Chick-Fil-A won't be landing at Buffalo airport

Jefferson Graham
Chick-Fil-A won't be landing at Buffalo airport

The Chick-Fil-A fast-food chain has been disinvited from opening a location at the Buffalo airport, its second local snafu in two weeks.

The decision was due to the company's "long history of supporting and funding anti-LGBTQ organizations," according to New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan, who had fought having Chick-Fil-A at the airport. 

Just last week, the San Antonio City Council also declined to approve plans by Chick-Fil-A to open at the local airport because of the company's "legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior."

The Georgia-based chain has 2,400 locations that specialize in fried and grilled chicken. The company closes every Sunday to lets its workers "spend the day to rest and worship," and it is also active in donating to what critics say are groups that discriminate against gays and lesbians. 

According to advocacy group Think Progress, the chain gave $1.8 million to what it calls "discriminatory groups" in 2017, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, \the Paul Anderson Youth Home, and the Salvation Army, which it says "spread an anti-LGBTQ message," and teach that homosexuality is a sin.  

“Recent coverage about Chick-fil-A continues to drive an inaccurate narrative about our brand," the company said in a statement. "We want to make it clear that our sole focus is on providing delicious food and welcoming everyone – not being a part of a national political conversation. We do not have a political or social agenda. More than 145,000 people from different backgrounds and beliefs represent the Chick-fil-A brand. We embrace all people, regardless of religion, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.“

Additionally, the company posted a response on its website, saying coverage of its donations has been misleading. Chick-Fil-A donates to "programs that support a diverse array of youth and educational programs nationwide," the company says. 

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The decision in Buffalo predictably polarized responses from across the political spectrum.

"We know that @chickfila has a great reputation for welcoming all people into their stores," wrote evangelical leader Franklin Graham on Twitter. 

"Fox & Friends," the popular morning show on the conservative Fox News cable network, mused in a tweet whether the left was "taking it too far," in protesting the chain. 

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Chick-Fil-A won't be landing at Buffalo airport