(TotalConservative.com) – New York state legislators are pushing a bill that would mandate Chick-fil-A rest stop stores remain open on Sundays, despite the Christian-owned chicken-sandwich distributor always remaining closed on the sabbath for its entire history as a company.
The state lawmakers want to mandate that all restaurants at rest stops around the state remain open 7 days a week so that travelers can have access to food on the highways. Chick-fil-A opened new stores at 10 out of 27 recently renovated rest stops.
The bill specifically named Chick-fil-A as one store which closes on Sunday suggesting that having the store closed on Sunday made it “inappropriate” for being housed at rest stops.
The Thruway Authority, which manages state rest stops, said that at least one location at every rest stop has to be open at all times such that travelers have food options available 24/7. Applegreen is the company that controls the restaurants for the Thruway Authority, and a representative said that they factored in Chick-fil-A’s Sunday closures as part of their 33-year contract to manage rest stop restaurants.
Hinting at the real reason Chick-fil-A was specifically targeted by the state legislature, Manhattan Assemblyman Tony Simone (D) pointed out that Chick-fil-A has “a long shameful history of opposing LGBTQ rights.”
New York state Senator Michelle Hinchey complained that being closed on Sundays increased the customer-burden on other shops leading to longer wait times for travelers.
The bill must pass both the state house and state senate before it can be signed into law by Gov. Kathy Hochul.
Chick-fil-A explains they close on Sundays per the wishes of its late founder, Truett Cathy on its website. The company said that Cathy believed it was important to close on Sundays to allow himself and his employees “one day to rest and worship” if they wanted to.
Chick-fil-A has been accused of homophobic bigotry since President Dan Cathy publicly expressed his opposition to gay marriage in 2012. That led to calls for boycotts and scrutiny of their charitable donations, which went to Christian organizations that opposed gay rights. The company ended the practice of donating with company funds,
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