Texas LGBTQ Caucus Kills ‘Save Chick-Fil-A’ Bill after San Antonio Bans Restaurant

‘It protects Ben & Jerry’s as much as it protects Chick-fil-A …’

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(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) The Texas House LGBTQ Caucus, which formed this year, has already defeated a bill that its supporters argue would have protected religious liberty.

The LGBTQ Caucus, however, said the “Save Chick-fil-A” bill, known officially as House Bill 3172, would have discriminated against LGBTQ people, CNN reported.

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.