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Why You Can't Protest or Support Michigan's Only Chick-fil-A in Rochester

Michigan has only one Chick-fil-A — and it's right here in Rochester. But guess what? It's closed for the summer.

Chick-fil-A, the fried chicken fast-food restaurant in the headlines for its president's comments against same-sex marriage, has one Michigan location.

And it's right here in Rochester.

But it hasn't been open through this summer of controversy.

There's a Chick-fil-A inside the Oakland Center on the campus of Oakland University. It opened in 2002, according to a report in The Oakland Post, the university's newspaper. It's managed by Chartwells, the food service company that manages the Oakland Center's Pioneer Food Court (and the same one that manages the food service at Rochester Community Schools). 

Chick-fil-A at OU is closed until Sept. 4, when classes resume at the university.

This week, the university offered a statement about Chick-fil-A in response to the recent controversy and on the heels of a record-sales-setting "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" on Wednesday. 

"Chick-fil-A is a food service tenant at Oakland University and has a contract with Chartwells to provide their food to the campus community," said Ted Montgomery, director of media relations at OU.

"The comments of its CEO are certainly regrettable and do not in any way reflect the views of Oakland University. 

"Oakland University is committed to inclusion regarding race, color, religion and sexual orientation, and has created significant programs and organizations to foster understanding and acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals. We work hard to provide a safe and friendly environment for everyone on campus, regardless of their sexual orientation.  

"Chartwells is keeping Oakland informed of developments and actions under consideration."

At least one student group is planning a protest of the restaurant, according to a report this week in the Oakland Post

Chick-fil-A has about 1,600 locations nationwide. It is known for its chicken sandwiches and waffle fries, among other offerings.

Libssuck August 05, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Using Liberal "Logic" if you tell your kid not to do drugs, you are a judgmental hateful bigot. If you tell your kid to never play on the Freeway even if the other kids say it is normal then you are a judgmental hateful bigot. Even if you say that pedophilia is wrong, you are being a judgmental hateful bigot because they can't help it that they were born with that desire, it's not a choice, it's just a different lifestyle and if teens are mature enough to kill their babies, they are mature enough to play with Pedophiles. See there is no Logic in the oxymoron "Liberal Logic"
Robert Eckert August 05, 2012 at 04:30 PM
The groups they donate to lobby for capital punishment for gays in Africa and criminal penalties everywhere they can hope to get them, fight to prevent employment nondiscrimination statutes from being enacted in the US and to repeal them where they exist, and run camps which "cure" gay teens by beating the crap out of them. Cathy's statement pretending that the "marriage" issue is all that the boycott is about was a masterpiece of deflection and distraction.
Proud Christian conservative August 05, 2012 at 04:46 PM
I would support Chic Fil A if there was one in my town. The last I knew we lived in the United States where so far we still have freedom of speech. Funny how "progressives" can say what they want and it is okay. However, let a God fearing conservative open their mouths and we are "hateful".
AshleySchmidt August 05, 2012 at 05:57 PM
I'm not in the LGBT community but I am a God fearing woman and the last time I knew GOD SAID LEAVE THE JUDGING TO ME! No one has the right to judge a person for being who ever they are! Whether being gay is a choice or not, let's not shun someone... The last time I read the BIBLE, we all sinful and no sin outweighs the other... I wish that people could just accept other people as persons, rather than passing judgment. That statement is for all different society issues. Race, religion, sexual orientation, etc.
Alex Freeman August 05, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Fascists hate LGBT people. Read your history books again.
Alex Freeman August 06, 2012 at 12:25 AM
I should email Kristin Bull and tell her the above post is not mine but that would reveal my true identity.
Rochester Hills Resident August 06, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Hey, tator-tots... you're acting like a bunch of waffle fries, @Aaron Keast: get $5 million of your own money from running a successful business and help fund your own favorite hate groups. @Oakland University: Apparently, you don't have the same opinion as the participants in this poll (as of 8/5/2012 it is roughly 70% to 30% that are proud to have the only Michigan Chick-Fil-A in the Rochester area). But it doesn't matter. Chick-Fil-A and Oakland University are buildings. Its the people hiding behind the "Oakland University" building name is what is really frightening to me. Why don't you speak for yourself, rather than hide behind a building name. There is no way you are speaking for everyone who works there too, so speak for yourself. Let yourself be known, chicken <-- epic irony
james templeton August 06, 2012 at 03:43 AM
None of this is about hate, it's about a nation that's turning it's back on God and his laws, just like the prophets of old who warned a nation about God being displeased with it's people and were inviting God's wrath us Christians are trying to warn you, but if you are like the people of old you will probably ignore this and even dish what I'm saying, but at least I'll one day be able to say I told you so.
james templeton August 06, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Read Romans, chapter one in the Bible.
Amanda Kirksey August 06, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Because "I told you so" is really Christian-like?
Sara August 06, 2012 at 03:59 PM
In all you scenarios, someone could get hurt. That is not the case here. Apples do not equal oranges.
Sara August 06, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from the consequences of your speech!
Sara August 06, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Well said.Though I don't believe that loving another human being is a sin.
Sara August 06, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I'm really proud that there is only one Chick Fil A in Michigan and that one is reconsidering!
the shadow August 06, 2012 at 05:37 PM
We all already know that Alex Freeman and Clara T are Mike Reno pseudonyms. May as well come clean now.
dk August 06, 2012 at 06:06 PM
https://www.facebook.com/JoannaVanRaaphorst Which is why everyone needs to make sure they vote for Joanna VanRaaphorst in the primary tomorrow. She's got a ton of endorsements, is a moderate, and enjoys a lot of support from the rationale Republicans in this community. Everybody is tired of McMillin bashing gays and taking money away from our kids to send to charter schools in other communities.
dk August 06, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Nobody was forced into the KKK either. He has a right to his opinion, but he has no right to legislate it - or to lobby to get his religious opinions legislated.
dk August 06, 2012 at 06:08 PM
One is fact, the other is wing nuttery.
dk August 06, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Your god. Don't impose your god on others.
james templeton August 07, 2012 at 08:38 PM
I told you so is a human term, like I tried to warn you, and to impose God on someone, how do you impose the creater who created us, he didn't have to, he gave us free will, so how do we choose to use it, we say God doesn't exist, is that the best answer the human race can come up with, our free will created this chaos called sin, look at our world, does the clay vase complain to the potter on how it is made or does it accept what it is.
veronica August 07, 2012 at 10:42 PM
AMEN PROUD CHRISTIAN! Obey God and leave the consequences to Him! Homosexuality is a sin against Gods word. When you do not obey His word, you will suffer the consequences. Freedom of speech only has consequences when you are living in a Facist society. Grow up liberals!
veronica August 07, 2012 at 10:44 PM
And again, AMEN!
veronica August 07, 2012 at 10:50 PM
It not "I told you so" it's about spreading and sharing the "Good News" about Jesus Chirst and warning you about the consequence you will face by not obeying Gods word. Yes, you are suppose to love one another just not lay down with the opposite sex, for sex.
Bob Jackie August 08, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Chartwells is the worst. They are not a food service, they are a poor pub grub bar food appetizer handler that reheats chicken wings pizza and egg rolls for school kids. Chartwell is terrible and needs to be recalled from the Rochester public schools. Have you seen their so called menus?
veronica August 08, 2012 at 03:53 PM
No one ever said that the LGBT were not good, equal or deserving of love or respect, they are doing wrong things in the eyes of God. This is truth.
veronica August 08, 2012 at 03:54 PM
What is wrong with Howell?
Donna Christensen September 15, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Robert Eckert is either very ignorant or an outright liar. NONE of the groups which Chick fil a supports lobby for capital punishment for homosexuals in Africa. I am always amazed at the base willingness of so called progressives to put out false accusations to demonize groups that do not support the homosexual agenda, which if it is adopted WILL enable and demand that homosexuality, behavior, practices and marriage be taught to school children as young as 6 or 7 that homosexuality is normal behaviour that should be explored and celebrated.
Robert Eckert September 19, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Donna, I'm sorry it is inconvenient for you to believe, but yes, the groups Chick-Fil-A supports were the ones pushing for capital punishment in Uganda, and the bill proposed in Nigeria criminalizing not just homosexuality but any statement advocating equal rights. Our "agenda" is just to be treated like anyone else: how much heterosexuality do you teach 6- or 7-year-olds?
NC STATE January 04, 2013 at 07:03 AM
The reason chick fil a is closed over the summer is because NO ONE IS AT THE SCHOOL!!! Why would the place be open when they wouldn't make any money! It's called business, has nothing to do with being gay. Y'all are taking this the wrong way. Lets think a little people
quanloco February 08, 2013 at 10:13 AM
Republicans are a disease that have plagued this earth!

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