Chick-fil-A is calling it quits in their game of chicken with the city of San Antonio. The fast food chicken chain with a history of donations to anti-LGBTQ+ groups and causes announced they will not open a restaurant at the city’s airport. The city had earlier come to an agreement with the hate enabling company to permit an airport storefront, but Chick-fil-A opted against moving forward after extensive outcry from the public.
“We are always evaluating potential new locations in the hopes of serving existing and new customers great food with remarkable service,” Chick-fil-A said in a statement. “While we are not pursuing a location in the San Antonio airport at this time, we are grateful for the opportunity to serve San Antonians in our 32 existing restaurants.”
Last year, San Antonio City Councilman Roberto Treviño introduced an amendment to the Food, Beverage and Retail Prime Concession Agreement for the airport that called for the ban on Chick-fil-A from space. The amendment passed by a vote of 6 to 4.
“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 at the time. “Everyone has a place here, and everyone should feel welcome when they walk through our airport.”
Both the State of Texas and the Federal Aviation Administration soon became involved in the dispute. Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill last year in defense of the eatery. The FAA later launched an investigation into possible discrimination against the fast-food chain. An eventual agreement between the parties allowed Chick-fil-A to open a restaurant at the airport.
The chain has in the past donated millions of dollars to anti-LGBTQ+ Christian organizations like the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), although the company later said it will no longer send money to those organizations.