Texas Attorney General Sues City of San Antonio for Withholding Documents from Investigation Into Chick-fil-A Airport Ban

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against San Antonio to make them comply with an investigation into whether the city’s recent decision to ban Chick-fil-A from an airport constituted religious bigotry.

Submitted Monday in the District Court for Travis County, the lawsuit accuses the city of withholding documents such as emails from the Attorney General’s investigation, in violation of the Texas Public Information Act.

“The public has an interest in the information,” the lawsuit states. “The information sought by the Attorney General relates to the City of San Antonio’s decision to exclude Chick-fil-A from a public contract because of the sincerely held religious beliefs of its owners, and despite the fact that Chick-fil-A has a long and undisputed track record of serving its customers without bias or discrimination.”

“If the City prevails here, then the public would be precluded from ever requesting any information whenever a government actor says that there may be a legal dispute at some point. This would, in practice, effectively eliminate the Public Information Act by creating an unlimited exception.”

In a statement released Monday, Paxton argued that San Antonio’s refusal to comply with his Public Information Act request “only highlights its fear about allowing any sunshine on the religious bigotry that animated its decision.”

San Antonio City Attorney Andy Segovia denounced Paxton’s overall investigation in a statement published by the Austin American-Statesman on Monday.

“It is clear from the strident comments in his press release that any ‘investigation’ would be a pretense to justify his own conclusions,” stated Segovia.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski