Whereas the Student Government Association of Johns Hopkins University aims to provide a safe, supportive environment for all university affiliates now and in the future,
Whereas the American fast food restaurant chain, Chick-fil-A’s former CEO Dan Cathy has publicly stated divisive statements against the LGBTQ+ community,
Whereas Dan Cathy was disappointed after the supreme court’s decision on same sex marriage and stated [via Twitter] “Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies,”
Whereas the SGA vehemently opposes this sentiment,
Whereas visiting prospective and current students, staff, faculty, and other visitors who are members of the LGBTQ+ community or are allies would be subjected to microagressions of supporting current or future Chick-fil-A development plans,
Whereas several universities such as North Carolina State University and Indiana University have already launched efforts to ban already established Chick-fil-A’s,
Whereas when new fast food developments are recommended on campus, the University should seek out other similar non-discriminatory alternatives,
Therefore, be it resolved, that the SGA does not support the proposal of a Chick-fil-A, in a current or future sense, particularly on any location that is central to student life.
According to the JHU News-Letter, a student newspaper, the issue of a Chick-fil-A on campus came up after some students posted on the university’s Facebook page they wanted one of the restaurants on campus. The resolution prompted spirited debate between progressive, libertarian and social conservative students.