At this point, it's no secret that Chick-fil-A's president, Dan Cathy, opposes same-sex marriage (he reiterated as much in a recent interview). While the mass furor over his and, thus, the company's stance on gay marriage has subsided, it seems debate at the micro level wages on.
In the most recent drama to unfold, the student government at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina, decided to ban Chick-fil-A from its campus.
According to the Daily Mail, the ban, which was circulated by Spectrum, a gay-straight alliance, passed the Student Government Association at the university 35 to 11. While Darien Flowers, the president of the association, holds the power to veto the decision, it's not clear if that action will take place. If, indeed, it is approved, Chick-fil-A will be asked to vacate from its current location in the school's food court.
While the student government has acted, Chick-fil-A isn't being booted out the door yet. Flowers said that he wants to speak with students before making a final decision about kicking the restaurant chain off campus. And even then, the ultimate action will need to be taken by top administrators at the private school, Fox News adds.
According to Spectrum, Chick-fil-A's presence violates Elon's non-discrimination policy. According to the university's web site, the gay rights group describes itself as follows:
Spectrum is a queer-straight student alliance fighting homophobia and heterosexism at Elon University and beyond. By defining ourselves as a queer-straight alliance, we are reclaiming the word "queer" and attempting to be fully incluvsive of all non-normative sexual and gender identities. We recognize the importance of allies in our work and encourage straight students to get involved. Spectrum seeks both to support and advocate for queer students in order to build a stronger community at Elon.
On Thursday, at a public hearing, The Daily Advance (via AP) reported that student Robert Orr made an intriguing point -- that forcing Chick-fil-A to leave campus based on Cathy's donations and views isn't good precedent. He asked, "Is this university prepared to inspect the giving records of every person and entity that it is connected to?" Orr asked.
So far, the decision is still under consideration.