Texas Attorney General investigating San Antonio’s Chick-fil-A ban


SAN ANTONIO, Texas (KXAN) — The Texas Attorney General is investigating after San Antonio council members voted to block the company from coming to its airport. 

“The Constitution’s protection of religious liberty is somehow even better than Chick-fil-A’s chicken,” Attorney General Ken Paxton wrote in a letter to San Antonio’s mayor and council. “Unfortunately, I have serious concerns that both are under assault at the San Antonio airport.”

Last week the council voted 6-4, with one person abstaining, on a concessions agreement for the San Antonio International Airport, which is a seven-year contract for vendors in the airport. Council member Roberto Treviño motioned to not include the fast food chain, citing a ThinkProgress report that said the company had donated to groups with policies that discriminate against those who are LGBTQ.

Paxton said he also requested U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao open an investigation.

“The City of San Antonio’s decision to exclude a respected vendor based on the religious beliefs associated with that company and its owners is the opposite of tolerance,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The city’s discriminatory decision is not only out of step with Texas values, but inconsistent with the Constitution and Texas law.”

According to Paxton, Chick-fil-A had agreed to abide by San Antonio’s nondiscrimination rules.

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