A new piece of legislation, signed by the Governor of Texas, claims to promote religious freedom, but, according to critics, it will actually hamper the ability to discriminate against the marginalized LGBTQ community by law.
The law, known as the Senate Bill 1978, was signed in law by Greg Greg Abbott Tuesday in the middle of Pride Month. "The measure prohibits the government from taking" unfavorable actions "against any individual or business based on membership, support or donation to religious groups", according to CNN.
Although the so-called "Save Chick File-A" law does not include languages that allow the Texas Bar Association to intervene against state employees and offending entities ̵
In March, the San Antonio City Council insisted on excluding the chick file from a new concession contract for the city's international airport. "San Antonio is a city full of compassion, and we have no place in our public premises for a company with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior," said Roberto Treviño, city councilor who presented the proposal. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton later announced an investigation into whether San Antonio had violated Chick File's religious freedom by excluding it.
"Governor Abbott signed SB 1978, the so-called" Save Chick File-A "bill in law today. This bill is nothing more than an" anti-LGBTQ flute "," said the first tweet.
The couple who followed continued: "Here is what you need to know about SB 1978 … 1. This bill does not substantially change the current law in Texas. It simply confirms the First Amendment protections. This bill is the brainchild of anti -LGBTQ national and state activists Although it does not remove the rights of LGBTQ people, it accelerates the message that anti-LGBTQ views deserve special protection. "
The hosts of" Fox & Friends ", President Donald Trump's favorite morning show , also shower on raising Abott's decision to sign the bill in law as they ate from a buffet of Chik-fil-A food.
"The bill is to protect private entities from punishment for actions they take because of their religious beliefs," Steve Doocy said.
Ainsley Earheart, his co-host, added: "So San Antonio airport – I used to live there flew into the airport all the time – and of course they have restaurants, their food court. And Chick-A will move in there "Well, the lawmakers in the area – the local lawmakers said no, because there is some controversy with this restaurant. Whether – what their beliefs are on LGBT – and then they voted," No & # 39; The governor's desk and he just signed it. "
Many years ago, the fast food franchise became a battle for gay rights – with many celebrities, politicians, and even muppets involved.