NY Lawmakers Want to Block Chick-fil-A from Rest Stop Locations

By Hannah Claire Brimelow

New York lawmakers are seeking to block Chick-fil-A from rest stops in the state.

The New York State Thruway Authority has approved a $300 Million plan to upgrade 27 rest stops along the “570-mile superhighway system,” according to a report from the Democrat & Chronicle in May.

At the time, the food operators intended for the locations had not been announced. Drawings of the future plazas had names like “Burger Tenant” and “Fresh Tenant” in lieu of brand names.

Lawmakers in the state balked at an announcement that Chick-fil-A will be one of the vendors included in the service stations.

Assembly member Linda Rosenthal stated “New York State has long stood on the right side of history and supported the LGBTQ+ community, but this decision flies in the face of our progressive values and will undermine the progress we have worked to achieve” and demanded the Authority drop the popular chicken chain.

The chain restaurant  became a symbol of conservative culture for many Democrats after reports of the company’s donations to Christian organizations and that its CEO Dan Cathy donated to the National Christian Charitable Foundation (NCF).

“Chick-fil-A is excited about the partnership and the opportunity to further serve the residents of New York. We want to be clear that Chick-fil-A does not have a political or social agenda, and we welcome everyone in our restaurants,” Chick-fil-A told Business Insider.

New York is not the only place where the company is controversial. A group of students and faculty from Catholic university Notre Dame wrote an open letter to the schools Dining Division opposing the opening of an on-campus Chick-fil-A location. The authors of the letters denounced the company for “donating millions to ‘queerphobic groups,’ which they said include the nonprofit Fellowship of Christian Athletes” in addition to claiming Dan Cathy’s personal donations help organizations that ‘funds hate groups.’”

According to Fox News, “Chick-fil-A was founded in Georgia in 1946 and since then has been closed on Sundays because its founder, Truett Cathy, refused to force his employees to miss a day of rest and worship.

The company has stopped supporting several nonprofits since 2012 because of the backlash to its charitable contributions. This includes the Fellowship of Christian Athlete and the Salvation Army as of 2019.

Senator Lindsay Graham denounced New York Democrats for targeting Chick-fil-A. On Facebook, he wrote “If such a disastrous move ever came about – banning a commercial business due to them expressing their First Amendment rights – it would set a horrible precedent. It would also be ferociously opposed by many Members of Congress, including me.”

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16 responses to “NY Lawmakers Want to Block Chick-fil-A from Rest Stop Locations”

  1. AFrog says:

    Hiring back Gina doesn’t really address or excuse all the bullsh*t, woke agenda propaganda Disney pushes on their ABC news affiliates and elsewhere though, does it?

  2. LeDane says:

    I’m not particularly religious but these chicken sammy’s are awesome, and we need the people who came up with chick-fil-a’s drive thru system to run this country

  3. Wolv256 says:

    Counterpoint: Fuck off, I’ll do business with whomever I please.

  4. TheComedian says:

    Lefties hate Chik-fil-a because they have conservative values

  5. Darth_Inconsiderate says:

    Well. I guess that settles where we’ll grab a bite for dinner this evening.
    I have no religious dog in this theological hunt: I’m an atheist (note: small “a”.) And this is bullshit. Never did they ever say the LGBTQIAP+ (“+” = B for Beastiality, another P for Pedophiles, and an N for necrophiles I assume. Am I missing any? Maybe a D for Drosophila Melanogasterphiles? – gotta represent the “culture” of people sexually attracted to fruit flies!) “community” was not welcome in their restaurants.
    As long as you don’t… dance in dressed as the “Rainbow Dildo Butt Monkey”… they’ll continue taking your money, and in exchange serving you reasonably tasty chicken-centric fast food, and reflexively saying “My pleasure!” whenever you say “Thanks!” (another piece of their corporate culture insisted on by their founder. Try it – it’s fun!)

  6. KingJoey22 says:

    Piss on em, their loss. More of the Lords chicken for the rest of us!

  7. reinsteder says:

    Imagine not eating some of the best chicken sandwiches because of a CEO’s political belief from 10+ years ago, let it go fam, embrace God’s Chicken.

  8. Cat_R_Pillar says:

    Disney will still support concentration camps filled with uygher Muslims… maybe when they come out against that.

  9. DarthWho says:

    Quick someone start a spin off call

  10. Bigly12025 says:

    “progressive values” is an oxymoron.

  11. Bigly12025 says:

    New York State has long stood on the left side of history

  12. Feddy_Von_Wigglestein says:

    When ND has been compromised, there is NO SAVING the education system.

  13. atravis says:

    Gotta be honest, I avoided Chick-fil-a for a long time due to the CEO (I think it was) making donations to anti-gay conversion therapy (specifically programs which had a really high suicide rate), but as it seems like he’s stopped donating, I’ve made the odd trip to visit the company. Why do people insist on punishing others for mistakes forever? Even with Disney – if they make things right with Gina, I’ll restart my subscription.

  14. Michael_Ashcroft says:

    Dear left.
    Why would any corporation care about who you boff? Or what your perceptions are?
    Unless they saw a buck in it. Time to get real.

  15. Starlord says:

    Chick-Fil-a does not care about your sexual problems or your sexual conduct.

  16. CrispyBacon says:

    Jesus H Christ get over it NY! Some of us want to enjoy delicious Chick-Fil-A meal as we travel through your POS state instead of the menu options that existing options that suck dick.