Texas AG investigating Chick-fil-A's exclusion at airport

Texas AG Ken Paxton led the charge on the anti-ACA suit recently ruled on by a Texas District Judge.- TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE

Texas AG Ken Paxton led the charge on the anti-ACA suit recently ruled on by a Texas District Judge.- TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE

I daresay if the founder of Chick-fil-A was a man of Muslim faith, he would not have faced such a vote, though that religion is stridently anti-LGBT. Additionally, federal regulations governing grant money provided to the San Antonio airport prohibit religious discrimination.

In a letter to Chao, Paxton said the city's action could violate the free exercise clause of the First Amendment. The city has banned the chicken chain from setting up shop in the airport due to the company's alleged 'legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.' In a statement, a rep for Chick-fil-A said they would 'still welcome the opportunity to have a thoughtful dialogue with the city council'.

"Nonetheless, the comments of the Council members made clear Chick-fil-A would be excluded based exclusively on its owners' religious beliefs", he lamented.

He also sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chou, requesting she open her own federal investigation into potential violations of federal law and Transportation Department regulations.

After robust debate, the council backed Trevino's proposal by a vote of 6-4, according to the newspaper.

"I regret the words used to describe your organization and I will not repeat them in this letter", Brockhouse, who is running for mayor, wrote to the company's chairman and CEO.

Most recently, activists have objected to recently released tax filings showing that the company donated more than $1.8 million in 2017 to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Paul Anderson Youth Home, and Salvation Army, all of which have been attacked as "anti-LGBT" for taking traditional biblical stances on homosexuality.

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ABC affiliate KSAT reports that Nirenberg is withholding comment until after he's analyzed Paxton's letter, and Treviño is refusing to back down from his decision to lead the charge against Chick-fil-A.

He continued: "Everyone has a place here, and everyone should feel welcome when they walk through our airport". "I look forward to the announcement of a suitable replacement".

According to WKBW, the new Chick-fil-A was slated to open at the airport sometime during the fall of 2019. Obviously, Western New Yorkers like Chick-fil-A and either support their values or don't care enough to let that get in the way of getting a tasty chicken sandwich. The 140,000 people who serve customers on a daily basis represent and embrace all people, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.

According to the restaurant's website, in 2018, Chick-fil-A was presented with a Glassdoor Employees' Choice Award for being among the top 100 best places to work.

Assemblyman Sean Ryan, meanwhile, took to Twitter to call out the NFTA for the decision, arguing that it was wrong for the state-funded entity to do business "with corporations who fund hateful and divisive groups" - specifically, Chick-fil-A's financial contributions to groups that fuel "anti-LGBTQ rhetoric".

Chick-fil-A was included as well in 2018 in Forbes' list of best employers and as a National Society of High School Scholars top employer.

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