New Hampshire’s only Chick-fil-A restaurant is going against the wishes of founder Dan Cathy by pledging to co-sponsor a LGBT Pride Festival.
In a statement on the New Hampshire Pride Festival website, the Nashua, New Hampshire Chick-fil-A franchise manager, Anthony Picolia, said he was supporting the event because of “positive relationships with family, friends, customers and employees in the LGBT community.”
“It would make me sad if someone felt that they were not openly welcomed into my life or restaurant based on their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender."
Picolia added: "Chick-fil-A at Pheasant Lane Mall has gay employees and serves gay customers with honor, dignity and respect. We also don’t discriminate in giving back to the Nashua community, donating to a wide variety of causes.”
“I would challenge people to come have a conversation with me before they make assumptions or boycott my restaurant. Come to my restaurant and see for yourself that my team and I only have one mission: To serve exceptional experiences to all.”
Last week, Fox News host Mike Huckabee said he was so outraged that “militant homosexuals” were attacking the Christian restaurant chain and called for a “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” on August 1.
Proponents of LGBT rights and marriage equality are also staging a 'Same Sex Kiss In' at Chick-fil-A restaurants across the nation on Friday, August 3.