Chick-fil-A Protesters Lay an Egg: Will Stay on New Mexico Campus

by Andrew Johnson

In the latest event regarding last summer’s Chick-fil-A-gay-marriage fiasco, the board of the University of New Mexico’s Student Union Building voted yesterday to keep the restaurant on campus, despite some students claiming its mere presence made them feel “unsafe.

An LGBTQ group launched a campaign to push for the eatery’s removal, saying that “even the bags have become a symbol of hate.” Chick-fil-A’s support for traditional marriage, which has recently grown more controversial, apparently had group members worried that its presence would trigger retaliation for their lifestyle. “Please look at this from a moral standpoint,” one student pleaded before the vote, “look at the kids that are here that are telling you, ‘I do not feel safe on this campus anymore.’”

Despite the group’s petition, and protests outside the campus Chick-fil-A, the board voted 8 to 3 to keep the chain’s branch in the student union. Other UNM students thought the claims against the restaurant were ridiculous. “Nobody’s in imminent danger on this campus because of chicken,” one student stated, while others argued that Chick-fil-A brought revenues to the university, and doesn’t hold a “hateful” stance.

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