Chick-fil-A and Hooters: Snuggled up together, facing government discrimination in Colorado

By Kim Monson

(LONE TREE, CO)–According to Denver City Council's first openly gay member, Robin Kneich, the City is questioning crowning Chick-fil-A at Denver International Airport with their seal of approval, expressing concern that the company used "corporate profits to fund and fuel discrimination."

Kim Monson, a City Council Member in the Denver Metro area City of Lone Tree asserts, "What if a different contingency held sway over the Denver City Council and advocated against a business whose owner supports pro-LGBTQ causes, pausing its approval. These same members of the Council now questioning Chick-fil-A would likely be outraged."

Monson faced a discriminatory response from fellow Lone Tree City Council members over awarding a liquor license to Hooters. Monson stood in support of Hooters despite a fellow member who raised questions about the waitress dress code, and another who urged the company to change its name.  She is deeply concerned by the seemingly discriminatory proceedings by members of the Denver City Council.

Monson believes the City's job is to ensure a restaurant has all their ducks in a row to receive the what should be a rubber stamp of approval, not to exercise personal preferences in awarding a restaurant license.  Monson urges, "It's up to the people to choose whether they like a restaurant or not and they vote with their hard-earned dollars and their feet."

Several Denver City Council members on the Business Development Committee weighed in on their opposition to Chick-fil-A at DIA.   Councilman Paul Lopez called opposition to the chain at DIA "really, truly a moral issue on the city" and new member Jolan Clark stated, "We can do better than this brand in Denver at our airport, in my estimation."  

Should the committee reject the lease, an individual member–if one is willing–could introduce the concession deal in the full council. Ten of the 13 members attended last Tuesday's meeting, and none rose to defend Chick-fil-A.  

Members of the committee have said they are "studying" the company further.  An idea that even Mike Littwin, reporter at the Colorado Independent, a liberal online news outlet, thinks is a ridiculous.  Littwin predicts that the Council will soon admit "they have no choice but to vote the way they should have voted in the first place."

Chick-fil-A affirms it has always operated as an equal opportunity employer and is committed to nondiscriminatory practices. According to CCN Money, the Atlanta-based company is getting ready to open its first free-standing restaurant in New York City on Oct. 3, stating "At 5,000 square feet, it will be the largest Chick-fil-A in the country."

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