S.A. Chamber Says Chick-fil-A Vote is a 'Negative' for Business Recruitment

There's a chance that San Antonio's airport could get a Chick-fil-a after all, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

City Council, this week, will be asked for a re-do on a vote that banned the chicken chain because of past donations to charities that support traditional marriage. The original vote was 6-4 against including Chick-fil-A on an expansion of the airport's food court. That sparked an immediate backlash from some far right wing conservatives, who feel like the move was anti-Christian.

The man leading the charge is City Councilman Greg Brockhouse, who is running for mayor

"Every day the Chick-fil-A removal decision is allowed to stand hurts our reputation nationwide as a welcoming and inclusive city. It sends a message we are anti-faith and we cannot stand by without speaking the truth and standing up for our principles," he wrote.

He gave notice to City Council last week that he plans to amend the vote and call for a new vote this week to bring Chick-fil-A back to the airport. If passed and added to the agenda, a vote to reinstate Chick-fil-A would likely occur on May 2.

"The removal of Chick-fil-A has embarrassed San Antonio. It does not reflect who we are as a community," he said. "We have a chance to correct this mistake by reinstating Chick-fil-A and sending a message that we are open for all, open for faith and open for business."

The city's vote sparked a nationwide debate. Shortly after San Antonio's move, a plan to add Chick-fil-A to the Buffalo, New York airport was nixed.

Richard Perez, who heads the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce says the idea of a second vote this week needs to be taken seriously

"How about a discussion and a dialog with the business community? Let’s sit down and figure this out."

He says the business community was not consulted before the first vote.

"There is a battle to attract employers to our city," Perez said. "When we do something like what we did to Chick-fil-A, that is a negative sign to any business that would want to come to a growing community like San Antonio."

Meanwhile, the Texas attorney general's office had announced an investigation, insisting the decision to exclude a vendor based on the religious beliefs is the opposite of tolerance.

"I look forward to reviewing the City of San Antonio’s records explaining why the City Council targeted this respected restaurant chain for exclusion from the City’s concessionaire contract for the international airport."

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