UPDATED 8:02 AM PT — Wednesday, June 12, 2019
A bill to protect religious freedoms of private businesses is now law in Texas. Governor Greg Abbott signed the so-called ‘Save Chick-fil-a’ bill into law Monday after it passed in the state legislature last month.
The law is widely supported by Republicans after the popular fast-food chain was blocked from opening at the San Antonio International Airport in March.
Opponents of the law argue Chick-fil-A should be banned from setting up at airports because of the owner’s stance on LGBTQ issues, while supporters say the law protects religious freedoms.
“This protects everyone’s right to religious freedom, regardless of your political strife, regardless of your lifestyle or your background, or your origin,” stated State Sen. Bryan Hughes, (R) Texas. “Whether you grew up poor like I did or wealthy like others did, it doesn’t matter, everyone is protected.”
The new law is scheduled to go into effect on September 1st.