“We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that,” Dan Cathy, President of Chick-fil-A, said recently in an interview with Baptist Press, a Christian news service. “I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about,” added the man who has announced himself firmly against same-sex marriage and given plenty of money to back up that announcement.
Are you listening, Mr. Cathy?
The manager of New Hampshire’s only Chick-fil-A, has announced that unlike his parent company’s CEO, he’s just fine with gay people. So fine, in fact, that he’ll continue to sponsor the New Hampshire Pride Fest, a celebration of gay rights. I wonder what conservative radio host Mike Huckabee and his buddy Sarah Palin, who urged their minions to support Chick-fil-A’s lack of support for gay marriage by eating there en masse on August 1st, think of that?
Here’s how Anthony Picolia, manager of Nashua’s Chick-Fil-A, made his announcement on the Pride Fest’s website:
“In both my personal and professional life, I have had and continue to have 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.
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.”
The New Hampshire Pride Fest is a revival of an old New Hampshire tradition of gay pride festivals, and is scheduled to take place on August 11 in Manchester.
As the Pride Fest website puts it, “New Hampshire Pride Fest is a family friendly event, and all families are encouraged to come and celebrate the LGBTQQIA community in New Hampshire!”
Kudos to Mr. Picolia!
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