Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is continuing to sign off on several bills, as he’s also making sure that religious liberty is protected in Texas.
The Texas governor signed a “Save Chick-fil-A” bill this week so that “no business should be discriminated against simply because its owners donate to a church, the Salvation Army, or other religious organization,” Abbott tweeted.
Chick-fil-A has previously found themselves under fire by universities and airports. However, when it comes to their donations to charitable foundations that are labeled “anti-LGBT,” Chick-fil-A Foundation’s executive director Rodney Bullard said that “helping children” in the community is a “higher calling than any political or cultural war that’s being waged,” as IJR Red previously reported.
Abbott’s decision follows after the San Antonio City Council voted in March to ban the fast-food chain from the San Antonio International Airport over the company’s alleged “legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.”
“Texas protects religious liberty,” Abbott said in response to signing the Chick-fil-A bill, which he officially did so in June.
He said at the bill, taking effect in September:
“Discrimination is not tolerated in Texas. No business should be discriminated against simply because its owners pay to a church or the Salvation Army or any other religious organization. No business should lose a government contract because of their religious beliefs. The ‘Save Chick-fil-A’ legislation that I’m about to sign is a victory for religious liberty in Texas.”
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. pic.twitter.com/1QwSTuoWu0
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 19, 2019
This week, the Texas governor also signed the “Born Alive Act” to “make it illegal to kill a child who survives an abortion” and ensure “the baby receives needed medical care.”
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) applauded Abbott’s move, thanking him for signing the pro-life bill.
“Absolutely no reason Congress shouldn’t act swiftly to outlaw infanticide nationwide. Yet House Democrats keep blocking the Republican bill to protect newborns who survive abortions—74 times now,” Scalise tweeted. “This shouldn’t even be a debate.”
Thank you, @GregAbbott_TX! Absolutely no reason Congress shouldn't act swiftly to outlaw infanticide nationwide. Yet House Democrats keep blocking the Republican bill to protect newborns who survive abortions—74 times now. This shouldn't even be a debate. https://t.co/o06ST4DRsF
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) July 18, 2019
These aren’t the first videos of signing bills into law for Abbott, as he previously shared videos signing several other bills that made Texas a freer state, as IJR Red reported. These included making it legal for kids to sell lemonade at stands, protecting free speech on campuses, banning red light cameras, adding delivery options for beer and wine to one’s home, and preventing an occupational license from being denied or revoked due to student loans.