AUSTIN, Texas – Chick-fil-A said Monday that it no longer plans to open a restaurant in San Antonio Airport, even though the Texas city relied after more than a year of legal conflict, which began when some City leaders had opposed the fast – the food chain is getting a spot, citing donations made by company owners to LGBTQ causes.
“We are always evaluating potential new locations in hopes of serving superb food with remarkable service to existing and new customers.” Chick-fil-A said in a statement. “We are not pursuing a location in San Antonio Airport at this time, we are grateful for the opportunity to serve San Antonio at our 32 existing restaurants.”
Some members of the San Antonio City Council blocked the chain from opening a restaurant at San Antonio International Airport, saying they objected to it because the owners of Chick-Film-A donated to LGBTQ causes over the years is.
In May last year, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ellen Chao whether the city had broken federal law or Department of Transportation regulations. He said the exclusion of fast-food chains from the airport is due to discrimination “due to the expression of the owner’s religious beliefs.” The complaint prompted an FAA investigation that began on July 24 with San Francisco informal resolution to allow Chick-Film-A to be leased to the city-owned airport.
Some Texas leaders largely supported the company. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill defending Chick-fil-A and religious freedom in 2019. And on Monday, Paxton, a Republican, also initiated a settlement between San Antonio and Chick-fil-A.
“This is a victory for religious freedom in Texas and I strongly commend the FAA and the City of San Antonio for reaching this resolution,” Paxton said in a statement. “Excluding a respected seller based on religious beliefs is contrary to tolerance and inconsistent with the Constitution, Texas law, and Texas values.”
The FAA did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
A spokesperson for the city told San Antonio TV station KSAT, “The city itself offered to informally turn the FAA investigation into a publicly transformative policy of Chick-Film-A,” the city said by the San Antonio TV station Told the KSAT. It discriminates with Chick-fil-A. “
Groups opposing same-sex marriage to Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A have faced opposition elsewhere over their donations of millions of dollars.
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