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Just over a year ago, San Jose City Council and the city’s mayor, Sam Liccardo, approved plans for a new Chick-fil-A location inside San Jose International Airport. Two other cities—Buffalo and San Antonio—recently banned Chick-fil-A from their airports for the chicken chain CEO’s opposition to gay marriage, and San Jose is now having second thoughts about its own airport Chick-fil-A outpost, scheduled to open a month from now. Rather than kicking the restaurant out of the airport, San Jose City Council has a plan to just make that airport Chick-fil-A really, really gay.

The Mercury News reports the city council endorsed a proposal by former county Supervisor Ken Yeager, the area’s first openly gay elected official, to place rainbow and transgender-supportive flags around the airport Chick-fil-A. Councilman Raul Peralez added the Chick-fil-A should make it a point to hire LGBTQ employees, turning that location into the “gayest Chick-fil-A in the country.” The council voted Tuesday to withhold a 2026-28 contract extension for airport restaurants that don’t operate seven days a week; Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays to allow employees to “rest and worship as they choose.”


It’s a unique solution to the airport Chick-fil-A question, which will likely arise in other cities as the chain’s contracts come up for renewal. On a recent vacation, I found the Chick-fil-As in both the Dallas and Tampa airports busy both early in the morning and later in the day, though it would have been nice to see some rainbow flags brightening up the terminal nearby. Also, Gay-Fil-A has a pleasant rhyme to it.

Kate Bernot is managing editor at The Takeout and a certified beer judge.

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