City of San Antonio sued over Chick-fil-A ban at SAT airport

San Antonio Family Association has announced the City of San Antonio has been sued by five local residents over its decision to ban Chick-fil-A from the San Antonio airport, the association said.

The lawsuit was filed on Thursday under the new law that Governor Greg Abbott signed, which took effect on September 1, 2019. Under this law, SB 1978, popularly known as the Save Chick-fil-A law, citizens may sue a governmental entity that takes adverse action against someone based wholly or partly on their donations to a religious organization. The lawsuit accuses San Antonio of discriminating against Chick-fil-A because of its support for Christian organizations such as the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

The lawsuit asks the Court to enjoin the city from allowing any vendor other than Chick-fil-A to operate in the space that had been reserved for Chick-fil-A in the original concession agreement between the city and Paradies Lagardère. It also seeks an injunction that would order the city and Paradies Lagardère to install a Chick-fil-A restaurant in the 985-square-foot space across from Gate A6, consistent with the original proposal from Paradies Lagardère.

San Antonio Family Association (SAFA) works in the public square to protect life, liberty, freedom of speech, religion and conscience, and acknowledge the true nature of marriage and the family, to protect and foster them, to safeguard public morality, and promote domestic prosperity in the City of St. Anthony and throughout Bexar County and the State of Texas so that each person can pursue actual happiness.