Chick-fil-A will not be one of the new restaurants at the San Antonio Airport. And unless something is done about it, an attorney says it could happen in other parts of Texas.
Chick-fil-A was initially included in plans for new restaurants and businesses at the San Antonio Airport, but that was changed after some council members raised concerns over what they call Chick-fil-A's anti-LGBTQ behavior.
Jonathan Saenz, president of Texas Values, disagrees with the decision and believes it was made purely because the owners of Chick-fil-A are Christian.
"The state of Texas is doing something on this issue," he adds. "There is a bill in the legislature, House Bill 1035, that would make it clear that the government cannot punish people because of their religious beliefs."
That would include the owners of business like Chick-fil-A.
"We shouldn't have to have these types of laws, but clearly we do," Saenz continues. "Otherwise you're going to have out-of-control rogue government officials like the city of San Antonio that are going to punish Christian businesses. And without specific protections, we're likely to see this happen in other parts of our state."
Chick-fil-A was surprised by the motion to exclude it from the airport. A spokesperson tells USA Today that it would like to discuss things further with city council members, adding that Chick-fil-A has welcomed everyone in San Antonio into its 32 local stores for more than 40 years.
So far, at least one San Antonio City Council member has issued an apology to Chick-fil-A.