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A decision by the city council to carry the Chik file A from opening a restaurant at San Antonio International Airport draws criticism from Sen. Ted Cruz.
"Ridiculous," Cruz tweeted Friday, with a link to a story about the poll. "Details in this story are even worse," he followed up on Saturday, tweeting a link to another story. "San Antonio City Council voted to ban @ChickfilA from the airport bc the company gave to … Fellowship of Christian Athletes & Salvation Army?!?
" That's ridiculous. And not Texas, "he wrote with the hashtag #LeftistIntolerance.
After Council members Roberto Treviño and Manny Peláez expressed concerns about the inclusion of the eatery at the airport because of their anti-LGBT reputation, the council voted to reject the restaurant Under a deal approved Thursday
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The plan involves Paradies Lagardère to bring eight suppliers to Terminal A at the airport, including Smoke Shack, Local coffee and Sip Brew Bar and Market, and find a substitute for Chik File A.
"The heart of the LGBTQ community is in District 1, and that community has come together to vote its disapproval of this proposal because it includes a company with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior, says Treviño.
In a statement on Saturday, Chik-fil-A said that the press release issued by the council member "was the first one we heard about his movement and its approval" by the Council.
"We want us to have the opportunity to clarify misunderstandings about our company before the poll. We agree with Councilmember that everyone should feel welcome on Chick File A," the firm said. Antonio to our 32 local stores for over 40 years. "
" We would welcome the opportunity to have a thoughtful dialogue with the city council, and we invite all of them to our local stores to interact with the more than 2,000 team members serving the people of San Antonio, say the statement. "We hope they will see for themselves that Chick-File-A includes all people, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity."
Staffwriter Dylan McGuinness contributed to this report.