(WICHITA, Kan.) — The controversy over gay marriage and a fast food chain has reached college campuses in Kansas.
The KU petition had more than 1,600 signatures by Thursday night. The Wichita State petition had nearly 500.
A nationwide uproar started earlier this month when Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy, son of the company's founder, said he was against same-sex marriage. Cathy told the Baptist Press that the company was "guilty as charged" for backing "the biblical definition of a family." In a subsequent radio interview, he ratcheted up the rhetoric: "I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.'"
The Cathy family has never hid from its Southern Baptist views, closing its restaurants on Sundays. Cathy has also given millions of dollars to groups opposing marriage equality.
Cathy's statements angered supporters of gay rights. Leaders in Boston and Chicago say the restaurant is not welcome there and the Jim Henson Company has yanked its Muppet toys from kids' meals.