Over the last few years, Chick-fil-A has seen their public image take some serious hits, after news broke that they heavily supported anti-LGBT organizations. While the company has previously said they would stop donating money to any organization that was against the LGBT community, a new report released by “ThinkProgress” has proven that the fast food chain has continued their support of these groups.
However, it seems that this decision has come back to bite them, as “Delish” reports that they have been denied the opportunity to open a new location in San Antonio, Texas. It seems that the fast food restaurant applied for a location in Terminal A of the San Antonio airport. When the city council decided to sign the seven-year contract with Paradies Lagardère, a national travel retailer that would bring a number of restaurants to the airport, they had one stipulation. Apparently the City Council decided that they would not allow a new Chick-fil-A location in the airport.
In a statement from Roberto Treviño a Councilman on the board, he explained that, “with this decision, the City Council reaffirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion.” The Councilman said that the city of San Antonio is one of compassion, which means that they do not have any room for companies that choose to have a “legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.”
After the news broke, Chick-fil-A issued a statement through “People Magazine.” According to the restaurant chain, the first time they heard about the decision was in the news and once a statement had already been issued by the City Council. Chick-fil-A said they wished they had been given an opportunity to clear up any misconceptions about the chain prior to a decision being made. The chain concluded their statement by saying that they agree with the council that everyone should be welcome, particularly at Chick-fil-A.
Although the restaurant chain might be claiming that they welcome all people in their locations, that does not mean the company followed through on their promise to stop donating money to anti-LGBT organizations. In fact, according to their 2017 tax filings, they donated almost $2 million to three different organizations which have vocally opposed the LGBT community.
Among the companies that Chick-fil-A has continued to support are the Paul Anderson Youth Home, Salvation Army, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, all of which have publicly voiced their opposition of LGBT people. One might wonder if the fast food retailer was unaware of these three companies’ stance on the LGBT community. However, when one considers the fact that all of the drama over who Chick-fil-A supports began over the brand’s own history of being against things like same-sex marriage, one might believe that the company is fully aware of who they are supporting.
Clearly San Antonio, Texas is taking a stance against intolerance, and in this case that stance means going up against Chick-fil-A and preventing them from opening a new retail location, at least in the city’s airport.
Written and edited by Kimberley Spinney
Delish – San Antonio Has Barred Chick-fil-A From Putting In A New Location
ThinkProgress – Chick-fil-A donated to anti-LGBTQ group that bars employees from ‘homosexual acts’
People Magazine – Chick-fil-A Blocked from San Antonio Airport Due to ‘Legacy of Anti-LGBTQ Behavior’
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