SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says the city of San Antonio will release documents concerning their decision to keep Chik-fil-A out of the city’s airport.
The issue first started up in March when the council voted to deny the popular chain a concession contract.
Initially, City Councilman Roberto Trevino said the company’s donations to religious ministries that are opposed to same-sex marriage was reason enough to keep the chain from opening a location in the airport’s concessions area.
Six members of city council agreed and voted along with him.
Days later, Attorney General Ken Paxton sent a letter to the Mayor and city council to let them know the state was investigating their choice.
Paxton also urged the Department of Transportation to get involved.
After filing an open records request in April, seeking emails, calendars and any other communications regarding the decision, the city and Paxton’s office came to an agreement to release that information.
“Excluding a company and its owner based on their religious beliefs demonstrates a total disregard for Texas law and the First Amendment protections in our Constitution. I look forward to reviewing the City of San Antonio’s records surrounding this discriminatory decision,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Our great state deeply values the First Amendment, and my office will defend those rights for all who live and operate in Texas.”
The Attorney General will then have three business days to both notify the city if additional documents are needed and file an agreed notice to dismiss the ongoing open records lawsuit.