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Chick-fil-A In New Hampshire Sponsoring Gay Pride Fest!

Chick-fil-A In New Hampshire Sponsoring Gay Pride Fest!

“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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3:19PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

I don't have to like gays because they are gay! I LIKE PEOPLE that are kind and RESPECT what I BELIEVE even if it is different than what they believe. I DO NOT LIKE BULLIES AND WHINERS!

1:20PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012


10:02AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Also, why is it your place to define other people's marraige. You can have your own opinion, but for the sake of others you should keep it to yourself. Most people don't appreciate busy bodies interference.

5:49AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

@Donna - No matter who you are, it is "prideful and arrogant" to think you can define what marriage is!

Does that also include defining it as between a man and woman only?

11:08AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Not only does Chick-fil-A discriminate against LGBT, it has no consideration for its own employees. I heard one location was never told about the "let's support CfA", so no one was prepared to have extra people on board or extra food to handle the "massive support". How about being considerate of ANYONE, CfA? Very poor business practice. Of course, you wanted news reports to say, "CfA ran out of food due to support!" No, it was because of p*ss poor planning.
Your credo seems to be, it's all about ME!!!

9:26AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Great words Anthony Picolia. This is beautiful. We need more people like this.

7:37AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

This is good to know that some chains are independent of the presidents thoughts and opinions.

7:23AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

"No matter who you are, it is "prideful and arrogant" to think you can define what marriage is!" What is really PRIDEFUL and ARROGANT is to try to define what OTHER PEOPLE'S marriage should be and then deny them when it isn't just like yours!!!

7:01AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

First, their chicken, as with so many fast-food "restaurants" is tainted and genetically engineered for breasts so large the chicken cannot stand in the cage she can't turn around in! It's injected with antibiotics and fed a steady diet of "animal protein" and corn. The animal they promote as good food is NOT God's animal!
Second, I agree with Dan Cathy's comment, “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,”
No matter who you are, it is "prideful and arrogant" to think you can define what marriage is!

12:33AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Thanks for the article.

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