A planned Chick-fil-A location at Buffalo Niagara International Airport has been scrapped over the company CEO's past comments opposing same-sex marriage, making it the second airport to do so in recent weeks.
New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D, pressured Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to change its decision bringing Chick-fil-A to the airport, to replace Checkers, NTD reported.
The location, which would have opened this fall, was part of a continuing upgrade in food options at the airport near the border between New York and Canada.
“I don't believe there is anything to discuss with the NFTA on the issue. We can't allow companies who support anti-LGBTQ groups to do business at state owned facilities,” Ryan posted on Facebook after the NFTA said it reached out to the assemblyman to discuss his concerns over the Chick-fil-A location.
Ultimately, the NFTA sided with Ryan and booted the chain from opening a location at the Buffalo-based airport.
The chicken chain has drawn criticism in recent years after its CEO, Dan Cathy, was quoted opposing same-sex marriage. Its restaurants also are closed on Sundays and many Christian holidays, like Christmas.
San Antonio International Airport recently blocked Chick-fil-A from opening on its premises, which led to an investigation by the Texas attorney general’s office over discriminating based on religion.
“The City of San Antonio’s decision to exclude a respected vendor based on the religious beliefs associated with that company and its owners is the opposite of tolerance,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a press release. “The city’s discriminatory decision is not only out of step with Texas values, but inconsistent with the Constitution and Texas law.”