Breaking: Victory for Save Chick-Fil-A Religious Freedom Law at Texas Supreme Court
Austin, Texas – Today the Texas Supreme Court allowed the battle to protect the religious liberty of businesses from the discrimination by the City of San Antonio to move forward. The Court unanimously reversed the appeals court decision, reviving the citizen lawsuit challenging the city’s ban on Chick-Fil-A stores in the municipal airport.
Jonathan Saenz, president and attorney for Texas Values said the following:
“The City of San Antonio tried to punish Christian businesses and get away with it. They lost again. We are grateful this case can continue to move forward to protect religious freedom.”
In Justice Jimmy Blacklock’s concurrence he stated that the citizens have a strong case against the City of San Antonio because they need only establish a “credible threat” that their announced policy will be enforced against Chick-Fil-A in the future. San Antonio has shown that they intend to deny contracts to Christian businesses such as Chick-Fil-A with future policies.
“Modern governments often advance their preferred policies by contract, just as surely as by statute or ordinance,” said Justice Blacklock.
Texas Values led the effort to pass the Save Chick-Fil-A religious freedom law and filed a legal amicus brief in support of this case. Read Texas Values’ full legal brief here.
Governor Greg Abbott also filed a legal amicus brief last year in this case in support of the state law.