Robin Kniech, the first openly gay member on the Denver City Council, was the first to protest a Chick-fil-A location at the airport during the council's Business Development Committee meeting on Tuesday, the Denver Post reported. She said she was concerned that the airport location would add to "corporate profits used to fund and fuel discrimination."
Councilman Paul Lopez also opposed opening a franchise of the chain, calling it a "really, truly a moral issue on the city," according to the Denver Post. Ten of the 13 committee members attended the meeting on Tuesday, and none of them spoke to defend Chick-fil-A, according to the Post...
Dan Cathy, the CEO of Chick-fil-A is known for his opposition to same-sex marriage. He published a tweet in 2013 scolding the Supreme Court for expanding federal recognition of gay marriage, calling it a "sad day for our nation." Foundations associated with the company have also made donations to anti-gay groups.
Cathy in 2014 said that while he still opposes gay marriage, he planned to no longer discuss politics. The foundations linked to Chick-fil-A also reduced their donations to groups opposed to LGBT rights in 2012, according to a 2014 ThinkProgress report.
In a statement to The Denver Channel, Chick-fil-A said the company is "focused on serving great food and providing remarkable service to every single customer."
The Denver City Council's Business Development Committee will discuss the contract for the airport concession and Chick-fil-A again on Sept. 1, where the city's attorneys may speak to the members about the legal issues surrounding the contract, according to The Denver Post.
Президент Chick-fil-A был известен своим несогласием с однополыми браками. В своё время (2012 год) финансировал группы граждан, защищающие традиционные ценности. С тех пор отощел от политики, что доказывает отчёт ThinkProgress за 2014 год. Тем не менее, городской совет Денвера заморозил его заявку на открытие ресторана в аэропорту. Инициатива исходила от Robin Kniech - открытого гомосексуалиста.