Chick-fil-A Banned From Buffalo Airport Over Anti-LGBTQ Donations

This is the second airport in two weeks to ban the fast food chain.

Chick-fil-A continues to take a financial hit from its donations to anti-LGBTQ organizations, with another airport deciding to keep the restaurant from opening shop in its terminals. Only last week, it was blocked from the San Antonio airport for the same reason. Now it will be kept from doing business in the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Travel hospitality services company Delaware North Cos. put a stop to the planned opening of the fast food chain on Friday, announced not even 24 hours previously by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA), The Buffalo News reports.

Assembly Sean Ryan objected to the plan, saying the NFTA, as a state entity, should not be “doing businesses with corporations who fund hateful and divisive groups.” Ryan also noted New York has a state-funded travel ban in place for North Carolina, due to HB142, the anti-LGBTQ law that replaced HB2.

Ryan announced the NFTA’s decision to reverse course on the restaurant’s opening in the airport, and again said he hoped in future businesses would be more carefully chosen based on their reputation concerning civil rights.

“We hope in the future the NFTA will make every effort to contract with businesses that adhere to anti-discriminatory policies, and we’re confident another vendor who better represents the values of the Western New York community will replace Chick-fil-A as a part of this project in the very near future,” he said.

The NFTA confirmed the news, with a spokesperson only willing to say it was working to identify another concession choice for the airport.

The earlier decision by the San Antonio City Council to nix Chick-fil-A has brought about an investigation by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who also called on U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to open a federal investigation, arguing it is a violation of religious liberty.

According to its most recent tax filings, Chick-fil-A donated $1.8 million to three anti-LGBTQ organizations in 2017, despite previous claims it would cease all such giving.

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