August 2nd, 2012
10:40 AM ET

'Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day' sets record, restaurant chain says

Chick-fil-A says it set a sales record on Wednesday, the day that supporters rallied around the fast-food chain amid a debate over its president's opposition to same-sex marriage.

The chain won't release sales numbers, but "we can confirm reports that it was a record-setting day," said Steve Robinson, Chick-fil-A's executive vice president of marketing.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee had called on people to buy food at the chain on Wednesday, which he dubbed "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," after a backlash against the company and their president.

The controversy started after an interview with the fast-food restaurant chain's president and COO, Dan Cathy, appeared in The Baptist Press on July 16. He weighed in with his views on family.

"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."

On a Facebook page Huckabee created announcing the event, more than 620,000 people said they would participate.

He called for a response to a backlash against the restaurants and its president. Customers flocked to the restaurants on Wednesday, many showing their support for the chain and Cathy's opposition to same-sex marriage.

Gay rights activists are planning to hold a "national same-sex kiss day at Chick-fil-A" on Friday.

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  1. gdwookie

    This may be one of the stupidest posts Ive ever seen. please crawl back under whatever rock you slithered out from.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • mema

      Why did you bother reading it and posting comment for?

      August 3, 2012 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. fresheating

    They will lose 30% of their sales for a while until this blows over. Bottom line is they have upset plenty of people to where they do NOT want their money to be spent on corporate donations to hate campaigns.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cass

    Surrrrrrre it was.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jim Johnson

    Hooray!!! I thought the whole country was Queeer! Thank goodness it is not!

    August 2, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Majesty Rider

      Stay in the middle of the country Jim.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joe

    Looks like the commie loving liberals lost that round.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Majesty Rider

      Still stuck in 1950 I see....

      August 2, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mike Lake Orion Michigan

    Congratulations Chick-Fil-A! You've got a great Chairman. Keep up the good work.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. Majesty Rider

    I will never go to any of these restaurants. Hate is hate, pure and simple.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Doc Knowitall

      "Hate is hate, pure and simple."
      And based on your comments, you are different how ?

      August 2, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. latina

    I love chick-fil-a, took by children, grandkids and will continuing going. Also I hope the president of Chick-fil-a donates 5 million to Romney's campaign. Yea Romney.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • steve

      But he is not christian, you better be afraid, he is mormon! it is considered a dangerous cult by most christians!!!

      August 2, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • robc

      I heard the employees coordinated a plan to spit in the food. I hope you didn't eat there...

      August 2, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul King

      The sad thing here is that there are kids living in cars and people out of work for years.
      People losing their homes and men and women in our military being killed.
      This is what you selfish self serving children choose to support.????
      WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE???
      You all need to grow up and learn to fight a COMMON ENEMY...NOT EACH OTHER.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. Just Sayn

    Chic Fil A was passing out free brownies when I was there. On Friday's kiss in they plan on passing out free HIV screening kits.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  10. John

    GLBT are hypoctrits....want their free speech but not others.....

    August 2, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • BioHzrd

      Most in the LGBT community would agree with his right to say what he wants...and we have a right not to buy from his restaurant if we don't agree with his views and how he spends his companies money. What a crazy example of free speech on both sides.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • edpeters101

      A person making a statement is free speech. A company that is in the business of serving the public making an anti "anything" is just wrong, and reminds people like me of some people having to ride in the back of the bus! So make your statement as an individual (and I'll dimply call you an A$$), but do it as a company and I will never frequent your establishment again and will encourage others to do the same.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • CFA Funds Hate Groups

      ALL GLBT? Wow, that is pretty bigoted. That is like me saying that "all Christians support hate groups," which only CFA does.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. steve

    I won't eat there again now that I know they are bigots. Not sure they will lose money though, those christians in line seemed awfully fat and could chow down on fried chicken till the cows come home.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Unknown to anyone

      It won't take them long to get fat off of that greasy fast food. Then they will die and go to heaven. What's that? A bullentin just in. When God created the universe and the big bang happened, he was killed in the explosion. To late guys. Guess you will have to choose the alternative. See you in Devil's Paradise.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • ISupportCFA

      @Steve....you'll eat there again. When you have an opinion, conservative christians will respect that opinion, whatever it may be, we won't even critize it, we'll just leave it alone because you have that rights....

      August 2, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jimbo

    the greatest single threat to this nation is the fundamentalist christians, who preach a doctrine of hatred against anyone who doesn't share their belief system. Not to worry, though.....they will wither away.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Peggy Munro

      This Christian wholeheartedly agrees with you.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Hank

      Yea- they used to feed us to lions also, see how that worked out!

      August 2, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Lol. That was pretty funny Jimbo. Saying that the number one danger to America is hate, and then singling out a specific group of people as the source of the problem. "Hate is the problem. And those Christians just can't stop hating people. Gosh I hate them. Don't worry though, they'll go away eventually." I'm assuming you intended the irony. Pretty funny.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Doc Knowitall

      Dude, you are warped. This whole argument was started by liberals who want to censor free speech.
      The man expressed his viewpoint, you all simply disagreed. But since you didn't like his viewpoint, liberals went off the deep end again as always.

      Proof once again that Liberalism is a social disease.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  13. OHMSS 1969

    So the rednecks have an official place to eat their artery-clogging crap food. I don't know what is dumber, their customers or their name.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  14. wassupUSA

    Cheng508, do you really believe this was all a marketing scheme with Huckabee getting kick backs. So does that mean Rohm Emmanuel is getting paid by McDonalds?

    August 2, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. Meat

    The people have spoken.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
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