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. Video916

    It's amazing how hatred spreads. CFA never said that they hate gays. They said that they believe in traditional marriage (as a whole, the company is Christian). Which makes sense since it's their belief. However, CFA still serves their products to the gay population. Christians don't have the same viewpoints as gays, but they also don't hate gays (most anyway, there are some bad Christians out there, just as there are bad people everywhere). Yet what I find disgusting is how hypocritical this has become. Christians are being attacked for a belief that they share. It is not forced on others. They are being treated unfairly by those who want to be treated fairly. What a mess our society is.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      "Yet what I find disgusting is how hypocritical this has become. Christians are being attacked for a belief that they share. It is not forced on others. "
      Are you the last to know? They give millions to hate groups who lobby to have gays' rights taken away. That's forcing your views on others. I've known for years that they were evangelicals and I don't care; it's when they attack a bunch of gays using money I gave them that I get angry. I hate bullies, and I like firing them or stepping on their feet.

      August 2, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Clubfoot Charley

    I'm curious why no one has brought up the fact that when Chic-fil-a was created in 1946, that blacks weren't allowed in the restaurant. Where were the christian values then? This gay marriage issue is just another in a long line of reasons for people to disenfranchise people that are unlike themselves.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ArthurP

    The funny thing is that all those pious Christians were eating evolved dinosaurs.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Reddy

    Good for Chick-fil-A. The Liberal Inquisition needs to stop.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. oldguy

    I believe this is called a backlash

    August 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bobo the Thinker

    Do the gays respect his right to free speech? His right to have an opinion different their own?

    August 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Wade

    Maybe if they served hairy ball bag burgers all those trying to shove that "happy" agenda, and other things, down our throat would be more supportive of this restaurant chain.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • marabou22

      Lets talk about the christian agenda for a second.....

      August 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Brett

    Why do you have to Anti-Gay to be Pro-Family? Can you not support something without bashing something else?

    August 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Because "pro-family" is a ridiculous, newly developed term that is code for "anti-gay."

      August 2, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • zoeyj

      Awesome point.......nice to see some compassion instead of judgement, greed and control. THANK YOU

      August 2, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shelby

      I dont understand why people think that two men or two women are incapable of providing a child with a loving family. The term pro-family should be applied to these gay families. They want children, and according to research, there is no evidence of these children having any difficulties. The campaigns that are against gay marriage are simply using this new term to avoid being called anti-gay.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Andrew

    Great marketing by Chick-a-fil, comment on social issues to get rich.... It's not about the priniciples being discussed or a good chicken sandwich, it's about $$$$ and this guy baited the knuckle draggers, mouth breathers, and tea partiers into essentially just handing him money for nothing....

    August 2, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • NEMO

      You are wrong. It was Mayor of Chicago then Boston who made money for Chick fill A. With out their comments which bordered on dictatorship there would have been just a usuall shrug.. They [mayors] crated the mob that wanted to show free speech is still alive.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Terri

    FREEDOM means freedom for everyone, not just special interest groups. Grow up, get a brain, quit whining and realize we are all different and we can support who we choose to and believe what we choose to believe. When we start having a country that dictates to me what I have to believe, that's when the USA has fallen and I'm out of here.
    Tolerance means we tolerate each other, even if we don't agree.......
    So lets just agree to disagree and get on with our life. Gee!!!

    August 2, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Just Sayn

    Im sure families taking their children to Chic Fil A on Friday druing the gay "kiss in" will be really thrilled. Gays are an abomination.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      Your ignornance and intolerance doesn't add anything good to this world.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. HIYA

    GAIL: what a bippity boop. You like freedom of speech as long as you can spout your anti-gay crap, but you sure don't like gay people enjoying their freedom of speech. Typical hypocrite The reality is there will be gay marriage in this country so all this energy and effort to oppose it should be re-directed elsewhere.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Paul

    Which is exactly why the words from people like Mr Cathy are very dangerous. He funnels millions of dollars into organizations that work to remove gays from society permanently. This is not about the right to marry. He supports organizations that are hate groups.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ArthurP

    Smart move by management. You just can't buy this kind of continuous advertising.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. yourn ass

    Don't let that stop you 🙂

    August 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
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