Chick-Fil-A wont be landing at Buffalo airport – USA TODAY

Chick-Fil-A won\t be landing at Buffalo airport - USA TODAY
Chick-fil-A loses two airport deals in less than two weeks
In the last two weeks, Chick-fil-A has missed out on two potentially lucrative airport contracts after local politicians raised concerns over the companys anti-LGBTQ history.

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.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said March 28 he is opening an investigation into the city's decision. He also requested that Secretary Elaine Chao of the United States Department of Transportation open an investigation into the city’s potential violation of federal law and Transportation Department regulations.

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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.

"Chick-fil-A has a long history of supporting and funding anti-LGBTQ organizations," Ryan said. "As a state entity, the [Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority] has a responsibility to avoid doing business with corporations who fund hateful and divisive groups."

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.

Chick-fil-A has a long and well-documented history of donating money to anti-LGBTQ groups. The chain faced backlash seven years ago when news broke that the companys charitable endeavor WinShape Foundation donated millions of dollars to groups with with anti-LGBTQ agendas. And just last week, ThinkProgress reported that Chick-fil-A gave $1.65 million in 2017 to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a group with a sexual purity policy for its employees banning homosexual acts. The chain also made smaller donations to a Christian residential home that has a history of opposing gay marriage, and the Salvation Army, an organization that has been accused of LGBTQ discrimination in the past.

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.

Share Share Chick-fil-A Dropped From Second Airport Over Support for Anti-LGBTQ Groups  tweet share Pocket Flipboard Email Alex Wong/Getty For the second time in two weeks, conservative-leaning chain Chick-fil-A has been blocked from opening a new restaurant in an airport. According to New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan, plans to open a Chick-fil-A in the food court of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport have been scrapped because of the chains history of donating to groups with anti-LGBTQ agendas. Last week, a similar decision was made regarding a proposed location at the San Antonio International Airport.

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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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Chick-fil-A also donated that year to the Paul Anderson Youth Home, a Christian residential home for troubled youth, which teaches boys that homosexuality is wrong and same-sex marriage is a rage against Jesus Christ and His values. However, the company told ThinkProgress it has since ended charitable contributions to the organization, citing “a blog post from 2010 surfaced that does not meet Chick-fil-As commitment to creating a welcoming environment to all.”

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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.

State Assemblyman Sean Ryan, a Democrat, announced Friday that plans to include the eatery at Buffalo Niagara International Airport were scrapped. In a statement, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority said it would contact the lawmaker to discuss his concerns.

“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 been blocked again from setting up shop in an airport, this time in Buffalo, N.Y., the second city to retaliate against the fast food chains anti-LGBTQ stance in just over a week.

“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.


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