Chick-fil-A’s love for controversy has seemingly rubbed a lot of San Antonio City Council members the wrong way as they voted to exclude the restaurant from its airport. Notably, the controversy stems from the apparent anti-LGBTQ stance taken by the company’s senior management.
Chick-fil-A excluded from the select brand names slated for Terminal A
Recently, six council members voted against the inclusion of Chick-fil-A at the city’s airport citing evidence of anti-LGBTQ sentiment. In a previous agreement, the council agreed to let a number of local brands begin operations at Terminal A of San Antonio International Airport. Notably, Paradies Lagardere had a contract from the city council to facilitate the operation.
Some of the brands that were to be included in the contract were local Coffee, Smoke Shack, Sip, Boss Bagels and Coffee and The Luxury. Interestingly, Chick-fil-A was initially on the list, but the vote now bans the restaurant from the premises. The contract allows Paradies Lagardere to manage and run the concessions for seven years along with a possible extension for three more years.
Chick-fil-A had initially replaced Panda Express on the list due to its popularity in the city. The staff behind the recommendations thought Chick-fil-A would attract more foot traffic than Panda Express. However, things seemed to go astray for Chick-fil-A after a report linked the restaurant to groups that are anti-LGBTQ.
Chick-fil-A refutes the anti-LGBTQ label
In the report, ThinkProgress wrote that the restaurant gave donations to groups that campaign against LGBTQ. Notably, the report cited tax documents which showed that Chick-fil-A donated a substantial sum of money to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Paul Anderson Youth Home. In particular, the documents revealed that the former received $1,653,416 while the latter received $6,000 from the restaurant.
According to the report, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes predicates its mission on sexual purity as espoused by biblical teachings. In particular, employees must demonstrate their understanding and adherence to teachings on “sexual sin” before their application is considered. On the other hand, Paul Anderson Youth Home insists in its teachings that homosexuality is sinful and that same-sex relations negate the intentions of God.
Nevertheless, Chick-fil-A said in a press release that their donations hold neither a social nor political agenda but rather reflect a genuine need to “have a positive influence on our communities by donating to programs that benefit youth and education and are welcoming to all.”