ACLU chapter sides with Chick-fil-A against airport ban

A New York airport’s decision to bar Chick-fil-A from opening a location inside has created an alliance between the fast-food chain and the state’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

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The announcement came last week that the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority decided not to allow the restaurant — known for supporting conservative Christian causes — at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

In a statement on behalf of the New York Civil Liberties Union, its assistant director for legislative affairs offered a stern rebuke of the ruling.

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“Government actors cannot officially silence speech or take punitive actions based on a person’s or private entity’s political viewpoints,” Erika Lorshbough said. “The First Amendment does not permit the NFTA to base its contracting decisions on the political views of a vendor.”

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