WASHINGTON, DC – America First Legal filed a brief in the Supreme Court of Texas seeking to remedy the City of San Antonio’s decision to refuse government contracts to Chick-fil-A based on the city’s perception of Chick-fil-A’s religious views and company donations to organizations that support a traditional understanding of marriage–an outrageous violation of the First Amendment.
AFL President Stephen Miller issued the following statement:
The City of San Antonio has engaged in a brazen act of state-sanctioned cancel culture designed to suppress Judeo-Christian values and intimidate citizens who embrace those values. Chick-fil-A was denied a government contract because they had the audacity to support the traditional view of marriage that has been held across the world for millennia. This virulently abrogates the First Amendment; however the Texas Legislature’s ability to correct San Antonio’s action has wrongly been called into question by the lower court’s decision. With today’s brief, America First Legal is seeking to right an egregious wrong and to reverse our nation’s dangerous slide into oppressive, divisive, and fascistic cancel culture. We will vigorously stand up for the rights, liberties, and religious traditions of American Citizens.
In San Antonio City Council meetings, government officials assailed Chick-fil-A’s beliefs in marriage as between one man and woman. Government officials also criticized Chick-fil-A’s donations supporting the Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
The First Amendment prohibits the government from “canceling” or refusing to award a contract based on a contractor’s constitutionally protected activities.
The filing can be accessed here.
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