"I want everyone in South Carolina and across America to know I have Chick fil-A’s back," Graham tweeted Wednesday. "I hope we don’t have to, but I will go to war for the principles Chick fil-A stands for. Great food. Great service. Great values. God bless Chick fil-A!"
The tweet was in response to students and faculty at Notre Dame, a Catholic university, expressing outrage over a proposal to open a Chick-fil-A on campus due to its past donations to Christian groups.
Opponents to the proposal accused Chick-fil-A of donating to "queerphobic groups," such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army.
"It’s disappointing to hear some ND students and faculty want to ban Chick-fil-A from doing business on campus because they disagree with the values held by the Chick-fil-A founders," Graham said in another tweet on the matter. "What a dangerous precedent to set."
Chick-fil-A did not immediately respond to Fox News’s request for comment on Graham’s remarks.
Liberals have long slammed Chick-fil-A for donating to Christian groups accused of anti-LGBTQ views, and the company announced a donation policy shift in 2019 to focus on initiatives assisting in "the areas of education, homelessness and hunger."
The wildly popular fast-food chain is currently facing resistance in New York, where the chain is slated to open in rest stops along I-90 as part of the Thruway Authority’s $450 million service-state modernization project.
A handful of Democratic state legislators, however, want the plan halted, citing claims of anti-LGBTQ donations.
In San Antonio, city council members blocked plans to open a Chick-fil-A in the city’s airport after also citing past donations made by the company.
"San Antonio is a city full of compassion, and we do not have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior," Councilman Roberto Treviño said in a 2019 statement. "Everyone has a place here, and everyone should feel welcome when they walk through our airport."
The following year, however, Attorney General Ken Paxton said the chain would be offered a lease in the airport after an investigation.
Paxton said the decision to offer a lease was "so important" because if the council’s denial to the chain "was allowed to occur," "then this could happen all over the country, City councils or other governmental entities could just decide they didn't like your personal views on whatever related to your religious faith and stop you from having a business."