By Michelle Garcia
Originally published on Advocate.com March 12 2013 3:07 PM ET
Emory University in Atlanta will not have a Chick-fil-A on campus next semester. The school newspaper, The Emory Wheel, broke the news on Twitter last week that the sandwich chain would leave to make way for renovations.
Emory's LGBT alumni group sent a letter to campus president James Wagner after Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy admitted he and his company were "guilty as charged" when it came to actively opposing marriage equality. Seven campus LGBT groups followed suit in October, and the student association passed a resolution in December urging the college to reconsider Chick-fil-A as a campus venue, according to the Georgia Voice.
In December, the administration issued a statement touting its LGBT-inclusive atmosphere, and added that Cathy's statements do not reflect the "values of access, inclusion, and equity." The statement, however, also added that Cathy was free to express his views.
The university had been working with dining facility manager Sodexo, to evaluate whether they would continue using Chick-fil-A. The December statement said any changes to Emory's dining options would not take place until Fall 2013.