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LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS/AP) – Students at a private university in New Jersey can eat more chicken as long as it’s not Chick-fil-A.
Rider University in Lawrence Township has removed Chick-fil-A from its dining options due to the “company’s record widely perceived to be in opposition to the LGBTQ community.”
“I’m kind of upset about it. I personally like Chick-Fil-A,” one student said.
“I was kind of disappointed,” another student said.
Chick-fil-A says it has supported Christian values. Its corporate purpose is “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us.”
Rider says it understands some may view the decision as a “form of exclusion.” But the school says it wanted to be “faithful to our values of inclusion.”
In a statement Rider President Gregory Dell’Omo said, “Chick-Fil-A was removed as one of the options based on the company’s record widely perceived to be in opposition to the LGBTQ+ community.”
“I think it’s to protect their image from the outside. You know with recruitment and like getting other students to come to the school,” said one student.
The university plans to hold a campus forum so that all voices can be heard.
“We have no policy of discrimination against any group, and we do not have a political or social agenda,” said Chick-fil-A in a statement.
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