Last week, the San Antonio City Council agreed 6-4 to exclude Chick-fil-A from the airport’s food and retail contract.
“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,” said District 1 City Councilman Robert Treviño according to the Washington Times.
Chick-fil-A had not heard about the motion until after the contract’s approval. “We agree with [councilmember Treviño] that everyone is and should feel welcome at Chick-fil-A,” the company said in a statement to Fox News. “We have a fundamental code of conduct at Chick-fil-A: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. We would still welcome the opportunity to have a thoughtful dialogue with the city council and plan to reach out to them.”
Ted Cruz fired back at the council member with a Tweet that called the motion “ridiculous”, according to the Houston Chronicle. "San Antonio City Council voted to ban @ChickfilA from the airport bc the company gave to...the Fellowship of Christian Athletes & the Salvation Army?!?” the tweet continued.
The details of this story are even worse. San Antonio City Council voted to ban @ChickfilA from the airport bc the company gave to...the Fellowship of Christian Athletes & the Salvation Army?!? That’s ridiculous. And not Texas. #LeftistIntolerance https://t.co/ApTnlpS2E0— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 23, 2019
Earlier this month, ThinkProgress, an American news site, released a report saying, “the Chick-fil-A Foundation gave more than $1.8 million to a trio of groups with a record of anti-LGBTQ discrimination.” These groups were the Salvation Army, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Paul Anderson Youth Home.
WPTV reported that Rider University, a private university in New Jersey, was also sucked into the controversy when they rejected a Chick-fil-A on campus, despite the majority of the student body’s request.
A statement from the school said, “Chick-fil-A was removed as one of the options based on the company's record widely perceived to be in opposition to the LGBTQ+ community.”
It continued, “We understand that some may view the decision as being just another form of exclusion. We want to be clear that this was not the spirit in which the decision was made. We fully acknowledge an organization’s right to hold these beliefs, just as we acknowledge the right for individuals in our community and elsewhere to also personally hold the same beliefs.”
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Mikaela Mathews is a freelance writer and editor based in Dallas, TX. She was the editor of a local magazine and a contributing writer for the Galveston Daily News and Spirit Magazine.