[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida -August 1, 2012- 6pm
Waffle fries and chicken sandwiches usually bring out the lunchtime crowds to Chick-fil-A . But never is it anything quite like this. Traffic was backed up along Capital Circle NE and crowds mobbed the inside of the fast-food joint.
Many of the people there came out as part of ''Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day'. The rallying cry was started by former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Huckabee called for people eat at the restaurant on August 1 after it and its president Dan Cathy came under fire from the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgendered Community for comments he made against Gay Marriage. Huckabee created a Facebook page in support of the cause which already has more than half-a-million supporters.
"I thought it was important to come out here and support what typically is the silent majority and maybe today they're not so silent," says Richard Boutin, a Chick-fil-A supporter.
The move comes as a counter punch to the boycott many LGBT groups called for. But for customers of the traditionally Christian chicken joint, seeing the company stick to its values comes as no surprise.
"This day and age, everyone is trying to be politically correct. But you should really stick true to your values. That's what I most agree with and that's why I'm here," says Brooke Jessee, a Chick-fil-A supporter.
The company released this response on its website:
"Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day was not created by Chick-fil-A. We appreciate all of our customers and are glad to serve them at any time. Our goal is simple: to provide great food, genuine hospitality and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with Chick-fil-A"
The company has not released any officials figures yet on how much money 'Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day' brought in.
Tallahassee, Florida - August 1, 2012 - Noon -
Popular fast food chain Chick-Fil-A came under fire recently after its president Dan Cathy made comments against gay marriage. Now the restaurant's supporters are coming in droves to show their support during Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day.
The parking lot at the Chick-Fil-A on Capital Circle NE in Tallahassee is packed, so folks are actually parking at adjacent lots.
This all started because former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee started a Facebook group to bring support to Chick-Fil-A. So he called for a day of action today August 1 as Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day. More than half a million have already have already signed up on the social networking site. This whole controversy started a few weeks ago when Dan Cathy made an anti-gay marriage comment to a Baptist publication. That started off a firestorm among gay rights groups. Chick-Fil-A says it doesn't have anything to do with Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day. It is just trying to provide the best possible service for all of its customers.
There are some gay rights groups planning their own day of action on Friday to protest against the restaurant chain.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Chick-fil-A supporters are eating at the chicken chain's restaurants as the company continues to be criticized for an executive taking a public position against same-sex marriage.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister, declared Wednesday "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day."
A spokeswoman for the Rev. Billy Graham says the 93-year-old evangelist ate a Chick-fil-A lunch, including a chicken sandwich and waffle fries, at his North Carolina home.
Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press last month that the Atlanta-based company was "guilty as charged" for backing "the biblical definition of a family." Gay rights groups and others answered with calls for boycotts.
Opponents of Cathy's stance have planned "Kiss Mor Chiks" for Friday, asking people of the same sex to show up at Chick-fil-A locations and kiss each other.
ATLANTA — August 1, 2012 -
Supporters of Chick-fil-A are planning to eat at restaurants in the chicken chain as the company continues to be criticized for an executive's comments about gay marriage.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister, declared Wednesday national "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day."
Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press last month that the Atlanta-based company was "guilty as charged" for backing "the biblical definition of a family." That unleashed a torrent of criticism from gay rights groups and others, who have called for boycotts and efforts to block the chain from opening new stores.
Opponents of the company's stance are planning "Kiss Mor Chiks" for Friday, when they are encouraging people of the same sex to show up at Chick-fil-A restaurants around the country and kiss each other.
July 30, 2012
The national debate over Chick-fil-a president Dan Cathy's comments on gay marriage rages on.
Dan Cathy said he supports the "biblical definition" of marriage between a man and a woman. This caused Boston, Mass. Mayor Thomas Menino to say he would try to stop a Chick-Fil-A from opening a restaurant in the city and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to say "Chick-Fil-A's values are not Chicago's values." People in our area continue to weigh-in on what Cathy said.
"From an economic standpoint as far as branding your company, I agree with what they're doing but I don't agree with excluding someone base on their preferences when it comes to dining," said Tallahassee resident Alex Smith.
Chick-Fil-A customer Jordan Burnic, Jr. had a different view.
"I have no problem with him having that type of an opinion. Everyone can have opinions. That don't mean what he said is correct or wrong, but he has the right to have an opinion, that's why this is America," said Burnic, Jr.
Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin have voiced their support for the restaurant chain.