City Councilman and candidate for mayor Greg Brockhouse today sent a letter to Chick-fil-A, apologizing to the Atlanta based company on behalf of the City and the City Council for last week's Council vote barring the fast food firm from the new airport concessions agreement, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Downtown Councilman Roberto Trevino said the firm discriminates against LGBTQ people, citing contributions made by the Cathy Family Foundation to Christian groups like the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which support traditional marriage.
Brockhouse said Chick-fil-A, at its several locations in San Antonio, fully adheres to the City's Non-Discrimination Ordinance, which forbids discrimination in hiring or other employment decisions based on a person's sexual orientation.
"Despite of the appearance of this decision, San Antonio is a welcoming city that values diversity, faith, and incluvisity," Brockhouse wrote to Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy.
The wording is a clear dig at Council members who voted for excluding Chick Fil-A from the airport, and later claimed that the exclusion was 'in the interests of diversity.'
"The recent actions of our City Council do not reflect the overwhelming belief in our City that you are a valued business and community partner," Brockhouse wrote to Cathy. "In spite of the appearance of this decision, San Antonio is a welcoming City that values diversity, faith and inclusivity. You are the best of what we hope for in an employer and organization doing business in, and employing people from, our great City."
Brockhouse praised Chick Fil-A for closing on Sundays, one of the reasons cited by Mayor Nirenberg for his support of the motion to exclude Chick Fil-A from the airport concessions.
'You close on Sundays so employees can rest and worship," he wrote. "You put people over profit."
Brockhouse also pointed out that Chick Fil-A has never been accused of not hiring or serving LGBTQ individuals.
"Chick-fil-A employs and serves everyone, without prejudice, discrimination, or hate," he wrote.
"We are a welcoming and inclusive city, that respects people’s faith and honors our diversity," Brockhouse said in a statement, turning Trevino's words against the anti Chick Fil-A argument. "Chick-fil-A is a wonderful community partner and did not deserve to be singled out for their faith."
Brockhouse painted the Chick-fil-A opponents as the opponents of 'diversity,' saying it is important for the "San Antonio must stand together to ensure Texas and the nation know we are open for business, and are open to all people of faith."
Brockhouse concluded by saying to Cathy, "We were wrong and you deserve an apology."