‘It protects Ben & Jerry’s as much as it protects Chick-fil-A …’
The legislation would have prevented the state government from discriminating against individuals or businesses due to their affiliation with religious groups.
Texas state Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, said the recent case with the San Antonio City Council and Chick-fil-A “crystalized and clarified why we need this bill.”
The San Antonio City Council said in March that Chick-fil-A could not operate at the San Antonio International Airport, CNN reported.
Councilman Roberto Treviño released a statement about San Antonio’s resolution to ban Chick-fil-A from the airport.
“With this decision, the City Council reaffirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion,” Treviño said in a statement.
“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,” he said. “Everyone has a place here, and everyone should feel welcome when they walk through our airport.”
Texas state Rep. Julie Johnson, D-Carrollton, who is on the LGBTQ Caucus, used a “point of order” to delay the legislation past the midnight deadline, effectively killing the bill.
“Bills like this are hurtful. They cause pain. And we can’t allow religion to be a cover for discrimination,” Johnson said.
Krause said the bill does not contain any “discriminatory language.”
“It protects Ben & Jerry’s as much as it protects Chick-fil-A … The government should not be penalizing, should not taking adverse action against you for your belief on a marriage,” Krause said.
A Senate version of the “Save Chick-fil-A” bill is still alive, and it has a good chance of becoming law.
The Texas Attorney General’s Office opened an investigation into San Antonio’s decision to exclude Chick-fil-A. The AG will determine whether the city council’s actions infringed upon constitutional protections for religious liberty.