into the public record that the faculty feel this way on this fairly timely issue,” he said.

Meanwhile, Texas Republican Jeff Leach appeared on FOX & Friends this past Tuesday to throw his support behind a bill that would stop local governments from blocking Chick-fil-A restaurants at proposed locations. 

“People love Chick-fil-A," said Leach. "You can’t argue with Chick-fil-A’s food and I don’t think you should be able to argue with the organizations that Chick-fil-A chooses to support either. … It’s our obligation as policymakers, as lawmakers, is to protect that right of Chick-fil-A to do that and to protect their right to exist and to have an establishment in any airport, in any city, in any community across the country.”