Tampa, Florida -- A University of South Florida professor is pushing to get one fast food chain off of his campus.
As of Tuesday morning,the Change.Org petition has more than 650 signatures.
Ferguson, an assistant professor for the university'shumanities and cultural studies,wants the restaurant removed because of its monetary contributions to anti-same sex groups.
"As a campus that stands for diversity and inclusion, the University of South Florida should not fund a company that supports anti-equality measures," Ferguson's petition states. "LGBT rights are human rights and no university should cooperate with a group that is openly against human rights. By removing the Chick-fil-A vendor from the Marshall Center, the USF community will affirm its commitment to all of its members."
Chick-fil-A found itself boiled in controversyafteran interview with its president and COO Dan Cathy appeared in The Baptist Press on July 16, when he weighed in with his views on family.
"We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit," Cathy said. "We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that."
Proponents of same-sex marriage spread Cathy's comments, eventually creating a firestorm of criticism on social media, including assertions that his comments and position were bigoted and hateful.
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