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UofL, Family Foundation release statements about Chick-fil-A

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The comments made by the president of Chick-fil-A has created controversy across the nation.

In the wake of the comments, the University of Louisville has been criticized after President John Ramsey and other university officials refused to eat at the restaurant.

Dr. Ramsey and Dr. Willihnganz released a statement Wednesday afternoon about the future of the restaurant on campus: "In the past week, we have heard from many people regarding statements by the Chick-fil-A president. We have met with and listened to students, faculty and staff, some of whom supported the statement, some of whom were offended and hurt. UofL is an institution that treasures diversity. Our strength is in the experiences and values we share with those who may be different from us. We also are a university that steadfastly supports free speech – even if that speech goes against our values. We respect an individual's right to disagree. We respect an individual's right to choose where they spend their money. After conversations with Mr. Cathy and others in our campus community, the University of Louisville is taking no action. We as a university will continue to stand for diversity and to celebrate our differences."

Wednesday evening, the Family Foundation released a statement after the University of Louisville backed down on their possible plans for ejecting Chick-fil-A from its campus. "We are happy to hear of this decision," said Martin Cothran, senior policy analyst for The Family Foundation. "We hope this will ease the atmosphere of intolerance that was created by the initial comments by U of L president James Ramsey and provost Shirley Willinganz opposing traditional marriage."

"We're confident religious students and others who share traditional values will sleep easier knowing that the administration will not be taking any explicit actions against organizations that share their values," he said.

According to the statement Cothran said that the Chick-fil-A controversy has pointed up an increasing problem on the U of L campus of a lack of intellectual and political diversity. "The problem of political intolerance on the part of school-sponsored gay student organizations needs to be addressed. The administration can't continue to fund and encourage groups like LGBT Services, who seem to think that they have the right to enforce their political beliefs on everyone else on campus."

Wednesday was the unofficial Chick-fil-A appreciation day.

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