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'Save Chick-fil-A' bill: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs controversial measure

CNN logo CNN 6/12/2019 By Devan Cole, CNN
Greg Abbott wearing a suit and tie: Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks at Dallas's City Hall near the area that is still an active crime scene in downtown Dallas following the deaths of five police officers last night on July 8, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. Five police officers were killed and seven others were injured in the evening ambush during a march against recent police involved shootings. Investigators are saying the suspect is 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson of Mesquite, Texas. This is the deadliest incident for U.S. law enforcement since September 11. © Spencer Platt/Getty Images Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks at Dallas's City Hall near the area that is still an active crime scene in downtown Dallas following the deaths of five police officers last night on July 8, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. Five police officers were killed and seven others were injured in the evening ambush during a march against recent police involved shootings. Investigators are saying the suspect is 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson of Mesquite, Texas. This is the deadliest incident for U.S. law enforcement since September 11.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a controversial measure that supporters say provides religious protections but Democrats and critics argue would allow discrimination against the state's LGBTQ community.

Abbott, a Republican, signed Senate Bill 1978, nicknamed the "Save Chick-fil-A" bill, on Monday, according to the Texas legislature's website, after the legislation cleared the state House and Senate last month. The chain has come under fire for its charitable donations to religious organizations, including the Salvation Army, that oppose same-sex marriage.

The measure prohibits the government from taking "adverse action" against any individuals or businesses based on membership, support or donations to religious groups. Before being sent to the governor, the bill was amended to remove language that would have allowed the Texas attorney general to bring action against any government entity or employee that refused to comply with the bill.

Abbott's office did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment on Wednesday.

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The legislation comes after the San Antonio City Council in March approved a new concessions contract for the San Antonio International Airport on the condition that fast food chain Chick-fil-A be excluded. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced an investigation that month into whether the city violated Chick-fil-A's religious liberty with its decision.

The legislation's companion bill in the House was killed last month when Democratic Rep. Julie Johnson -- one of five members in the Texas House's LGBTQ caucus -- used a parliamentary action to delay and ultimately kill the legislation.

Johnson was among the bill's critics who argue that under the legislation, private businesses could legally discriminate against some customers.

But the Senate bill's author, Republican Sen. Bryan Hughes, has argued that the bill is needed in the wake of San Antonio's Chick-fil-A vote.

The fast food chain previously denied in a statement that it was involved in any way with the legislation.

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