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Students at Indiana University South Bend successfully petitioned their school to drop Chick-fil-A as a weekly vendor, after numerous stories noted the restaurant's deep connections to anti-gay organizations like Focus on the Family, the National Organization for Marriage, Exodus International, and the Pennsylvania Family Institute. Gay students and straight allies at the school wanted to send the message that supporting discrimination in any form has no place on the campus of Indiana University South Bend.
The school became the first to stand up and address Chick-fil-A's involvement with organizations fighting marriage equality. Now other schools are looking at Chick-fil-A's politics as well, including Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), where students are organizing to keep a Chick-fil-A out of the Student Union's dining services.
"The Student Union is a place where all students should feel safe and welcome. By allowing a company with a history of bigotry and homophobia into our campus, we potentially allow FGCU to place monetary gain above the comfort and safety of the very students who are expected to frequent the Union Building," say the group of students at FGCU.