Texas Governor, Greg Abbott has signed a bill to ban discrimination against businesses with anti-LGBTQ views, after Chick-fil-A is boycotted over donations to anti-LGBTQ causes.
Abbott made a show of it with a public signing ceremony for the “Save Chick-fil-A bill”, which bars any government entities from taking any adverse action based
“wholly or partly on a person’s belief or action in accordance with the person’s sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction, including beliefs or convictions regarding marriage.”
Speaking at the signing ceremony, the Republican governor said,
“No business should be discriminated against simply because its owners donate to a church, the Salvation Army, or other religious organisation. No business should lose a government contract because of their religious beliefs. The save Chick-fil-A legislation that I’m about to sign is a victory for religious freedom in Texas.”
But Abbott’s claim that discrimination is not tolerated in Texas is false. Republicans have repeatedly blocked efforts to pass basic laws outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
The Save Chick-fil-A bill, though, was rushed through the GOP-controlled Texas legislature only months after a Chick-fil-A was blocked from opening in a San Antonio airport over the chain’s links to anti-LGBT groups.
The law seeks to strip state and local government powers to enforce religious [email protected] views and to,
“withhold, reduce, exclude, terminate, or otherwise deny any grant, contract, license, registration, accreditation [or] employment”
“withhold, reduce, exclude, terminate, or otherwise deny access to a property, educational institution, speech forum, or charitable fund-raising campaign”
In the past, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy has confirmed the company was opposed to marriage equality. Cathy told Baptist Press,
“We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”
Barf. The company later claimed it would
“leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”
But its donations to anti-LGBT causes have persisted and activists have boycotted the company for years now –which is apparently, what helped create this law.
(via Pink News)