Attorney General Ken Paxton Starts Investigation into Chick-fil-A Ban

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a suit against the city of San Antonio for excluding Chick-fil-A from their airports and demands the city to hand over the documentation regarding how it came to their decision.

Attorney General Ken Paxton has been investigating why the chain has been excluded from the airport since March. He claims there is discrimination against Chick-fil-A.

Paxton made a public records request to the city, asking for communications between city employees, third parties, and councilmembers. He also requested calendars, records of meetings, and any communication between city employees on Chick-fil-A.

The city refused. The attorney general’s office released a statement, “The city of San Antonio has refused to comply with the Office of the Attorney General’s investigation, instead claiming an exemption to disclosure.”

But Paxton argues saying, “The City of San Antonio claims that it can hide documents because it anticipates being sued. But we’ve simply opened an investigation using the Public Information Act. If a mere investigation is enough to excuse the City of San Antonio from its obligation to be transparent with the people of Texas, then the Public Information Act is a dead letter. The city’s extreme position only highlights its fear about allowing any sunshine on the religious bigotry that animated its decision.”

Paxton’s office believes that the City Council members who decided to exclude Chick-fil-A had discriminatory motives.

The FAA also opened up an investigation into why Chick-fil-A has been banned from the San Antonio airport and a Buffalo N.Y. airport.


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