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.”
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.”