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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Students rally for restaurant removal

By Juan Labreche / New Mexico Daily Lobo

On campus Tuesday, Peggy DiScenza (left), Nicki Works (center) and Wambli Eagleman (right) protest the restaurant chain Chik-fil-A.

GetEQUAL, a grassroots organization that works to change anti-LGBTQ sentiments, protested Chick-fil-A on campus outside the bookstore on Tuesday. The organization said Chick-fil-A supports an anti-LGBTQ agenda and funds organizations opposed to gay rights. Chick-fil-A’s corporate office released a formal statement in response to the group’s accusations.

“At Chick-fil-A, we have a genuine commitment to hospitality for all of our guests,” it said. “We are not anti-anybody and have no agenda, policy or position against anyone … We support a number of organizations that enrich the communities where we serve daily. Some of these organizations are faith-based and marriage-focused and others are not. These donations have not been given to support an anti-gay political agenda.”

Protestors urged students to call the SUB Administration Office and request that the University terminate its contract with Chick-fil-A.