Sunday, May 26, 2019


Federal investigation launched into San Antonio's Chick-Fil-A ban

Fox San Antonio
May 24, 2019

SAN ANTONIO — The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) revealed Friday that it is investigating the San Antonio City Council’s decision to ban Chick-fil-A from the airport. This after receiving multiple complaints alleging discrimination by two airport operators against a private company due to the expression of the owner’s religious beliefs.

“FAA’s Office of Civil Rights has notified the San Antonio International Airport (SAT) and Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) that it has opened investigations into these complaints,” a Department of Transportation spokesperson said in a statement.

Federal requirements prohibit airport operators from excluding persons on the basis of religious creed from participating in airport activities that receive or benefit from FAA grant funding.

The San Antonio City Council voted to stop Chick-fil-A from opening a location in the airport, complaining that the franchise donates to Christian groups including the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Some council members said they were taking a stand over the fast-food company's values. Councilmember Roberto Trevino said in March that the city does "not have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior."

Meanwhile, the "Save Chick-fil-A bill" is headed for Gov. Greg Abbott's expected signature.

"What are the odds I'll sign the Chick-fil-A bill? I'll let you know after dinner," Abbott tweeted with a photo of a Chick-fil-A sandwich, waffle potato fries and beverage as the bill was awaiting its last legislative vote.

The proposed law is designed to prevent discrimination based on a person's religious beliefs and conscience, including biblically based views of marriage.

1 comment:

bob walsh said...

My beef with them, in that environment, would be closing the shop on Sunday. If there are other vendors available, that's cool. If not, the contract should require seven days a week operation for the benefit of the traveling public, who are something of a captive market.