Another airport in the United States has banned a Chick-fil-A location from opening. This time it’s Buffalo Niagara International Airport in New York.
The airport ban of the fast-food chain, known for its anti-LGBTI stances and record, began with San Antonio. The city council voted agains the opening of the restaurant in their airport in March.
Delaware North, a food, hotel, and venue management company, scrapped their plans for a Chick-fil-A in the Buffalo airport following protests.
Democratic Assemblyman Sean M. Ryan led the protests with an impassioned Twitter statement, in which he appealed to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA).
— Assemblyman Sean Ryan (@SeanMRyan149) March 29, 2019
‘As a state entity, the NFTA has a responsibilty to avoid doing business with corporations who fund hateful and divisive groups,’ he wrote.
‘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.’
Ryan also noted New York’s current ban on state-funded travel to North Carolina due to their anti-transgender legislation, and asked the NFTA to reverse the decision.
NFTA spokesperson Helen Tederous confirmed the agency did reverse the decision and are now working with Delaware North to come up with an alternative.
The fight goes on
The company has a vast anti-LGBTI record throughout its history.
Previously, the company has donated to anti-LGBTI groups and causes. In 2010, COO Dan Cathy said the company is against marriage equality and operates on ‘biblical principles’.
Most recently, 2017 tax filings showed the company was still donating to anti-LGBTI organizations.
Similar to the San Antonio decision, the company is hitting back against Buffalo airport.
‘We do not have a political or social agenda or discriminate against any group,’ they said in a statement. ‘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.’
As more and more places continue to ban the chain, including a college campus, pushback is also developing.
In San Antonio, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is investigating the airport’s ban. He argued the city council’s vote was ‘inconsistent with the Constitution and Texas law’.