Six members of the San Antonio City Council dismissed requests of inclusion for the popular fast-food chain, Chick-fil-A, from entering the new food and concession area of the San Antonio Airport. The city council banned the fast food giant because of the company’s alleged, “legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.”
The new Food, Beverage and Retail Prime Concession Agreement, inside the San Antonio Airport currently operates under a seven year contract agreement. The new area is estimated to generate $2.1 million in revenue this year. The council passed approval for multiple food and coffee shops, like, Smoke Shack and Local Coffee. Via Fox News.
Chick-fil-A was generated as an option for the new food and dining areas, but city council unanimously denied those requests. Choosing to ban the fast food resturant from opperating on the airports premisis.
“With this decision, the City Council reaffirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion," Councilman Roberto Treviño said of the vote, as per News 4 San Antonio. "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," he continued.
Interesting enough, the day before city council casted votes, Think Progress released tax documents showing the Chick-fil-A Foundation gave over $1.8 million in charitable donations to groups that have been previously criticized for their beliefs on LGBTQ issues. Reported Fox News
The majority of the money donated by the Chick-fil-A Foundation, was given to one organization in particular. Specifically, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes received $1.65 million, out of the $1.8 million total. The Christian group remains rooted deep within their faith and beliefs, because of this, the group receives constant backlash from the LQBTQ community, and other liberal groups.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Chick-fil-A have remained clear and consistent with their beliefs, never changing or flip flopping over time. On the FCA website they include an online “Statement of Faith” saying that it believes “marriage is exclusively the union of one man and one woman,” and believes “sexual intimacy” should only be expressed “within that context,” CBS News reports.
Representatives for Chick-fil-A released a statement following the decision to ban the chain from the San Antonio Airport.
“The press release issued by Councilmember Treviño was the first we heard of his motion and its approval by the San Antonio City Council. We agree with him that everyone is and should feel welcome at Chick-fil-A,” the rep said. “We have a fundamental code of conduct at Chick-fil-A: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
“The 140,000 people who serve customers in our restaurants on a daily basis represent and embrace all people, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity,” they continued. “Our intent is to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.”
“We would still welcome the opportunity to have a thoughtful dialogue with the city council and plan to reach out to them. It’s unfortunate that mischaracterizations of our brand have led to decisions like this,” the rep concluded. “The sole focus of the Chick-fil-A Foundation is to support causes focused on youth and education. We are proud of the positive impact we are making in communities across America and have been transparent about our giving on our web site.” The Chick-fil-A rep. said.
The latest pushback on the fast-food mogul, marks the second time the company has been banned from opening a new location this year. Chick-fil-A continues to receive immense amounts of unfair backlash due to the company’s alleged stance on the LGBTQ community.