Chick-fil-A Blocked From San Antonio Airport by City Council Over 'Anti-LGBTQ Behavior'

Ferlon Webster Jr. | March 22, 2019
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Chick-fil-A continues to reign supreme even after they’ve faced opponent after opponent in the fast-food business ring.

The opponents I’m speaking of aren’t other fast-food chains. They're people who oppose the restaurant because of its owner's biblically-held beliefs.

Who is it this time? It’s the San Antonio City Council.

Chick-fil-A was looking to have a site at the San Antonio International Airport but because of their alleged “legacy of anti-LGBTQ” behavior," they won’t be getting a shot at expanding their chain there.

On Thursday, the city council approved a seven-year "Food, Beverage, and Retail Prime Concession Agreement" that is projected to generate $2.1 million in revenue for the the city. Restaurants like Boss Bagels and Coffee, Smoke Shack, and The Luxury were approved but the best fast-food chain in the country — Chick-fil-A — was not, according to KTSA

“With this decision, the City Council reaffirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion,” city councilman Roberto Treviño said. “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,” Treviño continued. “I look forward to the announcement of a suitable replacement.”

Feel welcome? A suitable replacement?

If you can’t feel welcomed at -- or nearby -- a place like Chick-fil-A then what the heck is wrong with you? They’re like the nicest fast food workers you can meet.

There goes another group of people spouting a false narrative about Chick-fil-A. Just because someone upholds biblical values does not mean they hate people who don’t hold their beliefs. 

The decision was reportedly spurn by a report by liberal website "Think Progress" on Chick-fil-A's 2017 donations. 

The fast-food chain released a statement to Fox News addressing the city council’s decision:

'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.

Despite these Texan politicians' decision, I’m sure Chick-fil-A will be just fine. The only people that they'll be hurting are the ones who are going to be craving a spicy chicken sandwich with a side of waffle fries in the San Antonio airport — and that’s not a good thing.