Chick-fil-A does not have a place in San Antonio International Airport because of what the city council calls the restaurant's "legacy of anti-LGBTQ" behaviors.
What are the details?
The San Antonio City Council rejected a potential Chick-fil-A site at the airport on Thursday.
According to KTSA-FM, the latest Food, Beverage, and Retail Prime Concession Agreement — a seven-year contract — is set to generate more than $2 million for the Texas city. Though other restaurants and retail spaces were approved, Chick-fil-A, which was proposed, was struck down.
Councilman Robert Treviño told the station that the council made the decision based on inclusivity.
"With this decision, the City Council reaffirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion," he said. "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," he added, "and everyone should feel welcome when they walk through our airport."
Earlier this week, Think Progress published reports revealing the company's tax documents, which revealed that the business' foundation donated more than $1.8 million to organizations considered "controversial" because of their stances on biblical marriage. The organizations included the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army, which have come under scrutiny regarding their stance on LGBTQ issues.
Chick-fil-A issued a response after the reports were released, condemning the spread of untruthful and biased reporting.
What did the restaurant say?
A restaurant representative expressed their disappointment in the decision in a statement provided to Fox News.
"The press release issued by Council Member Treviño was the first we heard of his motion and its approval by the San Antonio City Council," the spokesperson said. "We agree with him that everyone is and should feel welcome at Chick-fil-A. We have a fundamental code of conduct at Chick-fil-A: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
The statement explained that the restaurant embraces all people from all walks of life.
“The 140,000 people who serve customers in our restaurants on a daily basis represent and embrace all people, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity," the statement noted. "Our intent is to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A."
The restaurant concluded its statement by extending a diplomatic offer to the city council.
“We would still welcome the opportunity to have a thoughtful dialogue with the city council and plan to reach out to them. It's unfortunate that mischaracterizations of our brand have led to decisions like this," the statement concluded. "The sole focus of the Chick-fil-A Foundation is to support causes focused on youth and education. We are proud of the positive impact we are making in communities across America and have been transparent about our giving on our website."