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Montana’s attorney general invites Chick-fil-A to the state after multiple cities ban it


Montana Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Tim Fox (R) invited Chick-fil-A to open further locations in the Treasure State amid several cities’ decision to ban the restaurant.

“While your company faces a barrage of unnecessary criticism from places like San Antonio, TX and Buffalo, NY, I want you to know that Montanans don’t discriminate against others based on religious affiliations,” Fox wrote in a letter to Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy posted to Twitter on Monday.

“That’s why I’d like to extend Chick-fil-A an invitation to expand its operations in Big Sky Country.”

{mosads}The state currently only has one Chick-fil-A location, Fox said.

“Just to be clear, in Montana, beef is king.” Fox added. “But we sure know good food when we taste it. … Not only are Montanans the most amazing friends and neighbors you’ll ever meet, we’re hungry and ready to do business with you.”

Chick-fil-A has been criticized by LGBTQ advocates for years following Cathy’s comments that the company supports “the biblical definition of the family unit.” 

San Antonio City Council voted 6-4 last month to pass a concessions agreement barring Chick-fil-A from opening a location in the city’s airport, citing its history of donations to anti-LGBTQ groups.

“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 San Antonio Current.

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority similarly decided in April to bar the company from opening a location in Buffalo’s airport.

New Jersey’s Rider University decided not to allow an on-campus Chick-fil-A earlier in the year, prompting Cynthia Newman, then the dean of the university’s College of Business Administration, to resign and return to her faculty position.

The Hill has reached out to Chick-fil-A for comment. 

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