Texas Passes Bill to Protect Chick-fil-A Under Religious Liberty Laws – Should More States Follow?
Should more states pass laws like the Save Chick-fil-A bill?
by Countable | 5.21.19
What’s the story?
- After San Antonio, Texas, blocked Chick-fil-A from the city’s airport because the fast-food chain makes contributions to anti-LGBTQ+ organizations, the GOP-controlled House has passed the "Save Chick-fil-A" bill.
- The legislation, which passed in the Texas Senate last week, explicitly bans local governments from taking “any adverse action” against individuals or businesses based on their affiliations with, or contributions to, a religious organization.
What are people saying?
- “It’s been cloaked in religious freedom, but the genesis, the nexus of this bill, is in hatred,” said state Rep. Celia Israel (D-Austin), according to the Texas Tribune.
"The bill does nothing but target the LGBT community," Sen. Borris Miles (D-Houston) told the Morning News. "It sends the wrong message that Texas discriminates, plain and simple."
- "The bill as filed ensures religious beliefs are protected from discrimination. It's about the First Amendment and freedom of speech, freedom of religion — those uniquely American rights," said bill author Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), per the Dallas Morning News.
“Look at the language in this bill,” said House sponsor Rep. Matt Krause (R-Fort Worth). “There is nothing discriminatory in the language. … There is nothing discriminatory in the intent.”
What do you think?
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