By a vote of 18-8, a resolution by the Student Government Association at Johns Hopkins University requested that administrators reject any current or proposed plans for opening a Chick-fil-A restaurant on or near the campus.
Stating that allowing a restaurant from the Atlanta-based franchise would be a “microagression” against the campus community including “visiting prospective and current students, staff, faculty, and other visitors who are members of the LGBTQ community or are allies,” the SGA said university officials should pick “other non-discriminatory options” and rule out any “current and future Chick-fil-A development plans” if searching for new dining vendors on campus.
There have been no concrete indications that the university was negotiating with Chick-fil-A for a place on the campus, but some students were concerned about construction that is in progress.
At the heart of the vote against Chick-fil-A is the opposition by CEO Dan Cathy to marriage equality and his funding of organizations dedicated to maintaining “traditional marriage.”
“The reason the resolution occurred at this time was essentially student concern,” said John Hughes, community liaison for Diverse Sexuality And Gender Alliance. “When I spoke to the SGA at their meeting, they were largely already in agreement that development of a Chick-fil-A near campus should be avoided.”