San Antonio City Council voted to prevent a restaurant in the city airport from being opened on Thursday because of the company's alleged bias against LGBT rights.
The council voted 6-4 to exclude Chick-fil-a from the general restaurant and concession space run by the Atlanta airport concessionaire Paradies Lagardère. Chick-film has been accused of anti-LGBT behavior for years. CEO Dan Cathy first condemned LGBT groups in 2012 when he said he supported the "biblical definition of the family unit" – a marriage only between a man and a woman.
The Paradies Lagardère agreement is for a 10,000-square-meter concession space, not only a Chick-Film, but also a smoky shack, a San Antonio Spores retail store, and a café and bar. The bird-film would replace Raising Cane's, as well as the chicken restaurants chain.
The Chick-Film had to fill only 658 square meters of the deal, according to the agreement.
The Chick-Film would pay $ 366,507 a year to rent the city as part of a 2,165-million-dollar annual rent from the company, according to the agreement with the concessionaire. The Chick would also pay 10% of the annual gross revenue in the city.
The Leasing would begin on January 1, 2020.
"With this decision, the City Council confirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion," Councilor 1, Roberto Trevino, who voted against Chick -fil-a, a statement said on Friday. "San Antonio is a city full of compassion and we have no place in our public facilities for legacy business from anti-LGBTQ behavior.
"Everybody has a place here and everyone should feel welcome when it comes through our airport," he continued. "I look forward to the announcement of an appropriate substitution from Paradies."
"This is the first thing we've heard about, and that's disappointing," the statement said. "We would like to have a dialogue with the city council before we make this decision. We agree with a member of the Treviño Council that everyone is and should feel welcome in Chick-fil-A. better understanding of this solution. "
This week, ThinkProgress reported that Chick-fil-a has donated $ 1.8 million to conservative groups advocating homosexuality, particularly in the Christian athletes' scholarship, in the new tax returns for 2017.
Chick-fil-a, founded in 1946 by Cathy's father, S. Truett Cathy, manages more than 2000 restaurants across the country.