TEXAS: AG Ken Paxton Opens Probe Into San Antonio City Council For Banning Chick-Fil-A From Their Airport

The Texas Tribune reports:

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is investigating the city of San Antonio for potential First Amendment violations after the City Council voted to prevent Chick-fil-A — a franchise known for opposing same-sex marriage — from opening a location in the city’s airport.

“The Constitution’s protection of religious liberty is somehow even better than Chick-fil-A’s chicken,” Paxton, a Republican, wrote in a Thursday letter to San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and the rest of the council. “Unfortunately, I have serious concerns that both are under assault at the San Antonio airport.”

Law & Crime reports:

Paxton said “There is no evidence indicating that Chik-fil-A has ever maintained any policy or practice of discriminating against any group of people, and the City offered no such evidence as the basis of its action.”

Paxton said the council “voted to discriminate against a popular American fast food restaurant—Chick-fil-A—because of that organization’s religious beliefs.”

The Texas AG said the “Supreme Court has soundly rebuked state actors for actions based on animosity to religious belief similar to those in question here,” and cited the Masterpiece Cakeshop case.

As longtime JMG readers know, Paxton has been behind numerous assaults on LGBT rights in Texas.