‘Save Chick-fil-A’ Bill Headed to Gov. Abbott’s Desk
The ‘Save Chick-fil-A’ religious freedom bill, SB 1978, received final passage in the Texas House and Senate this week. The bill is now headed to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk to be signed into law. Based on Gov. Abbott’s widely shared tweet earlier this week, we think he is excited to sign the bill!
Here are several important ways that SB 1978 protects religious freedom:
• SB 1978 tells local governments, like the San Antonio City Council, that they cannot punish businesses, like Chick-fil-A, simply for donating to or associating with religious organizations.
• SB 1978 prevents state and local governments from discriminating against entities that associate or donate to religious groups.
• SB 1978 ensures businesses and organizations are able to operate consistent with their beliefs without fear of government punishment.
• SB 1978 prohibits government authorities from denying government grants, contracts, licenses, tax benefits, and access to other programs because of being associated with or donating to a religious organization.
Passing SB 1978 is a big victory for religious freedom in Texas, and we look forward to Gov. Abbott’s signature to sign the bill into law. We thank Rep. Matt Krause and Sen. Bryan Hughes for their leadership in carrying the bill, Speaker Dennis Bonnen and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, and every House and Senate member that voted in support of the bill.