Food chain faces ban because owner opposes gay marriage

A fast-food outlet in America faces being thrown off a University campus because its owner opposes the redefinition of marriage.

The head of Chick-fil-A, a fast-food chain with branches in over 30 US states, is well known for supporting traditional marriage.

Students at Elon University in North Carolina have recently voted in favour of banning the company’s outlet from its campus.


The vote has yet to be approved by the president of the student council, and support from senior staff at the institution would be needed for the ban to put in place.

Chick-fil-A, which is based in Atlanta, has more than 1,615 restaurants around the USA and last year had annual sales of over $4.1 billion.

Earlier this year a number of US mayors threatened to punish the company over its stance on marriage.


At the time Boston’s Mayor, Thomas Menino, said he would do everything he could to stop Chick-fil-A from setting up shop in the city.

And Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel – formerly Chief of Staff to President Obama – said he would block any new outlets opening in his area.

The Mayor of San Francisco said he “strongly recommends” that the company doesn’t try to open a restaurant within 40 miles of his city.