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UMd. Chick-fil-A Petition Collects 850 Signatures

Students are seeking to have the chain removed from the university's College Park campus.

Some 850 people have signed onto a petition seeking to bar Chick-Fil-A from the University of Maryland's College Park campus, the Washington Blade reports.

The push follows comments made by Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy this summer against gay marriage, including the statement that people seeking to broaden the legal definition of marriage were "inviting God's judgment on our nation."

Cathy's remarks—as well as contributions made by the chain to groups that oppose gay marriage— and boycotts of the restaurant. Others have rallied around Chick-fil-A, defending the eatery's stances and dining at the restaurant in droves to show support.

Organizer Kyle Milligan, who posted the petition on Change.org, told the Blade that it was "totally inappropriate" to house the restaurant at UMd.'s Adele H. Stamp Student Union given its advocacy efforts.

Earlier this month, Stamp Student Union Director Marsha Guenzler Stevens told FOX 5 that Chick-fil-A would remain on site at least until the end of its contract, which lasts through December.

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RCQ August 27, 2012 at 10:28 PM
PUBLISH the list of names !!!!!!!!!!!!! We ALL deserve to know who these haters are !!!!!!!!!!
Brandt Hardin August 28, 2012 at 01:33 AM
If companies are people and people vote with dollars then the destination of the restaurant’s donations are open for public debate. It very well should be an issue as to where peoples’ hard-earned money goes after the chicken goes down their gullet. This issue has made our little feathered friend the modern martyr as Chick-fil-A laughs all the way to the bank. Watch the poultry be nailed to the cross and pierced by the spear of destiny at the hands of those devious cows on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/08/holy-rollin-poultry-on-cross-chick-fil.html
Lee Havis August 28, 2012 at 11:38 AM
I think this points up the need to limit taxpayer funded "higher education" If these 850 "students" had to worry more about the real-life problems of paying for what they get from others, (rather than through coercion from taxpayers, most of whom are complete strangers to them) they wouldn't have so much free time on their hands to petition against the free speech of others. Obviously, these students just have too much free time on their hands.
mj23 August 28, 2012 at 12:08 PM
I cannot get behind what these students are doing. First, they are only on campus for a short time. The next group of students might want to eat at Chick-fil-A. The school already has a party reputation and one for rioting after Duke basketball games, is this just another way to bring attention to the school? I say why not look for positive ways instead of another negative one. Take that energy you have and put it into volunteer work. A good start would be cleaning up the streets around the campus -- especially all those "red cups" after sporting events. If you don't like what Chick-fil-A stands for -- don't eat there.
Kennis Termini August 28, 2012 at 11:33 PM
You are so on target! No doubt most are out of state. Would like to send them back where they belong.

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