(FeaturedNews.com) – Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has publicly opposed a proposed New York bill that would mandate some Chick-fil-A outlets in the state to remain open on Sundays, arguing that it infringes on constitutional rights.
Graham, in a social media video, highlighted his concern about the New York legislation that aims to require restaurants at state rest stops to operate seven days a week. This requirement would conflict with Chick-fil-A’s long-established policy of closing on Sundays, a practice rooted in the religious beliefs of its late founder, Truett Cathy. Graham emphasized that this bill violates both the Constitution and religious freedom, urging support for Chick-fil-A.
Chick-fil-A, known for integrating its founder’s conservative Christian beliefs into its business model, closes its outlets on Sundays to allow employees time with their families and the opportunity for worship, according to the company’s online statement.
Recently, Graham escalated his stance, threatening to propose federal legislation that would penalize cities forcing Chick-fil-A to open on Sundays by withholding federal funds.
The bill, introduced by New York Assembly Member Tony Simone (D), is designed to offer travelers a variety of dining options at rest stops. The Associated Press reports that this bill would only affect future contracts for food concessions at state and Port Authority transportation facilities, and not impact existing Chick-fil-A locations.
This legislation is part of a larger redevelopment plan for the New York State Thruway Authority’s service areas, which includes rebuilding and renovating several service area restaurants. Upon completion, Chick-fil-A is set to operate in 10 of these service areas.
Graham also shared on social media his visit to the first Chick-fil-A in Manhattan, where he discussed the issue with the location’s managers. He conveyed their appreciation for the support of Chick-fil-A’s values and rights in New York.
Chick-fil-A has previously faced controversy and boycotts due to its financial contributions to groups opposing same-sex marriage. In 2012, the backlash against these donations led to a reduction and eventual cessation of such funding by 2019.
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