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San Antonio City Council rejects Brockhouse’s effort to reconsider Chick-fil-A contract

April 18, 2019 GMT

By a 6-5 margin, San Antonio’s City Council on Thursday narrowly rejected a proposal from mayoral contender Greg Brockhouse to revisit a controversial decision last month to remove Chick-fil-A from an airport contract because of its “legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.”

Brockhouse forced the issue by using a procedural move under Robert’s Rules of Order to revive the Chick-fil-A debate. With dozens of supporters standing in the council chambers, Brockhouse proposed revisiting the Chick-fil-A decision at the next meeting.

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“I consider this opportunity today to be a defining moment for this council,” Brockhouse said in introducing the proposal, which he first broached last week.

Nirenberg, who has framed the issue in business terms, said before the vote that no business operating within the law is barred from operating in San Antonio. He proposed having a discussion about the city’s contracting process to ensure it operates under the full compliance of local, state and federal laws.

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The Chick-fil-A decision has become a wedge issue between Brockhouse and Nirenberg in the mayoral race. One council member recognized the electoral nature of the vote on the dais Thursday.

“It smacks of politics,” Councilman Manny Pelaez said of Brockhouse’s efforts. “Anybody in this room would be naive to believe this has nothing to do with mayoral politics.”

Brockhouse denied that assertion.

Dylan McGuinness covers City Hall and local politics in San Antonio. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | dylan.mcguinness@express-news.net | Twitter: @DylMcGuinness