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San Jose City Council Unanimously Votes to Fly LGBT Flags Outside of New Chick-fil-A Location

  • Amanda Casanova

    Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and…

  • 2019 Apr 12

The city of San Jose, California will fly rainbow flags near a new Chick-fil-A that is slated to open at the city’s airport. 

The city council voted 11-0 this week to display a rainbow flag and a transgender rights pink, blue and white flag near the San Jose International Airport.

"I made the suggestion to put the flags next to the restaurant, and council members liked that idea but also said that maybe put flags elsewhere, too, like outside," Ken Yeager, the first openly gay elected official in Santa Clara County, told NBC News.

Chick-fil-A has not commented on the council’s decision.

In 2018, the city council voted to approve a Chick-fil-A location in the airport’s food court.

Chick-fil-A has recently made headlines after the restaurant was barred from opening a new location in the San Antonio, Texas airport.

The San Antonio city council voted in March to stop Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant in the airport because of its LGBTQ donations and history. 

According to a report from ThinkProgress, Chick-fil-A tax documents show the Chick-fil-A Foundation has donated to groups that have openly stood against LGBTQ movements. Those groups included the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Paul Anderson Youth Home.

“With this decision, the City Council reaffirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion,” Councilman Roberto C. Treviño told the news outlet in a statement. “San Antonio is a city full of compassion, and we don’t have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.”

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