Five San Antonio Christians have filed a lawsuit against their city for its decision to exclude Chick-fil-A from its airport because of its donations to evangelical charities.
Texas recently enacted a so-called Save Chick-fil-A bill, which bars government entities from taking action against a person because of their support for a religious organization.
Members of the Christian San Antonio Family Association filed a lawsuit in September asking the court to find the city in violation of the law. The city is arguing the law was enacted after the decisions for restaurants in the airport were already made.
“Among the many weaknesses in [the plaintiffs’] case, they are trying to rely on a law that did not exist when Council voted on the airport concessions contract,” Laura Mayes, a spokesperson for the city of San Antonio, told the Texas Tribune. “We will seek a quick resolution from the court.”
The lawsuit claims that the chicken restaurant was excluded from the airport based on its contributions to religious organizations such as the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.