Chick-fil-A is an enormously popular fried chicken restaurants with fans all across the country. The company has also come under fire for supporting charities that look to limit the rights of LGBTQ citizens. The chicken chain encountered a firestorm in 2012 when CEO Dan Cathy voiced his disagreements with same sex marriage.
The restaurants continued support for anti-LGBTQ organizations has led some cities to fight back, not allowing the chain to open eateries in airports. In an attempt to make sure that doesn’t happened again, Texas Governor, Greg Abbott signed legislation that would ban cities from being able to ban organizations for supporting religious groups.
The specific Texas issue started when the San Antonio Airport banned Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant there. City Councilman, Roberto Treviño, said at the time:
“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.”
Following the San Antonio ban, the Buffalo, New York Airport followed suit. Assemblyman Sean Ryan wrote, “I applaud the decision that has been made to remove Chick-fil-A from plans for the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Thank you to everyone who reached out to share their opinion.”
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— Senator Sean Ryan (@SenSeanRyan) March 29, 2019
If Governor Abbott has his way, though, a ban like this will not occur again in the state of Texas. State Representative, Celia Israel said of the law, ““It’s been cloaked in religious freedom, but the genesis, the nexus of this bill, is in hatred.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.