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Chick-Fil-A Banned From San Antonio Airport

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While its food may be wildly popular, it seems Chick-Fil-A’s social stances are not earning universal applause.

San Antonio has just banned the Georgia-based fast-food chain from its airport. The move comes on the heels of a vote by the city’s district council to approve a new concession agreement for the airport.

While the vote was designed to bring in more locally run food businesses, it specifically bans the chicken sandwich chain, according to Fortune.

The ban is tied to Chick-Fil-A’s donation of money to groups that have been associated with LGBTQ discrimination.

“With this decision, the City Council reaffirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion,” said City Councilman Roberto Treviño. “San Antonio is a city full of compassion, and we do not have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.”

The conservative leanings of Chick-Fil-A executives have been the subject of much news coverage over the years.

The company’s history includes CEO Dan Cathy characterizing the U.S. as “inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and we say we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.”

According to Vox, the company has continued donating to anti-LGBTQ charities through its foundation despite stating in 2012 that it would leave “the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government.”

A report from ThinkProgress found that as recently as 2017 the Chick-fil-A Foundation donated more than $1.8 million to three groups that have a history of LGBTQ discrimination.

When analyzing the foundation’s tax filings, ThinkProgress discovered that Chick-fil-A’s charitable arm gave $1,653,416 to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a religious organization that requires its employees to refrain from “homosexual acts”; $150,000 to the Salvation Army, which has been accused of anti-LGBTQ discrimination and advocacy for years and whose media relations director once claimed gay people “deserve death”; and $6,000 to the Paul Anderson Youth Home, a Christian residential home that teaches young boys that same-sex marriage is a “rage against Jesus Christ and His values,” Vox reported.

For its part, Chick-Fil-A described San Antonio’s decision as “disappointing” in a statement and indicated that it will reach out to the council to discuss the ban.

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United Airlines Provides Free Flights to Medical Volunteers

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United Airlines has partnered with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City in order to provide free roundtrip flights for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals working to treat patients with coronavirus.

“Our healthcare workers are heroes, and they need reinforcements,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “This generous partnership with United Airlines will ensure medical professionals from across the country can come to New York City to help us in our hour of need.”

New York has become the focal point of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., specifically in New York City, which has more than 50,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Hospital staff quickly found themselves overwhelmed due to overcrowding. Several notable landmarks have been converted into makeshift hospitals throughout the city.

United is also working with local government agencies and non-profit partners to provide New York hospitals with much-needed qualified medical professionals. The airline is closely collaborating with a network of professional medical volunteer organizations to help enlist volunteers and bring them to locations where they are needed the most.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is one of those extraordinary times that demonstrates how we come together as a profession to provide desperately needed assistance and care,” said Society of Critical Care Medicine President, Lewis J Kaplan, M.D., FCCM.

United has joined many brands across the nation to help support front-line responders by providing them free or reduced services.

Several hotels and lodging brands are offering free or subsidized housing for medical workers and front-line responders, while local and national restaurants are providing these workers with free food or large discounts.

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