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Want Chick-fil-A While You Fly? It Might Not Be There
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Chick-fil-A, a favorite among chicken sandwich aficionados, has been banned from opening in two major airports – the Buffalo Niagara International Airport in New York and the San Antonio International Airport – because of its “legacy of anti-LGBT behavior.”
The company made huge waves across the restaurant industry in 2012, when news broke that the company donated money to organizations that oppose same-sex marriage – and the company lost a lot of business. The Georgia-based fast-food chain, open since 1967, is notably Christian; all of its locations close on Sundays.
Dan Cathy, president and chief operating officer of the company, gave an interview in which he said, “We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit … we intend to stay the course. We know that it might not be popular with everyone.” On a later appearance on the Ken Coleman talk show, Cathy said, “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say ‘we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage’ and I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”
Public reaction was swift – and harsh. It led Chick-fil-A to issue a statement saying that the company would “leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”
But the interviews had already set off a chain of events. The Jim Henson Company severed its partnership with Chick-fil-A to supply toys for the company’s kids’ meals, and then-Boston Mayor Thomas Menino urged the company to reconsider opening a location in his city.
By 2019, though, it seemed as though the restaurant’s transgressions were forgiven – until ThinkProgress released the Chick-fil-A Foundation’s 2017 tax filings in February. The documents show that the restaurant’s charitable arm donated $1.8 million to anti-LGBTQ groups that year, including one that bars employees from participating in homosexual acts.
What Do You Think?
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