3 Aug 2012 11:58 AM EST
-by Vania Andre, Staff Writer; Image: NYU students protesting the Weinstein Hall’s Chick-fil-A (Image Source: Gothamist)
Following Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s comments about gay marriage, a New York University (NYU) spokesman suggested Thursday that the university may remove the fast food chain from their campus.
“[Cathy’s] comments are out of step with NYU’s views on this matter,” NYU spokesman John Beckman said. “The University Administration will ask the University Senate to take up the issue of Chick-fil-A’s status on campus again when it reconvenes this fall to make a recommendation on how to proceed.”
Cathy’s remarks drew fierce criticisms from gay rights activists; however, it also garnished strong support from Christian conservatives. In support for the chain, Mike Huckabee launched “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” on August 1, while GLADD launched "National Same-Sex Kiss Day,” where same-sex couples were encouraged to take pictures of themselves kissing at Chick-fil-A restaurants.
“Let me be clear—I do not want establishments in my city that hold such discriminatory views,” City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said in a letter to NYU President John Sexton. Quinn also posted a petition on Change.org asking Chick-fil-A to apologize.
NYU houses the only Chick-fil-A in the five boroughs.