Chick-fil-A is officially opposed to gay marriage – not just by virtue of president Dan Cathy’s controversial comments on the issue, but through the millions of dollars the company donates to anti-gay groups.
"At the end of the day, part of our profits still go towards Dan Cathy, and subsequently, all the organizations he supports," a gay Chick-fil-A employee identified only as “K” told the Huffington post.
But the manager of the only Chick-fil-A in New Hampshire is breaking ranks to co-sponsor a gay pride event.
In a statement, Anthony Picolia said he was “excited” to be a part of the New Hampshire Pride Fest, set for Aug. 11 in Manchester.
“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,” he continued. “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.”
Many customers, both gay and straight, have boycotted Chick-fil-A over its stance on gay marriage.
But thousands of others rallied behind Cathy and his restaurant Wednesday, packing locations around the country for “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”
Organized by former Arkansas governor and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, the event drew support from a diverse range of gay marriage foes, from neo-Nazis to black conservatives.
Steve Robinson, Chick-fil-A’s executive VP of marketing, told CNN that Wednesday was a “record-setting” day for sales.
Cathy told the Baptist Press in mid-July that the company was “guilty as charged” when it comes to supporting “the biblical definition of the family unit.”