86th LegislatureIssuesLocal NewsSan Antonio City Council Targets Chick-Fil-A, Excludes from Airport

San Antonio City Council votes to exclude Chick-Fil-A from the city's airport over the restaurant's Christian beliefs.
March 22, 2019
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On Thursday, San Antonio city councilman Robert Treviño made a motion to exclude Chick-fil-A from the San Antonio International Airport on the claim they have a legacy of anti-LGBT behavior.

Treviño, who represents District 1, went on to say, “Everyone has a place here, and everyone should feel welcome when they walk through our airport.”

In a statement on Twitter, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton responded:

“The City of San Antonio’s decision to exclude Chick-fil-A based on the religious beliefs associated with the company and its owners is the opposite of tolerance. It’s discriminatory, and not only out of step with Texas values, but inconsistent with the Constitution and Texas law.”

Chick-fil-A states its corporate purpose is, “to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with Chick-fil-A”. The company closes on Sundays because their founder, Truett Cathy, used to work in restaurants that were open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Cathy believed Sundays off served as an opportunity to “set aside one day to rest and worship if they (his employees) choose.”

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Progressive website ThinkProgress blasted the company for donating to three allegedly anti-LGBT groups in 2017: the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), the Paul Anderson Youth Home, and the Salvation Army.

The popular food chain has become a fixture of progressive ire in recent years due to the organization’s unapologetic Christian beliefs. In 2018, Chick-fil-A was included in Glassdoor’s Top 100 Best Places to Work

According to a CNN report, Ron Nirenberg, the current mayor of San Antonio, opposed keeping Chick-fil-A in the airport for economic reasons. He justified his support for the city council’s motion during a mayoral debate:

“Have you ever tried to buy waffle fries on a Sunday? They’re closed. Fifteen percent of sales generated in the airport come on a Sunday.”

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Tony Guajardo

Tony Guajardo

Tony Guajardo is a reporter for The Texan. He has been involved in politics since the fall of 2012 when he served as an intern for the now-retired U.S. Congressman Charlie Gonzalez (D-San Antonio). He is a native of Fort Worth, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University.