The city of San Antonio landed itself in hot water earlier this year over its March decision to effectively ban Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant at the city’s airport for the next seven years. The stated reason why was a report on the company’s 2017 charitable contributions to organizations characterized by the actvist left as “anti-gay.”
As outrage ensued, the FAA launched an investigation in May into the actions of the San Antonio city council. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against them in June over documents the state had requested but not received over the issue.
Now some Texas fans of the America’s favorite fast food chicken chain are filing a lawsuit of their own.
Fox News reports:
Five Texas fans of Chick-fil-A have filed a lawsuit against the city of San Antonio for its decision to ban the chicken-centric chain from opening up shop in the local airport. In March, city council officials rejected the restaurant’s bid to open a new location in San Antonio International Airport due to the company’s alleged “legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.”
On Sept. 5, plaintiffs Patrick Von Dohlen, Brian Greco, Kevin Jason Khattar, Michael Knuffke and Daniel Petri filed suit against the city under S.B. 1978, otherwise known as the “Save Chick-fil-A Bill.”
Supporters of the bill argue that the provision, signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in June, defends the fast-food restaurant and protects religious freedoms, while opponents say it discriminates against the LGBTQ community.
What does the lawsuit call for? To allow for Chick-fil-A to resume plans for a restaurant at the airport, and to take away the ability of the city council to do this to any other business on the same grounds in the future:
In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs pushed for the court to declare that the city of San Antonio “violated and continues to violate” the law by banning Chick-fil-A from the San Antonio airport and issue an injunction to block the city and airport shop operator Paradies Lagardère from banning the chain at the air hub in the future.
Furthermore, the plaintiffs also hope to issue another injunction to have a Chick-fil-A open at the airport and issue an order to stop the city from “taking any adverse action against Chick-fil-A or any other person or entity, which is based wholly or partly on that person or entity’s support for religious organizations that oppose homosexual behavior” and receive attorney’s fees and other relief.
Do the plaintiffs have a case? Stay tuned.
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