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Texas Gov Celebrates Chick-fil-A Bill... Again

by Sam Cronin
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Jul 23, 2019
Governor Abbott ceremonially signs the Chick-fil-A Bill
Governor Abbott ceremonially signs the Chick-fil-A Bill  (Source:@GregAbbott_TX/Twitter)

Texas Senate Bill 1978, dubbed the "Save Chick-fil-A Bill" has been signed into law. Twice. Governor Greg Abbott on Thursday ceremonially signed the legislation for the second time, saying in a tweet announcement:

"Today I signed the @ChickfilA law in Texas. And, had a great lunch. No business should be discriminated against simply because its owners donate to a church, the Salvation Army, or other religious organization. Texas protects religious liberty."

The event was catered by Chick-fil-A, mirroring the Fox & Friends episode in which the cast praised the not-yet-signed bill while eating Chick-fil-A.

Senate Bill 1978 has been law since last month, when the Governor officially signed it on the 12th. This video appearance and signing seem to have been ceremonial and intended to celebrate the bill becoming law.

"The law bars the government from taking 'adverse actions' against individuals or businesses over of their religious or moral beliefs," according to the Washington Examiner. However, many LGBTQ activists and groups argue the bill provides government approval of discriminatory actions. It is worth noting that Chick-fil-A is a privately owned company.

"In the midst of a legislative session meant to prioritize public school reform, property taxes and expand economic opportunities for all Texans, I am disappointed that SB 1978 took energy away from passing proactive legislation that actually improves Texans' lives," Rep. Mary Gonz├ílez, chair of the Texas Legislature's first LGBTQ Caucus, wrote in an emailed statement to NBC News. "Further, in 2017, 42 percent of LGBTQ teens in Texas said they had considered suicide — the harmful rhetoric perpetuated by this bill adds to a culture of bullying, shame and isolation already faced by LGBTQ youth in our state."

It remains to be seen if the signing of this law will overturn the prevention of Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant in the San Antonio airport.

Watch the video signing below:


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