After recent news that cities around the U.S. are halting plans to open Chick-Fil-A restaurants in their airports, the city of San Jose, CA will continue their plans to open the restaurant at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport.
But the news of Chick-Fil-A donating around $1.8 million to anti-LGBTQ organizations has not been lost on the city of San Jose and they recognize that something must be done as a response to their homophobic contributions.
NBC News reports that earlier this week San Jose city council voted unanimously 11-0 to fly the rainbow flag and the trans pride flag outside of the Chick-Fil-A restaurant that is set to open in May. This is a completely different approach than airports in Texas and New York that will stop construction completely.
Ken Yeager, an openly gay official from Santa Clara County, approached the San Jose city council with the idea during Tuesday’s meeting.
I made the suggestion to put the flags next to the restaurant, and council members liked that idea but also said that maybe put flags elsewhere, too, like outside.
Vice Mayor of San Jose, Charles Jones, suggested that the flags could also fly outside of the airport to demonstrate that San Jose is a diverse and inclusive community and all are welcome.
San Jose city council declared that it was an oversight to approve plans for the Chick-Fil-A last year, but that they hope this decision will demonstrate that the businesses respect the values of the community.
H/T: NBC News