Democrats attempt to ban Chick-fil-a from NY Rest Stops over ownerships’ LGBTQ views

According to a new report from Rochester First “A plan to put Chick-fil-A restaurants at rest stops along I-90 is being met with opposition. Lawmakers and organizations say the restaurant has a history of donating to anti-LGBTQ groups.”

Per the report:

Chick-fil-a is one of many restaurants being added to service areas in New York — as part of the Thruway Authority’s $450 million service-state modernization project.

Assembly member Harry Bronson says Chick-Fil-a has a long history of donating to groups that oppose same-sex marriage.

He’s now started an online petition to keep the restaurant from being added to rest stops across the state.

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Bronson is one of four lawmakers saying no to chick-fil-a at state rest stops. “Chick-fil-A, through the charitable wing of it’s business, has a history of donating millions of dollars to organizations that are discriminatory and anti-LGBTQ organizations.”

Bronson says “We can’t say through those laws and through those policy positions and statements, that we support the dignity and human rights of LGBTQ individuals and their families and at the same time, have a state authority that’s willing to enter into a 30-year-lease with a business that has a history of not recognizing the human rights of LGBTQ individuals.”


Bronson tweeted this week:

After years of millions in donations to organizations hostile to LGBTQ+ rights, the decision to approve @ChickfilA as an approved concession at our rest stops is concerning to say the least.

It’s time the @NYSThruway re-examine this choice.

He added in a follow-up tweet:

After an overwhelming response from our community, my office created a petition allies can use to sign-on to our letter to

@NYSThruway and @NYGovCuomo. Thank you for your support in this endeavor to ensure NYS continues it’s commitment to civil rights.