CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Lunchtime at UNC Charlotte was packed Thursday with students all eating pretty much the same thing–Chick-fil-A.
“It’s pretty popular. There’s always an extremely long line,” said UNCC sophomore Tammy Nguyen.
The Chick-fil-A on UNCC’s campus is popular among students, but Campus Pride, a Charlotte-based organization that promotes gay rights on college campuses, is calling for all colleges to completely cut ties with the fast food giant.
Matt Comer is the editor of Q Notes, a Charlotte gay newspaper.
“Chick-fil-A is a popular restaurant. A lot of people love their food but at the same time a lot of folks in the gay and lesbian community and outside didn’t know the company was taking their corporate profits and pouring it into organizations that actively do harm to gay and lesbian people,” Comer said.
Victoria Worthy is a UNCC senior. She called herself a feminist and said she supports gay rights. But she said that’s not the issue and she will continue to support one of her favorite restaurants.
“I’m not going to quit (visiting) them. There’s plenty of people I know that I’m not going to be friends with them or have conversations or drink their delicious lemonade,” Worthy said.
“I think they should get rid of it not because of gay rights. I think everybody should be understanding of each other and not discriminatory against others with differences,” voiced UNCC freshman Matt Wynn.
A Davidson University student has started an online petition asking the school not to be associated with Chick-fil-A. Hundreds had signed it by Thursday afternoon, including faculty and alumni.
Still, others say they'll continue to eat there, but offered advice to the company’s owner.
“I think he does a nice job. I like the way he runs his restaurant. He should just stay out of politics,” said Gordon McWilliams.