Across the country, gay and straight students at colleges and universities are standing up to Chick-fil-A -- a popular restaurant chain with lucrative franchises on hundreds of campuses. Why? Because Chick-fil-A is using their profits to support anti-gay groups who oppose marriage equality for LGBT Americans.
While Chick-fil-A serves famous sandwiches and waffle fries, Chick-fil-A’s charitable arm, the WinShape Foundation, hosts annual retreats with leading anti-gay groups like the National Organization for Marriage, Focus on the Family, the Ruth Institute, and the Pennsylvania Family Institute -- groups focused on banning same-sex marriage across the country. Pressured to stop supporting these organizations, a senior leader at Chick-fil-A’s WinShape Foundation instead praised the work of infamous anti-gay activist David Blankenhorn for helping push bans on same-sex marriage.
Mississippi State should be a place that supports equality for everyone -- where all students, staff and community members feel welcome. We should not be allowing corporations to do business on our campus if they are using their profits to strip fundamental civil rights from gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. Please join me in calling on our school’s leadership to remove Chick-fil-A from campus -- unless and until the restaurant chain withdraws its support for anti-gay organizations.
Chick-fil-A has a track record of making donations to organizations like Focus on the Family, the Pennsylvania Family Institute, and other anti-gay groups working to ban same-sex couples from getting married across the country. Moreover, the company’s charitable arm, the WinShape Foundation, regularly hosts conferences with numerous anti-gay organizations focused on preventing same-sex marriage and LGBT equality.
I want my university to be a place where all students, staff and community members feel welcome. We should not be allowing corporations to do business on our campus if they are using their profits to strip fundamental civil rights from gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. I urge you to stand up for equality for LGBT Americans and call on Chick-fil-A to stop supporting anti-gay organizations -- or else be removed from our campus.