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Chick-fil-A banned from second airport in two weeks

"Chick-fil-A embraces all people, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity," a company spokeswoman said.
A Chick-fil-A restaurant in Springfield, Virginia on July 26, 2012.Alex Wong / Getty Images file
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By Janelle Griffith

For the second time in two weeks, Chick-fil-A has been blocked from opening a location at an airport.

Plans for a Chick-fil-A restaurant at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport in New York were nixed late last week, a New York state lawmaker said.

Democratic Assemblyman Sean Ryan of Buffalo said the airport's food vendor notified him that they would not add a Chick-fil-A restaurant to the food court.

Ryan applauded the decision, saying that the owners of the fast-food chain have a history of supporting and funding anti-LGBTQ organizations.

“The views of Chick-fil-A do not represent our state or the Western New York community, and businesses that support discrimination have no place operating in taxpayer-funded public facilities,” he said in a statement.

In late March, the San Antonio City Council voted against allowing Chick-fil-A to open a restaurant at San Antonio International Airport, over what it called the company's "legacy of anti-LGBT behavior."

Earlier last month, ThinkProgress published a report based on newly released tax filings that claimed Chick-fil-A donated $1.8 million to anti-LGBTQ groups in 2017, including one that allegedly bars employees from "homosexual acts."

Chick-fil-A said in a statement that “recent coverage about Chick-fil-A continues to drive an inaccurate narrative about our brand."

"We want to make it clear that our sole focus is on providing delicious food and welcoming everyone — not being a part of a national political conversation," the statement said. "We do not have a political or social agenda. More than 145,000 people from different backgrounds and beliefs represent the Chick-fil-A brand. We embrace all people, regardless of religion, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.“

Janelle Griffith

Janelle Griffith is a breaking news reporter for NBC News. 

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