City council members stopped the approval process of a Chick-fil-A location planned for Denver International Airport, even though it’s the “second-most sought-after quick service brand at the airport, second to Chipotle,” says a 2013 survey of travelers.
What concerns council members most is president Dan Cathy’s stance on gay marriage. Asked in 2012 if he believed in the “Biblical definition of a family unit,” he replied “guilty as charged.”
Later, he told USA Today, “All of us become more wise as time goes by. We sincerely care about all people. “I’m going to leave it to politicians and others to discuss social issues.”
Some council members want to be assured that Chick-fil-A’s hiring practices won’t discriminate against people based on sexual orientation. Councilwoman Robin Kniech is worried the franchise will generate “corporate profits used to fund and fuel discrimination.”
David Broadwell, assistant city attorney, told the Denver Post, “This discussion — the way it’s unfolding here — hasn’t quite happened before in terms of a contract decision that you all have been asked to make, in all my years here.
They’ll consider Chick-fil-A’s proposal again at a September 1 meeting.