Johns Hopkins University students voted this week to ban Chick-fil-A from campus, according to reports.
Though there are currently no plans to bring the fast food restaurant to the school’s campus, the Student Government Association approved a resolution that called for University officials to dismiss any “current and future Chick-fil-A development plans,” if consideration was ever given to the restaurant becoming a food vendor on campus.
The resolution called for Johns Hopkins to consider “other non-discriminatory options” for vendors. A Chick-fil-A on campus, according to the SGA, would be a “microaggression” towards “visiting prospective and current students, staff, faculty, and other visitors who are members of the LGBTQ community or are allies.”
The decision to ban the chicken restaurant from campus comes from Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy’s outwardly spoken views against homosexuality and the LGBTQ community. When the Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional in 2013, Cathy tweeted his opposition. “Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies,” the tweet read.
Other schools have banned the franchise from their campuses, including North Carolina’s Elon University in 2012, and the Bloomington campus of Indiana University this past January. The National Review criticized Johns Hopkins’ decision, saying that it symbolizes a “new spirit of intolerance” on campuses that wrongfully targets conservative Christians.
“The Chick-fil-A ban seeks to introduce unprecedented discrimination against companies owned by religious conservatives into the university’s contracting policies,” the National Review article stated.
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