Texas Gov. Greg Abbott officially signed the “Save Chick-fil-A” bill into law on Thursday while others held Chick-fil-A cups and a Chick-fil-A box and cow were on his desk.

The new law, SB 1978, known as the “Save Chick-fil-A Bill,” passed by the Texas House on May 20th with a 79-62 vote, will prevent any state government agency from retaliating against a person or business for their membership or donations to religious organizations, will go into effect on Sept. 1.

In a tweet, Gov. Abbott said, “Today I signed the ⁦@ChickfilA⁩ law in Texas. And, had a great lunch. No business should be discriminated against simply because its owners donate to a church, the Salvation Army, or other religious organization. Texas protects religious liberty.”

The bill came up after the San Antonio’s City Council’s had a controversial vote to block the fast-food chain from the San Antonio International Airport concessions contract because of the owner’s contribution to anti LGBTQ groups.

Chick-fil-A has reportedly donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to anti-LGBTQ groups, including Christian organizations Exodus International and the Family Research Council.

The company first stoked controversy in 2012, when its billionaire CEO, Dan Cathy, spoke out against same-sex marriage.

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