RALEIGH, N.C. — An N.C. State graduate student is demanding that Chick-Fil-A be banned from campus after their leader made controversial remarks about gay marriage.
Jose Chavira started an online petition Friday and has gathered a couple hundred signatures. It seeks to get the university to remove the restaurant from the Atrium food court on campus.
Chick-Fil-A made national headlines recently after its president said he believes in that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.
“There’s quite a large LGBT community on campus and it’s almost offensive in a sense that our university is willing to maintain this relationship with an organization that blatently discriminates against a portion of our student body,” Chavira said.
Noah Hayden is also a graduate student at NC State and said the petition is unfair.
“I support Chick-fil-A and I think that it’s interesting that we challenge a CEO that has the courage to stand up for his beliefs,” he said.
Chick-Fil-A maintains it does not discriminate against anyone.
The company released a statement Tuesday which said in part, “The Chick-Fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect… We will continue this tradition… Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”