Denver’s city council is playing chicken with the First Amendment—delaying fast-food chain Chick-fil-A’s request to open a restaurant in the city’s iconic Denver International Airport due to the company’s views on same-sex marriage.
According to a Denver Post report last week, Councilman Paul Lopez called opposition to the franchise at DIA “really, a truly moral issue on the city,” while openly gay member Robin Kniech worried about “corporate profits used to fund and fuel discimination.”
The council’s Business Development Committee took the highly unusual step of stalling Chick-fil-A’s application for a seven-year concession at the airport for two weeks.
Wayne Laugesen, editorial page editor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Colorado Springs Gazette, appeared Sunday on “Fox & Friends Weekend” to comment on Denver’s battle against the chicken sandwich chain.
Denver City Council has applied a “religious litmus test” for businesses, Laugesen said. He pointed out that it’s been three years since Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy said that the “biblical definition of the family unit” did not include same-sex marriage. Cathy later said he regretted his remarks for inserting the company into political debates.
Asked how long Cathy’s beliefs would be used against the company, Laugeson replied with his own question, “Where does this lead?”
“Does this lead to Christian city council members saying that they won’t sign contracts and allow people to participate in the marketplace if they’re atheists?” he continued. “Are we going to have Muslim council members saying that they don’t want to allow Jewish CEOs to participate in the marketplace?”
“This is a very dangerous precedent,” Laugesen said. “It is a blatant and flagrant violation of the First Amendment.”
Watch the interview below.