SAN ANTONIO – US Senator Ted Cruz commissioned Twitter and condemned local leaders for excluding Chick-fil-A from the list of restaurants to be added to San Antonio International Airport ,
San Antonio City Council members voted 6: 4 on Thursday to rule out the beloved, faith-based fast food restaurant. On Friday, Cruz posted a news article about Twitter's vote saying "ridiculous."
On Saturday, he doubled his comments, saying the decision was "not Texas."
The details of this story are even worse. The City Council of San Antonio voted for a ban on @ChickfilA from the airport when the company gave to the Community of Christian Athletes & Salvation Army?!? That's ridiculous. And not Texas. #LeftistIntolerance https://t.co/ApTnlpS2E0
̵1; Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 23, 2019
"The details of this story are even worse," Cruz said, tweeting a link to another story about the decision. "The City Council of San Antonio voted for a ban on @ChickfilA from the airport when the company gave way to the Christian Athletes & Salvation Army community! That's ridiculous, and not Texas. #LeftistIntolerance"
On Friday, District 1 Council member Roberto Trevino, who applied for Chick-fil-A's ban on a food and beverage package at the airport, made the following statement:
"With this decision, the City Council reaffirmed the work our city has done to become an advocate of equality and inclusion. San Antonio is a city of compassion, and we have no place in our public institutions for a business with anti-LGBTQ behavior. Everyone has a place here, and everyone should feel welcome when they walk through our airport. I am looking forward to the announcement of a suitable spare part of paradise. "
Paradise Lagardère operates shops and restaurants at airports, hotels and other locations in the US and Canada.
Texas Values, a not-for-profit organization that said it should champion faith, family, and freedom, took a different stance, saying in part, "Local governments targeting and banning private Christian companies like Chick-Fil-A are an enmity to the religion that the Texans will not stand for. I thought Texas was "open to business". I think that's true everywhere in Texas, except in San Antonio, where the government demands that you give up your religious beliefs. "
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