San Antonio bans Chick-fil-A from airport over ‘anti-LBGTQ behavior’

Popular fast food chain Chick-fil-A has reportedly been barred from opening a new location in the San Antonio, Texas, airport.

The San Antonio City Council on Thursday voted 6-4 to pass a new concessions agreement that excludes Chick-fil-A, citing the company’s anti-LGBTQ donations and history, according to the San Antonio Current.

“With this decision, the City Council reaffirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion,” Councilman Roberto C. Treviño told the news outlet in a statement. “San Antonio is a city full of compassion, and we don’t have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.” 

{mosads}A Chick-fil-A concession stand had been one of 10 concepts proposed to take up space in a terminal.

“The press release issued by the councilmember was the first we heard of his motion and its approval by the San Antonio City Council,” Chick-fil-A told The Hill in a statement. ”We wish we had the opportunity to clarify misperceptions about our company prior to the vote. We agree with the councilmember that everyone should feel welcome at Chick-fil-A. In fact, we have welcomed everyone in San Antonio into our 32 local stores for more than 40 years.”

Chick-fil-A has been viewed as anti-LGBTQ for years after CEO Dan Cathy said the company supports “the biblical definition of the family unit.” 

Reports emerged this week that the company has donated to anti-LGBTQ organizations as recently as 2017.


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