Yet another airport has banned Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant due to the Christian company’s alleged “anti-LGBTQ” views.
The development comes just one week after San Antonio, Texas, made national headlines for a similar decision. The San Antonio City Council blocked Chick-fil-A from operating at its airport, claiming the city does “not have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.”
On Thursday, Delaware North, the hospitality company that manages food operations at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority approved tentative plans to allow a Chick-fil-A restaurant to open at the airport, according to New York Upstate.
But the plan was met with immediate opposition from progressive lawmakers who claim Chick-fil-A is a discriminatory organization, despite the company’s continual re-affirmation that it, in fact, does not discriminate against any customer, even those who identify with the LGBT community.
After NFTA’s decision, New York Assemblyman Sean Ryan (D) released a statement blasting the NTFA for doing business “with corporations who fund hateful and divisive groups.”
I don’t believe the leadership of the NFTA intends to help spread hate and discrimination, but allowing a corporation like Chick-fil-A to do business at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport will help to fund continued divisive anti-LGBTQ rhetoric. 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.
— Assemblyman Sean Ryan (@SeanMRyan149) March 29, 2019
On Friday, Ryan announced via Twitter that Chick-fil-A would not be allowed to operate a location at the Buffalo airport.
“I applaud the decision that has been made to remove Chick-fil-A from plans for the Buffalo Niagara International Airport,” he said. “We hope in the future the NFTA will make every effort to contract with businesses that adhere to anti-discrimination policies.”
The NFTA confirmed the development to local media outlet WKBW-TV. The Chick-fil-A was slated to open in the fall of 2019.
The company told WKBW: “Recent coverage about Chick-fil-A continues to drive an inaccurate narrative about our brand. 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. We embrace all people, regardless of religion, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.”