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Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 08/17/2012

University of Maryland students gather signatures to get Chick-fil-A out of food court


(MANDEL NGAN - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

The Chick-fil-A same-sex marriage debate doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. Ever since President Dan Cathy stated his stance on gay marriage last month, the fast-food chain has been under scrutiny.

Now, some University of Maryland students and staff are working to get the restaurant off their campus.

They’re using online petitioning via change.org to persuade Adele H. Stamp Student Union officials to remove the restaurant, reports campus newspaper The Diamondback,

As of Friday afternoon, the petition has more than 560 supporters. The organizers have set 1,000 signatures as a goal.

However, the school has a contract with Chick-fil-A that runs through the academic year, according to student union director Marsha Guenzler-Stevens.

Guenzler-Stevens said it's hard to say whether the Chick-fil-A business on campus has been affected. But in a survey conducted last spring about popularity of food court options, Chick-fil-A was No. 1.

“The petition is a form of speech and protest, which are part of our daily diet," she said.

By Malu Banuelos  |  05:26 PM ET, 08/17/2012

 
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