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Trinity University will not be removing Chick-fil-A from its campus dining hall despite students rallying for the Texas school to drop the company, according to Campus Reform.
The school’s student government previously voted unanimously to remove the restaurant from school property because students felt that the restaurant’s traditional Christian values was a “drastic assault on [LGBTQ] students.”
Tess Coody-Anders, the school’s vice president for strategic communications and marketing, sent an email to students notifying them that their vote effectively means nothing.
The student resolution read, “Trinity’s values of diversity and inclusion and Chick-fil-a’s values regarding the LGBT+ community are mutually exclusive.”
“We do not make vendor decisions based on their political or religious beliefs,” the message read in part. The communication added that the school considers “utilization, variety of options, vendor performance, and campus-wide feedback” when selecting vendor offerings on the school’s San Antonio campus.
The email added, “Based on these criteria, Chick-fil-A appears to be a preferred vendor by students and the broader Trinity community.”
Sen. Claire Carlson told the school paper that it’s only natural that people should feel “uncomfortable” on the campus as a result of Chick-fil-A.
“Obviously [the presence of Chick-fil-A] has the potential to make a lot of people feel uncomfortable on campus, and also it looks really bad for Trinity in the context of recruiting potential students who may be a part of the LGBTQ community,” Carlson complained.
Isaiah Mitchell, chapter president of the Young Conservatives of Texas, told Campus Reform that outrage is on the rise.
“The leftists here have the advantage of outrage,” Mitchell said. “It’s not valid, but it’s an advantage we don’t have because we understand that the presence of Chick-fil-A doesn’t harm anybody. They don’t realize that.”