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Banned In Boston, Chick-fil-A Denies Discrimination

A decision this week to bar Chick-fil-A from opening on Northeastern University has led the franchisor to again deny claims of anti-gay bias.

A 31 to 5 vote by the student government led the University to revoke its agreement with Chick-fil-A.

Northeastern's graduate student Senate also agreed that Chick-fil-A is contrary to "Northeastern's values and standards with respect to diversity."

The source of the controversy is donations made by the charitable arm of Chick-fil-A. Established by founder Truett Cathy, the WinShape Foundation made several million dollars in grants to religiously-minded organizations such as Focus on the Family and Exodus International.

The franchisor and licensor of chicken restaurants has proclaimed a Christian orientation, including a policy against opening on Sunday.

Chick-fil-A has come under increasing pressure on university campuses.

In the wake of the Northeastern University decision, officials at New York University defended the continuation of the only Chick-fil-A  outlet in Manhattan and said that the operation was a licensed outlet controlled by foodservice giant ARAMARK and had nothing to do with NYU.

Chick-fil-A denies any bias; in a statement Dan T. Cathy said:

Every morning when we open our restaurants across the country, we strive to treat each customer with honor, dignity and respect. At the cornerstone of this commitment is a belief in the importance of loving your neighbor as yourself. We will not champion any political agendas on marriage and family.

Cathy went on to say:

[W]e have no political agenda, policy or position against anyone, especially the LGBT community.

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