Texas lawmaker says Chick-fil-A has a fundamental right to have a store in every airport
Added 05-14-19 09:59:01am EST - “"You can't argue with Chick-fil-A's food and I don't think you should be able to argue with the organizations that [it] chooses to support either."” - Thinkprogress.org
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Texas state Rep. Jeff Leach (R) said Tuesday that lawmakers had an obligation to ensure Chick-fil-A was able to have stores in every airport across the country.
His comments come one day after the Republican-controlled Texas state Senate revived a bill that would prevent local governments from impeding Chick-fil-A and other companies based on their religious beliefs, moral convictions, and anti-LGBTQ views.
“People love Chick-fil-A. You can’t argue with Chick-fil-A’s food and I don’t think you should be able to argue with the organizations that Chick-fil-A chooses to support either,” Leach said, speaking with Fox & Friends.
He continued, “It’s our obligation as policymakers, as lawmakers, is to protect that right of Chick-fil-A to do that and to protect their right to exist and to have an establishment in any airport, in any city, in any community across the country.”
As ThinkProgress previously reported, Chick-fil-A has a long record of supporting anti-LGBTQ causes. Its foundation has given millions of dollars to tax-exempt groups that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, despite repeated promises from the company’s leadership to end such donations. The fast food chain is also one of the only major companies remaining in the United States that does not protect LGBTQ employees in its employment non-discrimination policy.
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