Democratic legislators in New York are opposing plans to open Chick-fil-A restaurants at rest stops in the state, citing the fast-food chain’s past donations to groups accused of opposing same-sex marriage.
Democratic Rochester-area Assembly member Harry Branson is launching a petition against adding Chick-fil-A restaurants at rest stops along I-90 as part of the Thruways Authority’s $450 million service-state modernization project. The Thruway Authority has stated that no tax or toll dollars are involved with the deal and stressed that they “support an inclusive environment that treats the tens of millions of people that travel our system with dignity and respect.”
Chick-fil-A told local media that the popular chain is “excited about the partnership” with New York and added that the company does not have a political agenda. Chick-fil-A has often come under fire from liberals for donations to Christian groups accused of anti-LGBTQ views, such as the Salvation Army and Christian Athletes. The company announced a donation policy shift in 2019 to focus on initiatives assisting in “the areas of education, homelessness, and hunger.”