"If you thought we were bluffing, now you know we're not." That's what an attorney is telling the San Antonio City Council following the filing of a lawsuit in a case involving Chick-fil-A.
One week ago, five residents of the Alamo City filed a lawsuit against the San Antonio City Council based on a new state law known as the Save Chick-fil-A religious freedom law. Jonathan Saenz, president and attorney of Texas Values, explains the impact of the law.
"This law makes it clear that the government cannot punish people – including organizations, businesses, and individuals – for donations that they make to Christian charities … and that's exactly what the San Antonio City Council did," he tells OneNewsNow.
"They banned Chick-fil-A from operating at the San Antonio Airport because of donations that Chick-fil-A made to Christian ministries like The Salvation Army."
Chick-fil-A's donations to Fellowship of Christian Athletes were also made an issue by some city council members. The council members argued that the two groups have a history of being anti-LGBTQ.
"The law allows any individual though to bring suit, [so] it's not necessary for Chick-fil-A to file the lawsuit," Saenz continues.
The lawsuit specifically asks that the airport space reserved for the restaurant in the original agreement not be given to any other vendor. "Any other vendor that tries to replace Chick-fil-A at the airport will be doing so under a major cloud of long and costly litigation with the city," Saenz adds in a statement.
The Office of Attorney General Ken Paxton (R-Texas) opened an investigation in March. The U.S. Department of Transportation began its own probe in May.