Yet another airport has banned Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant due to the Christian company's alleged "anti-LGBTQ" views.
The development comes just one week after San Antonio, Texas, made national headlines for a similar decision. The San Antonio City Council blocked Chick-fil-A from operating at its airport, claiming the city does "not have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior."
What are the details?
On Thursday, Delaware North, the hospitality company that manages food operations at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority approved tentative plans to allow a Chick-fil-A restaurant to open at the airport, according to New York Upstate.
But the plan was met with immediate opposition from progressive lawmakers who claim Chick-fil-A is a discriminatory organization, despite the company's continual re-affirmation that it, in fact, does not discriminate against any customer, even those who identify with the LGBT community.
After NFTA's decision, New York Assemblyman Sean Ryan (D) released a statement blasting the NTFA for doing business "with corporations who fund hateful and divisive groups."
I don't believe the leadership of the NFTA intends to help spread hate and discrimination, but allowing a corporation like Chick-fil-A to do business at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport will help to fund continued divisive anti-LGBTQ rhetoric. New York is a welcoming state that celebrates diversity.
The views of Chick-fil-A do not represent our state or the Western New York community, and businesses that support discrimination have no place operating in taxpayer-funded public facilities.
I'm disappointed in the @NFTA decision to bring a Chick-fil-A to the @BUFAirport. https://t.co/zP0oIUOz3q— Assemblyman Sean Ryan (@Assemblyman Sean Ryan)1553822441.0
On Friday, Ryan announced via Twitter that Chick-fil-A would not be allowed to operate a location at the Buffalo airport.
"I applaud the decision that has been made to remove Chick-fil-A from plans for the Buffalo Niagara International Airport," he said. "We hope in the future the NFTA will make every effort to contract with businesses that adhere to anti-discrimination policies."
The NFTA confirmed the development to local media outlet WKBW-TV. The Chick-fil-A was slated to open in the fall of 2019.
What did Chick-fil-A say?
The company told WKBW: "Recent coverage about Chick-fil-A continues to drive an inaccurate narrative about our brand. We do not have a political or social agenda or discriminate against any group. More than 145,000 people from different backgrounds and beliefs represent the Chick-fil-A brand. We embrace all people, regardless of religion, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity."
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