“We can’t allow companies who support anti-LGBTQ groups to do business at state owned facilities.”
Chick-fil-A, the $10 billion privately-owned fast food chicken chain has been barred by yet another city over its multi-million dollar donations to anti-LGBT organizations, this time in Buffalo, New York, thanks to one equality-minded lawmaker.
Democratic State Assemblyman Sean Ryan says plans for a Chick-fil-A at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport have been canceled, and said there’s nothing further to discuss, as HuffPost reports.
“I don’t believe there is anything to discuss … on the issue,” Assemblyman Ryan said via Twitter. “We can’t allow companies who support anti-LGBTQ groups to do business at state owned facilities.”
He added later:
Update: I applaud the decision that has been made to remove Chick-fil-A from plans for the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Thank you to everyone who reached out to share their opinion. pic.twitter.com/HA5t1CjwkV
— Assemblyman Sean Ryan (@SeanMRyan149) March 29, 2019
Last month lawmakers in Texas barred Chick-fil-A from setting up shop at the San Antonio airport, much to the anger of Senator Ted Cruz.
Chick-fil-A’s charitable giving foundation “gave $1.8 million to discriminatory groups in 2017, despite reportedly claiming it was winding down that practice last year,” ThinkProgress reported last month, citing “newly released tax filings.”
Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy has said, “we support biblical families,” and if you support same-sex marriage you “are inviting God’s judgment on our nation.” He’s also said that we “shake our fist at Him” when we support marriage equality. He also said same-sex marriage is the result of a “depraved” mind and called it “twisted up kind of stuff.”
Through his foundation Cathy supports groups that advocate for harmful “conversion therapy,” depict gay people as pedophiles, want to make “gay behavior” illegal, and even say gay people should be “exported” out of America.
Austrian far-right kicks out scandal-hit ex-leader
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In May sensational hidden-camera footage of Strache emerged which had been filmed on the Spanish island of Ibiza in 2017.
In it Strache appeared to offer public contracts to a woman posing as the niece of a Russian oligarch, in return for campaign help.
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Chinese vice commerce minister Wang Shouwen told reporters Washington agreed to a "phasing out" of tariffs on Chinese goods, without offering details.
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Deputy Prime Minister Dmytro Kuleba's comments came as he visited the US capital, the first senior Ukrainian official to do so since President Volodymyr Zelensky took office in May, although Zelensky met Trump in New York in September on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
Kuleba, who met senior US officials but not top leaders, said he saw "no fundamental differences" with the United States on supporting Ukraine against Russian-backed separatists in a conflict that has claimed thousands of lives since 2014.