New Hampshire Chick-fil-A Sponsoring Gay Pride Fest

A single franchise of the chicken chain has stepped up to sponsor the state's gay pride festivities

Seeing as more than 600,000 have RSVP'd to Mike Huckabee's Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, some anti-gay supporters may think twice about dining at New Hampshire's Pheasant Lane Mall outpost.

The manager of this particular outpost has announced that his restaurant will sponsor the New Hampshire Pride Fest on Aug. 11.

"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," manager Anthony Picolia said in a statement. "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."

This is all in the midst of bad press regarding the chicken chain, following CEO Dan Cathy's remarks on marriage equality. Picolia insists that his restaurant doesn't discriminate against LGBT customers, and that he "would challenge people to come have a conversation with me before they make assumptions or boycott my restaurant.

"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," he said.