Chick-fil-A has reportedly been barred from opening a new location in the San Antonio, Texas, airport after a city councilman flagged the company’s anti-LGBTQ activity.
The San Antonio City Council on Thursday voted 6-4 to pass a new concessions agreement that excludes the popular fast food chain, citing a ThinkProgress report on Wednesday which noted the company’s foundation gave $1.8 million in 2017 to tax-exempt groups with anti-LGBTQ records, 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 explained in a statement. “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. I look forward to the announcement of a suitable replacement by Paradies.”
A 985 square foot Chick-fil-A concession stand had been one of 10 concepts proposed to open 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.”
ThinkProgress reported earlier this week:
Chick-fil-A has sought to downplay its anti-LGBTQ record since the company’s CEO Dan Cathy made comments in 2012 suggesting that America is “inviting God’s judgment” by embracing same-sex marriage and that the company was “guilty as charged” of having anti-equality positions.
But despite reportedly promising last year to halt donations to causes considered “offensive,” its foundation has continued to fund anti-LGBTQ groups and the company remains one of a few with a zero rating from the Human Rights Campaign and a corporate employment non-discrimination policy that does not include sexual orientation or gender identity.
“I want the first thing [a visitor to] see is a San Antonio that is welcoming and that they not see…a symbol of hate,” Councilman Manny Pelaez said, explaining his support for the amendment.