SAN ANTONIO, TX — (03-27-19) — The City of San Antonio bars anti-LGBT supporter Chi-Fil-A from opening a new location at the San Antonio International Airport.
San Antonio Councilman Roberto Treviño said the plan “reaffirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion.”
Chick-fil-A has a track record of supporting anti-LGBTQ policies nationwide. Those actions may have cost them a new location for the fast food chain to open in the San Antonio International Airport.
The San Antonio City Council voted 6-4 last week in favor of a concessions plan designating new restaurants and businesses at the San Antonio International Airport.
Popular eateries chains such as Smoke Shack BBQ and Boss Wood Fired Bagels and Coffee were approved in the plan approved on March 21. Chick-fil-A of course is upset with the city’s decision considering they were included in earlier plans for the airport.
The Georgia-based fast food chain has been a long time supporter of anti-LGBTQ organizations including the Colorado-based hate group the Family Research Institute.
The privately owned company pledged not to “have a political or social agenda” after its billionaire CEO, Dan Cathy, created a fire storm and boycott of the fast food chain in 2012 when he publicly decried same-sex marriage.
Anti-LGBT Activism Cost Chick-fil-A Franchise at San Antonio International Airport
ThinkProgress obtained Chick-Fil-A’s tax records which show the company has not changed their ways. In 2017, Chick-fil-A donated $9.9 million to charity. Of that amount roughly $1.8 million went to groups with a track record of discriminating against LGBTQ people.
San Antonio Councilman Roberto Treviño released the following statement regarding Chick-fil-A being axed from consideration.
“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. Everyone has a place here, and everyone should feel welcome when they walk through our airport.” said Treviño.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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