Chick-fil-A banned from San Antonio airport after anti-LGBTQ donations

Texas

SAN ANTONIO (KXAN) — A San Antonio councilman made a motion Thursday banning fast food chain Chick-fil-A from its airport after it was revealed that the company donated $1.8 million to groups that discriminate against the LGBTQ community.

According to News4SanAntonio, District 1 City Councilman Roberto Treviño motioned Thursday to approve a concessions agreement for the San Antonio International Airport — but the agreement excluded Chick-fil-A.

The revelations came to light on Wednesday when ThinkProgress released a report listing donations from the company’s 2017 tax filings. According to News4SanAntonio, the company donated up to $1.6 million to Christian organization The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, $6,000 to the Paul Anderson Youth Home and $150,000 to the Salvation Army.

In a statement, ThinkProgress said:

“The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a religious organization that seeks to spread an anti-LGBTQ message to college athletes and requires a strict “sexual purity” policy for its employees that bars any “homosexual acts.” Paul Anderson Youth Home, a “Christian residential home for trouble youth,” teaches boys that homosexuality is wrong and that same-sex marriage is “rage against Jesus Christ and His values.”

ThinkProgress also said that The Salvation Army has a long record of opposing legal protections for LGBTQ Americans. According to Chick-fil-A, the company’s foundation no longer supports the Paul Anderson Home as of June 2017.

All of this spurred Treviño to motion for the banning of the fast food chain, saying:

“With this decision, the City Council reaffirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion. 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”

In a statement Friday, State Sen. Donna Campbell, R-25th, released a statement opposing the decision to ban Chick-fil-A from their airport:

“San Antonio’s decision to ban Chick-Fil-A from the airport is out of step with American values and follows a dangerous trend of local governments using power to punish those who hold religious or political beliefs different from theirs. Free societies create room for diverse and dynamic opinions across the entire political spectrum. Authoritarians squelch them.”

The City of San Antonio’s concessions agreement is a seven-year contract — seven years that will shut out Chick-fil-A.

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