Northeastern Students’ Protest Blocks Chick-fil-A

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Northeastern University said yesterday that a Chick-fil-A fast-food restaurant will not be coming to campus, after the college’s student government denounced the chain amid reports that it supports groups opposed to gay and lesbian rights.

In a move applauded by the university, the student Senate on Monday night passed a resolution, 31 to 5 with eight abstentions, against allowing the Atlanta-based chain to open in Northeastern’s student center following renovations there.

“The decision tonight was based on all of the student feedback we’ve been receiving,’’ the Northeastern Student Government Association said on Twitter.

The Equality Matters website, which advocates for full equality for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered people, reported that tax records show that the company’s charitable arm, WinShape, has donated millions to antigay causes in recent years.

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