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UNM students speak out over Chick-fil-A controversy
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The Chick-fil-A / gay marriage controversy is flaring up again, this time on the campus of the University of New Mexico, where Chick-fil-A is big business.

When the feathers hit the fan with the Chick-fil-A controversy this summer, UNM was heading into the break between summer school and fall semester. Now, with classes starting, it's time to wake up and smell the chicken.

Chick-fil-A sandwiches are wildly popular in the Student Union food court, rivaling even pizza for the crown of college cuisine. But the company owner's view against gay marriage and for the old one-man-one-woman concept are prompting some students to launch a movement to kick the chick off campus.

"It's not about gay marriage rights," said UNM student Brittany Arneson. "It's about millions of dollars that are donated for hate and bigotry towards anti-gay organizations."

But they are up against a popular product and customers who see it as a free speech issue.

"It's based on the owner of Chick-fil-A's opinion," said student Jacob Athons as he waited in a long line to order lunch at Chick-fil-A. "He's just standing up for what he believes. I don't think that Chick-fil-A should be kicked off campus for that alone."

"I think the whole thing is ridiculous," said student Cassandra Leyba while lunching on a Sonic burger. "Chicken sandwiches and gay marriage have nothing to do with each other!"

Arneson and other students said they will organize a protest soon, but some said the only way for the campaign to gain real momentum is to seek action through student government - and then take it to the Board of Regents.

Until then, it won't have legs. Or drumsticks.

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