Texas Senate Passes Religious Liberty Legislation Coined The Save Chick-Fil-A Bill

Chris Fox
May 16, 2019 - 4:42 pm
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AUSTIN (KRLD) - The Texas Senate approved a bill that would prevent the government from denying contracts to people or companies based on their religious affiliations

State Senator Bryan Hughes authored Senate Bill 1978 (SB 1978) and before the full Senate explained, “If you are an individual or you’re a business and you have an affiliation with a religious organization, this bill says the government can’t discriminate against you. They can’t deny you a contract, a loan, a license…They can’t revoke your tax-exempt status.”

The bill was coined the 'Save Chick-Fil-A' Bill after the fast-food chain was banned from the San Antonio Airport by the City Council for its support of Christian organizations that oppose the LGBTQ community.

State Senator Jose Menendez of San Antonio opposed the bill and defended the City Council’s decision saying “one of the city council members thought that perhaps Chick-Fil-A might be offensive to people. It strikes me from the get-go as a pretty good reason not to have them be at the airport…Welcome to San Antonio, we don’t like certain kinds of people.”

The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 19-12. It’s next headed to the State House State Affairs Committee.

The House companion bill to SB 1978 was House Bill 3172. It was killed last week on a point-of-order raised by members of the newly formed House LGBTQ Caucus. They argued the bill would be discriminatory against the LGBTQ community. Supporters of the bill said it protects religious liberties.