The whole Chick-Fil-A drama has really taken on a life of its own in the days since the fast food restaurant chain’s president and COO Dan Cathy appeared in The Baptist Press let the world know that his values don’t include support for same-sex marriage. For those who missed it:
“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy said. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”
In direct opposition to the views of the chain’s president, the manager of a Chick-Fil-A franchise in Nashua, New Hampshire (the only one in that state) has pledged his support to the New Hampshire Pride Festival. According to Anthony Picolia, he is backing the LGBT event because of his own positive relationships with members of the LGBT community.
According to The Raw Story:
“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 explained. “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.”
Market research firm YouGov recently found that Chick-fil-A’s BrandIndex score had fallen 40 percent nationally since Cathy told the Baptist Press that his company was “guilty as charged” of funding groups that oppose marriage equality.
I can’t say that makes me unhappy. Oops!
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