Chick-Fil-A’s Dan Cathy may be a raging homophobe basing his hatred of LGBT people on his misinterpretation of the Bible, but that does not mean that the franchise owners of his chain agree with him. For instance, there is one- and only one- Chick-Fil-A in New Hampshire, and they have decided to sponsor the New Hampshire Pride Fest this upcoming 11 August.
Anthony Picolia, the manager of the franchise, told The Daily Caller, the Conservative website run by Tucker Carlson, that they were, indeed, sponsoring the event, and stated via a release that:
“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.”
Cathy’s corporation has come under fire after he stated to the Baptist Press that “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.” Since then, he has gone out of his way to state that the company does not discriminate and that his personal views do not reflect on the company.
Chick-Fil-A has become another part of the boycott/protest and counter-boycott/protest war that has been going on in earnest since the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. It is something of a Culture War Cold War, and just as effective.
While Cathy’s comments would likely have been just lost in the long run, in the end, the decision to make Chick-Fil-A the latest cause celebrete for the Right Wing has hurt the corporation badly.
Pride Fest organizer Tara Powell stated that “This sponsorship is just another example of how great New Hampshire is to the LGBT community. We are looking forward to having a great Pride Fest, and are very excited to have Chick-Fil-A involved.”
New Hampshire already has same-sex marriage.
The big question now is, how will Cathy react to this news?