Chick-fil-A has been banned from opening up a new location at the San Antonio International Airport.
On Thursday, the San Antonio City Council approved a seven-year concessions agreement for new restaurants and businesses in Terminal A of the Texas airport with Paradies Lagardère, a travel retailer and restaurateur that works with more than 100 airports.
Chick-fil-A was initially in the plans, but council members amended the plans to exclude the chicken restaurant, with some citing concerns with its record on LGBTQ issues. The amendment was approved by a 6-4 vote.
Councilman Roberto Treviño said in a statement after the vote that, with the decision, the council “reaffirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion.”
“San Antonio is a city full of compassion, and we do not have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior,” Treviño said in the statement. “Everyone has a place here, and everyone should feel welcome when they walk through our airport.”
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A said in a statement to USA TODAY that “the press release issued by the councilmember was the first we heard of his motion and its approval by the San Antonio City Council.”
“We wish we had the opportunity to clarify misperceptions about our company prior to the vote. We agree with the councilmember that everyone should feel welcome at Chick-fil-A,” the company said in the statement. “In fact, we have welcomed everyone in San Antonio into our 32 local stores for more than 40 years.”
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SOURCE: USA Today, Kelly Tyko