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Don’t mess with the Gospel Bird and don’t mess with Texas!
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has launched a formal investigation of the San Antonio City Council after they banned Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant in the international airport.
City leaders accused the Atlanta-based restaurant chain of donating to groups like the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes – respected organizations deemed anti-gay by critics.
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“The City of San Antonio’s decision to exclude a respected vendor based on the religious beliefs associated with that company and its owners is the opposite of tolerance,” Paxton said in a Facebook statement. “The city’s discriminatory decision is not only out of step with Texas values, but inconsistent with the Constitution and Texas law.”
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City Councilman Roberto C. Treviño led the charge to block Chick-fil-A from opening a franchise in the airport. He accused the company of having a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.
“With this decision, the City Council reaffirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion,” Treviño said in a statement. “San Antonio is a city full of compassion, and we don’t have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.”
Councilman Manny Peláez described Chick-fil-A as a “symbol of hate” because it has donated to religious charities that he considered to oppose LGBTQ rights.
To be clear, Chick-fil-A has never been accused of discriminating against gay employees or gay customers. They treat everyone equally. And just because someone supports traditional marriage does not make that person a homophobic bigot.
“We like our Chick-fil-A in Texas,” first assistant attorney general Jeff Mateer said on the Todd Starnes Radio Show. “Even more important than Chick-fil-A is religious liberty.”
Mateer said the investigation will focus on whether Chick-fil-A was discriminated against by the city of San Antonio.
“The decision made by the city council was motivated by religious hostility toward Chick-fil-A and specifically the leadership of Chick-fil-A,” he said.
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