- The Washington Times - Monday, February 22, 2016

The student government at University of Nebraska Kearney has rejected a proposal to bring Chick-fil-A on campus over the CEO’s support of traditional marriage.

In a January survey, a majority of Kearney students voted for Chick-fil-A over a number of other franchises to be added to the campus student union. However, student government president Evan Calhoun announced that Chick-fil-A would no longer be an option, after several students complained citing CEO Dan Cathy’s 2012 comments against gay marriage, Campus Reform reported.

“When we learned more about Chick-fil-A and its corporate values and discriminatory policies, and after hearing these concerns raised by a section of our student body, we concluded that these corporate values are not aligned with our values as a student body, and it is not in the best interested of our UNK community to pursue Chick-fil-A right now,” Mr. Calhoun wrote in a Facebook post.

The student government circulated a second survey, replacing Chick-fil-A with a new chicken-chain option, Raising Cane’s, which also beat out Panda Express, IHOP, A&W and Sbarro.

Many students criticized the student government for bowing to pressure from a vocal minority.

“I think it is ridiculous and appalling that this is a situation we are faced with as a campus and student body, due to the preconceived notions of a very small minority,” student Trevor Wiegert wrote to the student senate in a letter obtained by The Daily Wire. “This is a country that was built and has thrived on the notion of free speech. Taking a man’s opinion on his belief in the traditional family and construing it to supposedly encompass his entire company’s corporate values and discriminatory policies in order to feel ‘safe’ or like you’re not being ‘persecuted’ is simply asinine.”

The student government will hold a forum this week to discuss the issue. A final decision is expected to be made Thursday, Campus Reform reported.

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