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Northeastern University Says No to Chick-fil-A

The following post comes from HRC Digital Media Intern Eric Cameron:

Responding to a widely supported student resolution, Northeastern University officials have canceled a pending contract with anti-LGBT food chain Chick-fil-A.

Research published late last year by Equality Matters showed WinShape -- Chick-fil-A's charitable branch -- donating nearly $2 million to vehemently anti-LGBT organizations in 2009 alone.

After discovering possible plans to open a Chick-fil-A in the university's student center, members of the student body took action. A petition opposing the chain quickly gained 300 signatures, and a resolution denouncing the chain for its anti-LGBT policies passed 31-5 in the student Senate earlier this week.

University officials responded favorably to the student government's resolution. “We are proud of the decision that affirms our university’s commitment to be an inclusive, diverse community that is respectful of all,” said university spokeswoman Renata Nyul in a statement to the Boston Herald.

A similar petition to remove Chick-fil-A from the cafeteria of a New York University dorm is currently surging into prominence on Change.org. With almost 11,000 signatures already collected, NYC's only current Chick-fil-A may soon be history as well.

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