DETROIT (WWJ) – Fast food chain Chick-fil-A has plans to open twenty stores in Michigan over the next six years, one of them will be on the Eastern Michigan University campus.
While some Chick-fil-A superfans devoted time to camp out before a store opening — not everyone is excited about their arrival because of the company’s past history of donating to anti-LGBT groups.
Ypsilanti councilwoman-elect Beth Bashert, who is openly gay, says she is concerned her money could be used to harm her and other community members in the future.
“I haven’t seen evidence that they are willing to or ready to embrace a donation and fiscal policy and HR policies that are more inclusive,” says Bashert.
She says there are other places to get chicken.
“I am a little worried about it,” she says, “and they are here, I don’t want them to take our money and then turn around and spend that money to harm the citizens of our city. Everyone is able to make their own decision about where they buy their food, where they buy their hardware – whatever. It’s just my choice at this time.”
A spokesperson for Chick-fil-A says the company has been a great neighborhood partner in every community it serves and no longer donates to anti-LGBT organizations.
An EMU spokesperson says all vendors are required to follow the school’s non-discrimination policy.