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UNF now part of same sex marriage Chick-fil-A debate

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The politics of same sex marriage and the expressed position of the CEO of Chick-fil-A have now reached the campus of UNF and it is stirring a debate

The student government association wants to bring Chick-fil-A and Papa John's eateries to the campus, and Chick-fil-A is getting the most attention.

"Our goal is to give the students what they want," said Mike Naughton.

Naughton is vice president of the SGA and is aware of the storm brewing over its decision.

"We're really just trying to work to make the Osprey experience better," he said. 

UNF Pride Club, a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender organization, is opposed to the Chick-fil-A on campus. Mariah Moss is President and she's pushing back

"There are a lot of things I don't agree with in terms of Chick-fil-A's stance on gay marriage and gender discrimination," she said, "and I just feel the students of UNF are not aware."

Eric Haggen is the treasurer of the Pride Club.

"I really feel this (UNF) is not the place for a Chick-fil-A," said Haggen.

About eight months ago, the SGA began its initiative; it is all funded by the SGA. It is not a decision of the University nor its administration.

The SGA president said they're trying to bring recognizable names to the campus in the form of dining options. The plan is to replace Sbarro with Chick-fil-A.

Carlo Fassi said they surveyed 15% of the student body and 80% approved the switch.

PRIDE wants the SGA to delay its decision so that more students can have a say in whether a Chick-fil-A restaurant should be on campus.

Fassi said the issue will come to head Monday at their meeting. He's confident it will be approve because they're just doing the will of the students who have already approved it.


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