Huff: New York University Won't Remove Chick-Fil-A, Despite Protest And 10K Signatures On Petition

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Tom Dempsey

Mar 2, 2012, 10:50:34 PM3/2/12
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New York University Won't Remove Chick-Fil-A, Despite Protest And 10K Signatures On Petition

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First Posted: 03/ 2/2012 3:42 pm Updated: 03/ 2/2012 4:40 pm

NEW YORK -- Hillary Dworkoski thinks it's ridiculous that there's a Chick-fil-A located on New York University's campus.

Dworkoski, a freshman at NYU, launched a petition to get rid of the Chick-fil-A on campus -- the only Chick-fil-A location in Manhattan -- because of the restaurant chain's financial support of anti-gay groups.

"NYU prides itself on being a diverse, open and inclusive campus community," Dworski writes in her petition. "That's one of the major reasons why I enrolled at NYU as a freshman last fall. Unfortunately, maintaining a contract with an anti-gay vendor like Chick-fil-A undermines what makes this university so great."

Dworkoski said she got upset after reading several articles about donations from Chick-fil-A's charitable arm, WinShape, to anti-gay groups. In 2009, WinShape donated $1.7 million to conservative groups that actively work against LGBT rights and marriage equality laws. WinShapegave more than $3 million since 2003 to groups and campaigns with anti-gay agendas.

WinShape has also explicitly stated they do not allow "homosexual couples" at a retreat center they run.

Dworkoski says all this seemed to contradict NYU's ranking as one of the most LGBT friendlycampuses in the nation, and she decided to take action.


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