Ted Cruz, others, criticize City Council’s blatant discrimination against Chick-fil-A

The San Antonio City Council voted to ban Chick-Fil-A from the San Antonio International Airport, a move Sen. Ted Cruz says is “ridiculous.”

Chick-Fil-A serves fresh chicken sandwiches, meals and excellent service, its many patrons argue.

However, ThinkProgress advocated against the chicken chain arguing because it donated $1.8 million to groups that it believes “discriminate against the LGBTQ community” it shouldn’t be able to operate at the airport.

District 1 City Councilman Roberto Treviño filed a motion to approve the Food, Beverage and Retail Prime Concession Agreement with Paradies Lagardère.

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

Sen. Cruz said, however:

“This is the first we’ve heard of this. It’s disappointing,” Chick-fil-A said in a statement to News4 San Antonio. “We would have liked to have had a dialogue with the city council before this decision was made. We agree with Councilmember Treviño that everyone is and should feel welcome at Chick-fil-A. We plan to reach out to the city council to gain a better understanding of this decision.”

Texas Values, a nonprofit organization committed to faith, family and freedom, said the vote discriminates against a Christian businesses.

“Local governments targeting and banning private Christian businesses like Chick-Fil-A is a hostility to religion that Texans will not stand for,” the organization said. “I thought Texas was ‘open for business.’ I guess that applies everywhere in Texas except for San Antonio, where the government demands that you renounce your religious beliefs.”

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