'Save Chick-fil-A Bill' Signed in Texas

by Sam Cronin

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday June 12, 2019

Chick-fil-A and Texas have had a strange relationship over the last several months. In March, San Antonio banned the franchise from opening a new location in an airport. In May, however, Texas governor Greg Abbott proposed a bill that "prohibits the government from taking 'adverse action' against any individuals or businesses based on membership, support or donations to religious groups," according to CNN. That bill, nicknamed the "Save Chick-fil-A Bill" has just been signed today. Supporters argue it provides religious protections to the company, and detractors say it will allow them to continue supporting anti-LGBT causes.

The controversy around Chick-fil-A and its foundation's donations to organizations which discriminate against the LGBT community has been swirling since 2012 when tax filings were analyzed, showing support for numerous anti-gay organizations.

According to Vox, in 2017 three main problematic organizations still received donations from Chick-fil-A's foundation, despite claims in 2012 that they would stop donating to anti-gay organizations.

"That year, Chick-fil-A's charitable arm gave $1,653,416 to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a religious organization that requires its employees to refrain from 'homosexual acts'; $150,000 to the Salvation Army, which has been accused of anti-LGBTQ discrimination and advocacy for years and whose media relations director once claimed gay people 'deserve death'; and $6,000 to the Paul Anderson Youth Home, a Christian residential home that teaches young boys that same-sex marriage is a 'rage against Jesus Christ and His values,'" Vox reported.

The new bill may impact the investigation into the San Antonio airport's banning Chick-fil-A, and could signal a serious blow to the LGBTQ caucus which supported the ban and argues the company will legally be allowed to discriminate against some customers now.

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