The following comes from an August 21 LifeSiteNews article by Father Mark Hodges:
Denver City Council, in a rare move, is stalling approval of a Chick-fil-A franchise at Denver International Airport, because of “concerns” over the owners’ support for natural marriage.
City Council members have passionately argued against approving Chick-fil-A, saying it is a moral imperative for the council to ban the restaurant chain. Councilman Paul Lopez called opposition to Chick-fil-A, “really, truly a moral issue on the city.”
The council’s openly homosexual member, Robin Kniech, was first to raise the issue at the council’s Tuesday meeting. She said Chick-fil-A’s support of traditional marriage was “discrimination,” and she didn’t want “corporate profits used to fund and fuel discrimination.”
Kniech commented that Chick-fil-A was on the wrong side of “a national debate about depriving people and their families of rights.”
Normally, approval is routine, especially in the case of a restaurant which has a positive history – a Chick-fil-A franchise was at Denver International Airport a decade ago. But homosexual activists have targeted Chick-fil-A for boycott, because of CEO Dan Cathy’s famous comment in 2012 that he supports the biblical definition of marriage.
No one at the meeting defended Chick-fil-A, or their right to their own viewpoint, or the First Amendment.
Efforts to block Chick-Fil-A are not new. City leaders in Chicago attempted to block a new Chick-fil-A location for similar reasons three years ago, and mayors in Boston and San Francisco vowed to fend off any foray by Chick-fil-A into those cities.
The issue also continues to flare on some university campuses. Johns Hopkins University Student Government has called on school adminstrators to ban the restaurant chain from campus, citing support of traditional marriage as the sole reason for administrators to halt any discussions or plans to allow the restaurant at the university.
Opposition to Chick-fil-A has also reached high schools. A California principal has even banned donations to help Ventura High School’s booster club from a local Chick-Fil-A, because of their “political stance on gay rights.”
Council members also raised “concerns” about Chick-fil-A’s Christian principled operation, which includes not operating stores on Sunday. Chick-fil-A restaurants typically generate more in six days a week, Denver International Airport says, than most fast-food concessions that are open all seven.
A 2013 survey of flight passengers picked Chick-fil-A as the second-most looked-for quick food restaurant at the airport.