Amid ongoing debate over fast food chain Chick-fil-A’s position on gay marriage, the manager of the only Chick-fil-A in New Hampshire has decided to sponsor the New Hampshire Pride Fest, an August 11Â celebration of gay rights.
In a hasty phone conversation with The Daily Caller,Â Chick-fil-A manager Anthony Picolia confirmed that his franchise will sponsor the festival.
In a longer statement sent out by Pride Fest 2012 organizers, Picolia explained that his decision to sponsor the event stemmed from his personal experiences with the gay community.
â€śChick-fil-A at Pheasant Lane Mall has gay employees and serves gay customers with honor, dignity and respect,â€ť Picolia said. â€śWe also donâ€™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.â€ť
Chick-fil-A has come under fire since president Dan Cathy stated explicitly what many already suspected: that the national chain, founded on Biblical principles, supports traditional marriage.
â€śWe are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,â€ť Cathy told Baptist Press on July 16. â€śWe are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.â€ť
The company has stated that it does not discriminate.
While the LGBT community boycotts, conservatives stage appreciation days and a few cities attempt to keep the chain outside their borders, the franchise and the gay community in New Hampshire have united under the rainbow flag.
â€śThis sponsorship is just another example of how great New Hampshire is to the LGBT community,â€ť said Pride Fest organizer Tara Powell in a statement. â€śWe are looking forward to having a great Pride Fest, and are very excited to have Chick-Fil-A involved.â€ť
Same-sex marriage is legal in New Hampshire.