Buffalo airport says no to new airport location from Chick-Fil-A – USA TODAY

Buffalo airport says no to new airport location from Chick-Fil-A - 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.

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Chick-fil-A Loses Buffalo Airport Deal Because of Anti-LGBTQ Donations

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.

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-thousand 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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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.

Ryan says the state, which runs the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, has strict rules about discrimination. The NFTA acknowledged the change in plans, and says it is now working toward offering the best food selections at the airport.

“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.

“I’m a bit disappointed with the NFTA. They wanted to talk about how they could allow them to stay there. That’s really not allowed under our rules,” said Ryan.

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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.

CHEEKTOWAGA (WBNG) — A state lawmaker says Chick-Fil-A will no longer be coming to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

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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.

Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has opened an investigation into San Antonios decision to exclude the restaurant on the grounds of religious freedom.

In a lengthy statement shared to its website on March 21, the Georgia-based chicken chain addressed the inaccurate narrative sparked by a ThinkProgress report citing 2017 tax records showing that the chain donated nearly $2 million to three separate organizations – Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Paul Anderson Youth Home, and the Salvation Army – all of which are accused of having a history of LGBTQ discrimination.

“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.”

Chick-fil-A is speaking out after reports that it donated $1.8 million to anti-LGBTQ organizations sparked outrage.

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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.

Last Thursday, Ryan tweeted a statement condemning the decision by Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority and Delaware North to bring Chick-fil-A to the airport, and now it seems that the management has disinvited the chain from opening in the food court. A publicly financed facility like the Buffalo Niagara International Airport is not the appropriate venue for a Chick-fil-A restaurant, Ryan said in a statement. I applaud the decision that has been made to remove Chick-fil-A from the plans for this project.

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.

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.

Of course, the groups donations to organizations with explicitly anti-LGBTQ agendas tell a different story. Stay tuned for any updates on the Chick-fil-A airport fallout as they become available.

• Chick-Fil-A wont be taking orders at Buffalo airport [USA Today]• Chick-fil-A scrapped at Buffalo Niagara International Airport [Springfield News-Sun]• Chick-Fil-A no longer in the plans for Buffalo airport [WGRZ]• Chick-fil-A Loses San Antonio Airport Deal Over Donations to Anti-LGBTQ Groups [E]

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