A watered down version of the so-called Save Chick-fil A bill will get a final vote today in the Texas House, putting it one step closer to the governor's desk.
"I don't care if you're Chick-fil A. I don’t care if you're Ben and Jerry's. We need to make sure the government does not penalize you for who you associate with or donate to," the bill's author, State Rep Matt Krause, said.
The bill is a direct response to San Antonio's city council voting to exclude the chicken chain from the airport concession contract. Councilman Roberto Trevino brought up past donations to charities that support traditional marriage.
The bill in its current form would ban governments from taking action against a person or a business based on donations they have made.
Krause (R-Fort Worth) pained the bill as one that support's the state's business-friendly atmosphere.
"Wal Mart and Home Depot both donate to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes."
The bill, which goes for a third and final vote today, has had a long strange trip. Once thought dead, it was brought back by the Senate, which passed it and sent it to the house.
Dan Quinn with the Texas Freedom Network says, along that journey, much was changed.
"The bill, as originally filed, would have given businesses the explicit right to discriminate against LGBT folks for religious reasons. That part of the bill was actually struck out."
So, while he says the current bill is not as bad as it could have been, it still adds to an anti-LGBT attitude that some bring to the state capitol.
"The bad news is, it's being used as yet another tool to bash the LGBT community throughout the session."
If the bill passes on third reading today, it is set to go back to the Senate for approval of a slight modification, and then head to the governor's desk, where it's expected to be signed quickly.
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