College Students Petition for Chick-fil-A Removal

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College students around the country are responding to the Chick-fil-A controversy with petitions both for and against the fast food giant.

Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy sparked a nationwide debate after publicly voicing his support for traditional marriage because of his strong Christian faith.

Now, using online petitions on, students from 50 universities are asking administrators to remove Chick-fil-A from their campus.

The chicken sandwich chain has locations on several college campuses as a convenience to students.

More than 16,000 people support a petition to remove the restaurant from New York University.

Still, the numbers are much lower at other schools. Twenty separate petitions against Chick-fil-A have less than 100 supporters each.

There are also more than 20 petitions in support of keeping Chick-fil-A on various campuses.

University of Louisville President James Ramsey recently decided to keep the school's Chick-fil-A despite calls for removal.

"We as a university will continue to stand for diversity and to celebrate our differences," he said.

Chick-fil-A recently released a statement saying the "culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect - regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender."

"Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena," the statement ended.

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