Burn Dan Cathy at the stake!
WICHITA – The national controversy involving Chick-fil-A has reached Kansas, where online petitions at two state universities are demanding the removal of the restaurant chain from their campuses.
Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy, during an interview with a religious publication last week, said he supported the “biblical definition of the family unit” when asked about gay marriage. Some groups have protested Cathy’s remarks and organized a boycott of the fast-food chain; others have offered their support of Cathy and his restaurant.
A petition to remove Chick-fil-A from the Rhatigan Student Center at Wichita State University had more than 450 signatures as of Thursday afternoon. The petition was created Wednesday by Katelyn Delvaux, a WSU graduate student, according to the online petition at change.org.
WSU contracts with Sodexo to provide food service on campus, WSU officials said in a statement Thursday. Sodexo in turn contracts with Chick-fil-A.
WSU said in its statement that “the university has no reason to believe that anyone has been refused service at Chick-fil-A on campus for sexual orientation or any other factor involving discrimination. If WSU receives information that someone served on campus has been discriminated against, the university would work with Sodexo to review and address the situation.”
A University of Kansas petition to remove Chick-fil-A from Memorial Unions had more than 1,600 signatures as of Thursday afternoon. It was started by James Castle, a 2012 KU grad, according to the petition’s website. There is also a petition to keep the restaurant at KU.
“Right now we are waiting and seeing what comments are coming in,” said Mark Reid, director of public affairs for KU Memorial Unions. “We are two years out with the end of our contract with Chick-fil-A right now. We are at a wait-and-see approach, talking to people on campus and off.”