UPDATE 9:40 a.m.:
The FAA said in a letter to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that the City of San Antonio has agreed to offer a lease to Chick-fil-A at San Antonio International Airport.
In the letter, the FAA said it reached an informal resolution with the city as part of the investigation.
It said that on July 24th, the City of San Antonio agreed to offer a lease opportunity to Chick-fil-A in San Antonio International Airport’s Terminal A within 45 days of the letter sent to the attorney general, which was dated September 10th.
The agency also said it will continue to monitor the city’s implementation of that lease offering and if the city fails to follow through as agreed, the FAA will reopen its investigation.
“This is a win for religious liberty in Texas and I strongly commend the FAA and the City of San Antonio for reaching this resolution. To exclude a respected vendor based on religious beliefs is the opposite of tolerance and is inconsistent with the Constitution, Texas law, and Texas values,” said Attorney General Paxton. “Our great state deeply values the First Amendment, and I will defend those rights for all who live and work in Texas.”
BEXAR COUNTY, Tex. (KTSA News) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told Fox News one thing. The City of San Antonio told a local TV station something else.
Paxton went onto Fox News on Sunday and said Chick-fil-A will be offered a lease in San Antonio International Airport based on the investigation’s findings that found First Amendment rights, the constitution, and the transportation department’s guidelines were all violation.
But the City of San Antonio told KSAT-TV Sunday that that was not true.
It said the FAA has not ordered the city to have Chick-fil-A in the airport. The city said it has offered to resolve the FAA investigation informally since the chicken chain changed its donation policies.
“Any placement of Chick-Fil-A at the San Antonio Airport is ultimately contingent on Chick-Fil-A’s continued interest and approval by the City Council,” the city told the San Antonio television station.