San Antonio International Airport is the latest in the string of several businesses to ban Chick-fil-A from its premises based on the assumption that the Atlanta-based chain has a “legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.”
The restaurant was brought up for consideration due to its healthy options and widespread popularity.
However, administrators of the San Antonio City Council rejected the potential placement of the fast-food chain in the airport on Thursday, alleging that Chick-fil-A is hostile toward the LGBTQ community.
The City Council was concerned that building a Chick-fil-A in the airport would make certain travelers feel “unwelcome.”
“With this decision, the City Council reaffirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion,” said City Councilman Robert Treviño. “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,” he added.
The controversy surrounding Chick-fil-A’s stance on homosexuality traces back to 2012 when CEO Dan Cathy expressed his traditional Christian view on marriage, that the lifelong union is to be between man and woman.
But contrary to the perception of a very loud minority, Chick-fil-A is actually inclusive and tolerant of people from all walks of life, regardless of sexual orientation. Despite their traditional values, they still aim to treat everyone with respect and kindness, as Jesus did.