Students at Johns Hopkins University voted this week to oppose the opening of any future Chick-fil-A restaurants on campus because the chain’s CEO has spoken out against same-sex marriage.
The non-binding resolution, passed by the Student Government Association Tuesday, takes Chick-fil-A chief Dan Cathy to task for criticizing the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage and asserts that supporters and members of the LBGTQ+ community would face “the microaggresssion of supporting current of future Chick-fil-A development plans.”
The SGA urged the university to seek out “similar, non-discriminatory alternatives” when selecting fast-food options.”
The action drew immediate criticism from junior Andrew Guernsey, president of a pro-life student group, who feels that it has implications broader than the chicken chain.
Guernsey wrote on the National Review’s website Wednesday that the resolution “sent a clear message that students who disagree with liberal orthodoxy are not welcome on campus.”
The government’s idea that “the mere presence of a Chick-fil-A on campus would promote ‘homophobia’ and amount to discrimination against the LBGT community is absurd,” Guernsey wrote. He went on to say that “JHU, like so many other colleges, has been dominated by a strain of liberalism that is intent on silencing dissent.”
Efforts to ban Chick-fil-A have also been made at North Carolina State University and Indiana University, according to the resolution.
Chick-fil-A did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday.