New York Bill May Shake Up Chick-Fil-A
A New York Assemblyman has introduced a controversial bill that would require Christian-owned restaurant chain Chick-fil-A to either open on Sundays or be removed from the state’s major highway system.
The bill, A08336, was penned by Assemblyman Tony Simone who has publicly criticized Chick-fil-A for their “terrible record on LGBT rights.” His bill would mandate that the New York State Thruway Authority only enter into contracts with businesses that will stay open seven days a week.
In an interview with the New York Post, Simone stated that the popular chicken chain should be open on Sundays to better serve New Yorkers and travelers. “To serve New Yorkers and travelers, things should be open seven days a week, including Chick-fil-A, and if they can’t, they shouldn’t be in our rest stops,” he said. “There should be options for people to eat and drink and not just one spot.”
However, the Thruway Authority spokesperson, Jennifer Givner, pointed out that there is already a standard in place that requires at least one hot food option to be open every day of the week. This is to better accommodate travelers and truckers who rely on these rest stops. “Our requirement is that we have at least one hot food option available,” Givner said. “If Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays we have other alternatives for our customers.”
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Chick-fil-A, a popular fast-food restaurant chain known for its Christian values, currently has seven restaurants located on the interstate and plans to open three more. The chain is famously closed on Sundays for religious reasons, a decision that founder Truett Cathy made as a way to honor God and show loyalty to Him.
“Closing our business on Sunday, the Lord’s Day, is our way of honoring God and showing our loyalty to Him,” Cathy wrote in his book, “Eat Mor Chikin: Inspire More People.”
The decision to target Chick-fil-A comes three years after three state legislators sent a letter to the executive director of the Thruway Authority urging him to reconsider the approval of Chick-fil-A to open locations along the highway system. This was due to the company’s public stance against same-sex marriage, a stance that is in line with the chain’s Christian beliefs.
If the bill were to pass, Chick-fil-A would have to open on Sundays or face being removed from the state’s major highway system. While Simone’s intentions are to provide more options for travelers and uphold LGBT rights, some argue that it could have a negative impact on the popular chain and limit their religious freedom.
The bill is still in its early stages and it remains to be seen if it will gain enough support to move forward. However, it has already caused a stir among both supporters and opponents of Chick-fil-A.