Wichita State University stands by embattled Chick-fil-A

Josiah Ryan
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A Wichita State University (WSU) petition to remove Chick-fil-A a from the campus fell flat on Wednesday when administrators issued a statement noting that there had been no reports of discrimination involving the popular fast-food chain.

"The university has no reason to believe that anyone has been refused service at Chick-fil-A on campus for sexual orientation or any other factor involving discrimination," said a statement issued by the university. "If WSU receives information that someone served on campus has been discriminated against, the university would… review and address the situation."

A controversy over Chick-fil-A ignited on WSU’s campus last week after Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy referred to the  “biblical definition of the family unit” and revealed he financially supports pro-family groups including Focus on the Family, and the Family Research Center.

A a graduate student spread a petition to remove the restaurant from WSU's campus that gained had around 1600 signatures by Thursday afternoon,

Chick-fil-A corporate headquarters issued a statement last week noting that donations of their CEO do not translate into company policy.

“The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender,” said the statement. “ We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 restaurants run by independent owner/operators. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”

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Josiah Ryan

Josiah Ryan

Contributing Reporter

Josiah Ryan is a contributing reporter for CampusReform.org and former director of communications for LI's Campus Leadership Program. 

Previously Josiah reported on the U.S. Senate for The Hill newspaper in Washington D.C. and was the cofounder of The Floor Action blog, a live-stream on policy, politics, and procedure in the upper chamber.

Josiah served as a reporter for the Jerusalem Post and JPOST TV in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he wrote on religion, culture, and the conflict.

Josiah is 2007 graduate of Hillsdale College. 

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