(Burlington Times-News) Members of the Elon University board of trustees have decided that Chick-fil-A can remain on campus.

The decision was announced Thursday in a lengthy email sent to students, faculty and staff. The restaurant chain has been at the center of controversy since last summer when Dan Cathy, the company’s chief operating officer, made public statements supporting the traditional family and speaking against same-sex marriage.

Protests — both in opposition to and in support of the chain — followed at numerous locations. At Elon, members of the student government association voted to kick Chick-fil-A off campus. The president of the student association vetoed the vote. SGA members tried to overturn the veto, but didn’t have the votes.

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