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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.
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.