Chick-fil-A has previously faced criticism and boycotts for its donations to anti-LGBTQ groups and CEO Dan Cathys public comments opposing gay marriage. The chain is famously closed on Sunday for religious reasons.
"With this decision, the City Council reaffirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion. 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 March 21 statement. "Everyone has a place here, and everyone should feel welcome when they walk through our airport."
New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan tweeted Thursday that he was disappointed in the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authoritys decision to put a Chick-fil-A at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
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Just a day later, Ryan tweeted that he spoke with the food courts vendor, who told him that Chick-fil-A would no longer be a part of the project.
“We hope in the future the NFTA will make every effort to contract with businesses that adhere to anti-discriminatory policies, and were confident another vendor who better represents the values of the Western New York community will replace Chick-fil-A as part of this project in the very near future,” he said.
In San Antonio a week earlier, the City Council voted 6-4 to remove Chick-fil-A from its seven-year concession plan for one of San Antonio International Airports terminals. The day before the vote, ThinkProgress reported that the private companys foundation had donated more than $1.8 million to three anti-LGBTQ organizations, including the Salvation Army, according to its 2017 tax filings.
While City Council member Roberto Trevino said in a statement after the vote that he opposed including Chick-fil-A because of its discriminatory behavior, the San Antonio Express-News reported that Mayor Ron Nirenberg argued against including the chain because it would lose revenue on Sundays.
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Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has opened an investigation into San Antonios decision to exclude the restaurant on the grounds of religious freedom.
“Recent coverage about Chick-fil-A continues to drive an inaccurate narrative about our brand,” Chick-fil-A said in a statement. “We want to make it clear that our sole focus is on providing delicious food and welcoming everyone. We do not have a political or social agenda.”
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COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) – Is Chick-fil-A being discriminated against for its religious views? Thats the question Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is now asking after the fast food restaurant was banned from the San Antonio International Airport.
In late March, the San Antonio city council voted to remove plans for the restaurant to be in its airport because of what theyre calling the companys legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.
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“Because a lot of times youve heard about Chick-fil-As stance on everything and the fact that theyre actually doing something about it now is shocking to me and in a place like Texas,” said Madison Brast, a College Station resident.
“The fact that people of all religions come to Chick-fil-A because of their quality food and customer service I think that would uphold the reasoning of why it should stay there, so its kind of shocking and interesting to hear,” said Heather Gonzalez, a College Station resident.
“Chick-fil-A has already established a big customer base, so I dont think anything San Antonio is doing will impact it,” said Brast.
In a statement the Chick-fil-A Inc. says:”Recent coverage about Chick-fil-A continues to drive an inaccurate narrative about our brand. We do not have a political or social agenda or discriminate against any group. More than 145,000 people from different backgrounds and beliefs represent the Chick-fil-A brand. We embrace all people, regardless of religion, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.