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Chick-fil-A banned from another airport food court

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Chick-fil-A isn't getting a franchise location at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The food chain is currently in the hot seat after their 2017 tax returns were made public showing the company donated over a million dollars to notoriously homophobic organizations. 

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) announced last week that the chicken chain was going to have a venue at the airport, but later rescinded their announcement, saying they would look for another merchant. 

“We are working with Delaware North to move forward on identifying and offering best in class food selections for the thousands of customers who come in and out of our airport," NFTA said.

ThinkProgress recently exposed the chicken chains tax documents which listed payouts to homophobic organizations such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes ($1,653,416) the Paul Anderson Youth Home ($6,000) and the Salvation Army ($150,000).

Buffalo Assemblyman Sean Ryan (D) says he agrees with the choice to omit the chain. 

"I applaud the decision that has been made to remove Chick-fil-A from the plans for this project," he said. 

Ryan also said that a publicly funded facility such as Buffalo Niagara International Airport is not the appropriate place for Chick-fil-A because of its anti-LGBT stance. 

“We hope in the future the NFTA will make every effort to contract with businesses that adhere to anti-discriminatory policies, and we’re confident another vendor who better represents the values of the Western New York community will replace Chick-fil-A as a part of this project in the very near future,” Ryan said. 

Last week the fast-food chain was also excluded from the San Antonio airport food court. 

But Chick-fil-A says they aren't biased and issued a statement regarding the Buffalo Niagara International Airport decision. 

“Recent coverage about Chick-fil-A continues to drive an inaccurate narrative about our brand," they said. "We do not have a political or social agenda or discriminate against any group. More than 145,000 people from different backgrounds and beliefs represent the Chick-fil-A brand. We embrace all people, regardless of religion, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity."