University of Florida: Don’t support anti-gay Chick-fil-A
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Bernie Machen

University of Florida: Don’t support anti-gay Chick-fil-A

    1. A&L Team
    2. Petition by

      A&L Team

      Gainesville, FL

People who love Gainesville, Florida know that we’re a community defined by our support of human rights. Our current mayor, Craig Lowe, is an out gay man who represents our commitment to tolerance and social welfare. Gainesville is also home to the University of Florida, which is attended by almost 50,000 students. Our student body is both a powerful voice in the community and a large, attractive demographic for retailers.

This week, president of Chick-fil-A restaurant Dan Cathy made his, and his company’s, perspective on gay marriage explicit. In an interview, Mr. Cathy was quoted as saying that his company is “guilty as charged” in opposition to same sex marriage. Chick-fil-A, Inc. has donated millions of dollars to multiple groups with anti-gay agendas.

Mr. Cathy was also quoted as saying the following:

"We are very much supportive of the family--the biblical definition of the family unit...We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that."

"As it relates to society in general I think we're inviting God's judgement on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage...And I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to try to redefine what a marriage is about."

As a town with a historically progressive stance on LGBT issues, we urge you to, like Mr. Dan Cathy, also exercise your right to make your views public by asking the University of Florida to not renew their contract with Chick-fil-A as a campus food retailer, but instead allow a company that doesn't go against UF's anti-discrimination policy (pdf) to operate out of this location.

Join us in showing Chick-fil-A that Gainesville and the University of Florida do not support bigotry in our community.


Recent signatures


    1. Colleges Rally to Kick Chick-fil-A Off Campuses

      A&L Team
      Petition Organizer

      "Companies like Chartwells, Aramark and Sodexo who hold the food service contracts on these campuses also must be held accountable for their advocacy of the Chick-fil-A brand. These food service contractors are the gateway for most, if not all, of the Chick-fil-A dining establishments on college campuses. All three of these food service contractors want to be seen as LGBT-friendly businesses. Two of these companies, Aramark and Sodexo, score above 90% on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index for an LGBT-inclusive workplace. Should they now?

      All of this spells trouble for the Chick-fil-A brand; even Pat Robertson knows this to be true. It is not a coincidence that the televangelist took to the airwaves this past week chiding college students protesting Chick-fil-A to “shut their mouths.” That’s exactly what Chick-fil-A hopes for – that young people will stop talking about this and it will go away. They won’t, and it won’t."

    2. A Closeted Lesbian Chick-fil-A Employee Shares Her Thoughts

      A&L Team
      Petition Organizer

      Compellingly written, an anonymous lesbian employed by Chick-fil-A shares her reflections on jobs, politics, and civil rights before and after working Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. Of the patrons she encountered that day, she says this:

      "Their descendants will be ashamed of them, just as I’m ashamed of my grandparents’ support of segregation. When their children and grandchildren ask, “How was it possible to be Christian and oppose equal rights?” their own words will choke them. They don’t need food to do it for them."

      Told straight from the trenches, this article chronicles the evolving perspective of one of the many people affected by Chick-fil-A's anti-gay stance. We highly recommend giving it a read by clicking the link below.

    3. Chick-fil-A, Gay Marriage, and Your Grandchildren

      A&L Team
      Petition Organizer

      Here's a snippet of a well written article by Chris Ladd, a self described conservative, on the issue of gay marriage.

      "It’s hard to read about the Civil War or the Civil Rights Movement without playing a game of ‘what would I have done?’ That’s a particularly pointed exercise for a white Southerner whose cherished ancestors placed themselves so consistently and even courageously on the wrong side of history. Ultimately, of course, the only meaningful test of ‘what would I have done’ is what I choose to do right now and fortunately (or unfortunately) those opportunities arise in every generation."

      We recommend checking out the full article by clicking the link below.

    4. Reached 750 signatures
    5. Chick-Fil-A Recalling Jim Henson Kids' Meal Toys As Partnership Severed

      A&L Team
      Petition Organizer

      Days ago, the Jim Henson Company posted a notice on their Facebook page that they would be terminating their business relationship with Chick-fil-A over the company's stance on gay marriage.

      "The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors. Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD. ("

      We were glad to see that the money made by the Jim Henson Company from their partnership was going to GLAAD, but apparently Chick-fil-A wasn't so thrilled. Images have been circulating around the internet today showing Chick-fil-A's questionable recall of Jim Henson toys.

    6. Thanks for a very exciting, very successful first 72 hours of our petition!

      A&L Team
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks and wow!

      Thanks to you, we’ve already reached over 200 signatures on our petition to show UF that the community of Gainesville will not allow Chick-fil-A’s bigotry on our campus and in our community. Way to go! You’re awesome!

      Please help Loren and I get the message even further by sharing our petition with your friends and family. We, and the LGBTQ community of UF and Gainesville, need your help. Consider sharing this link through email, Facebook, and/or Twitter with anyone and everyone you know!

      We’d also like to hear directly from you if you have any suggestions on how we can continue to reach out to people to get more signatures.

      We’re putting up flyers on UF campus this week in support of this petition. If you also feel so inclined, let us know and we’ll supply you with a stack of flyers. We appreciate any and all help you care to give.

      Thank you!
      Alex & Loren

    7. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Brandon Louis GAINESVILLE, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      As a straight male, I believe that religious intolerance is detestable, and actions should be taken against those who disregard other's human rights.

    • rachel benham GAINESVILLE, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      Equality is everyone's right. I'm a lesbian.

    • Cesar Chavez DAVIE, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      This is a sign of corporations trying to buy off our rights and impose their ideologies on people. I find Chick-fil-A not representative of my believes of marriage equality or equal rights for all.

    • A Ward EUGENE, OR
      • about 2 years ago

      Much like Papa John's Pizza, anyone who supports the 1% and not the "99%" in their civil rights or other agendas, will NEVER get a dollar from me. I haven't bought Papa John's Pizza nor Dominos due to their open support for sociopath Romney and the denial of women's rights to choose for themselves, and now I will never support Chik-Fil-A due to their open bigotry. Any company from Chik-Fil-A to Wal-mart et al who do not support Unions, fair market trade (there is no such thing as "FREE" trade, there is always a cost), civil rights, and the right to choose for one's own body does not deserve any support from us.

    • Sarah Brevoort ORLANDO, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      Gator alumni. Straight, Christian, married with child, and PRO LGBT!!!


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