Chick-fil-A will finally be offered a lease to operate in the San Antonio International airport after the city discriminated against them last year and banned them from the airport. Governor Greg Abbott explains (after 2 minute mark):
Here’s more from Fox News:
Chick-fil-A is being offered a lease at the San Antonio International airport after the city decided to ban the chicken-centric chain from opening there last year, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday, adding that the decision sets a precedent for other cities.
In March 2019, city council officials rejected the restaurant’s bid to open a new location in San Antonio International Airport due to the company’s alleged “legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.”
Paxton explained that in 2019 “the San Antonio City Council decided to exclude Chick-fil-A, a very well-performing restaurant, one of the top-performing restaurants in the country, from their airport based on their support of organizations like the Salvation Army so we started our investigation.”
He said that his office asked “the Department of Transportation to investigate and the result was they came back recently with a letter to us … telling us … that now San Antonio was offering a lease to Chick-fil-A.”
Paxton explained that “there’s the broad view that the Constitution under the First Amendment allows people free exercise of their religious faith and that means business owners as well.”
He added that “also under federal law and under the transportation guidelines, you can’t discriminate based on religious views as well and so that’s why we were asking the Department of Transportation to look at this because they control funding for airports and obviously they regulate those airports.”
“And so we asked them to review that and asked them to consider whether there was a violation of First Amendment rights and the Constitution and guidelines of the Transportation Department and they found there clearly were and fortunately the city has agreed to backtrack and give Chick-fil-A a lease opportunity,” Paxton continued.
I am so glad the state of Texas rallied around Chick-fil-A to force these radicals in San Antonio to back down.
This is a great victory for freedom, religious liberty and the great state of Texas!