Chick-fil-A was once again banned from an airport concession project over the popular fast food chicken chain’s support for groups that hold conservative views on homosexuality and same-sex marriage.
A plan to open a new Chick-fil-A at Buffalo Niagara International Airport was canceled following an outcry from individuals including New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan.
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority confirmed last Friday to local media that they had reversed course and that Chick-fil-A will not be part of the food court project any longer.
“A publicly financed facility like the Buffalo Niagara International Airport is not the appropriate venue for a Chick-fil-A restaurant. I applaud the decision that has been made to remove Chick-fil-A from the plans for this project,” stated Ryan last week, as reported by WGRZ.
“We hope in the future the NFTA will make every effort to contract with businesses that adhere to anti-discriminatory policies, and we’re confident another vendor who better represents the values of the Western New York community will replace Chick-fil-A as a part of this project in the very near future.”
In response to the news, the chicken sandwich company released a statement denouncing the “inaccurate narrative” being advanced about them.
“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,” stated Chick-fil-A, as reported by WGRZ.
“We embrace all people, regardless of religion, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.”
NFTA’s decision about the Buffalo airport came days after city council for San Antonio, Texas, voted 6-4 to remove Chick-fil-A from a project at their airport.
As with the Buffalo airport, the key issue was Chick-fil-A’s connections to conservative Christian nonprofits and CEO Dan Cathy’s stated opposition to same-sex marriage.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski