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Chick-fil-A Banned From Second Airport Over The Company's Alleged Support Of Anti-LGBTQ Organizations

One week after getting banned at a Texas airport, Chick-fil-A has now been blocked from placing its chicken restaurant in the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

While the fast-food chicken restaurant had already been approved by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) and hospitality management company Delaware North, a local assemblyman did his part to stop any future plans.

New York Assemblyman Sean Ryan slammed the NFTA on Twitter, saying it was “disappointing” the airport would allow a restaurant that “has a long history of supporting and funding anti-LGBTQ organizations.”

"I strongly urge the NFTA to reverse this decision,” Ryan wrote. "I don’t believe the leadership of the NFTA intends to help spread hate and discrimination, but allowing a corporation like Chick-fil-A to do business at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport will help to fund continued divisive anti-LGBTQ rhetoric. New York is a welcoming state that celebrates diversity.”

The Democratic lawmaker continued, saying, “We hope in the future the NFTA will make every effort to contract with businesses that adhere to anti-discrimination 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”

A spokesperson from Chick-fil-A told WKBW that recent news about the company was “inaccurate,” and that they “embrace all people,” according to Fox News.

“Recent coverage about Chick-fil-A continues to drive an inaccurate narrative about our brand. We do not have a political or social agenda or discriminate against any group. More than 145,000 people from different backgrounds and beliefs represent the Chick-fil-A brand,” the spokesperson said. “We embrace all people, regardless of religion, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Last week, the San Antonio City Council rejected the opening of a Chick-fil-A franchise inside the San Antonio International Airport. The rejection passed by a 6-4 vote in the Alamo city’s council, according to Daily Wire.

The office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has launched an investigation into the San Antonio council’s decision, calling it "discriminatory" and "inconsistent with the Constitution and Texas law,” according to CNN.

"The Constitution's protection of religious liberty is somehow even better than Chick-fil-A's chicken," Paxton wrote to the San Antonio City Council on Thursday.

Chick-fil-A first came under fire in 2012 when Dan Cathy, its president and COO, ignited nationwide protests against the company after expressing views that marriage should be "between a man and a woman."

"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,'" Cathy said. "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."

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