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. Joe6pack

    I'll second that, Gail.

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

    Note to Activists: Don't stand between America and a great Chicken Sandwich!

    August 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jcast47

    you mean the same pile of crap thats spewing from you mouth. All you can do is preach hate. Hate for those who have an opinion that one man and one woman is wrong. what is so wrong with that. just because we have moral values that do not agree with your values does not make us wrong or haters. When will every one in the world see that it's the LGBT community that is preaching hatred not the religious community.

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

      Who is saying straight marriage is wrong? I think you have got the wrong end of the stick.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • cedar rapids

      "just because we have moral values that do not agree with your values does not make us wrong or haters."

      when you want to dictate to others how they should live their lives based on your 'values' then yes, it does.

      August 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Steve

    Jerry – I was waiting for you to bring the Lord into it....and sure enough. This is why we have separation of church and state so that morons like you cannot dictate the laws for the rest of us. Thanks.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sgurdog

    I think it's typical of those on the right to whine about freedom of speech when they attack people who are simply saying they won't support the restaurant. No one is trying to force a law saying Cathy has to change his mind. He is free to do so as are those who wish to look elsewhere for their meal. I personally would have a guilty conscience if I overlooked the fact that my money would ultimately end up in the hands of conservatives hell bent on ensuring their values/opinions dictate what others are allowed to do in this country, such as marriage equality and how the Christian right is demanding an unfair faith based law that the federal and state governments are not permitted to respect under the equal protection clause, aka 14th amendment. So stop your whining and read the entire bill of rights, not just 1 and 2.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hogan's Goat

      'I think it's typical of those on the right to whine about freedom of speech when they attack people who are simply saying they won't support the restaurant.'

      No one can force me to go eat hate nuggets. Stop trying to shove them down my throat. Like other regular customers, I've stopped eating there. One of you fanatics can take my place?

      August 3, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. HARRY VALENCIA

    I guess ill see your name on the obituaries tomorrow

    August 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Peter

    Chick-Fil-A, a chain who are in predominantly RED states, sets a record for an anti-gay marriage turnout.

    What a surprise!

    August 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. The Oikos

    I support your right to believe whatever you want... UNTIL your beliefs become discriminatory and filled with contempt for other humans. Then I think your beliefs are a load of BS and you should be called out on them. Chick-Fil-A has had it's day. Now it's time for them to disappear along with the rest of the world's hatemongers.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      To The Oikos- Let us apply your logic. You respect the beliefs of those who agree with you. If you do not agree with someone, they are hatemongers and then you no longer respect their beliefs. That is hardly a ringing endorsement of free speech.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dkatt

    People don't seem to realize that Chick Fil A is not only against gays but also single parents, single men and women, widows, etc.. in short, anyone who is not married. That's quite a lot of people. Think about it..

    August 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dick sicario

      And exactly what info do you have to support your making such a stupid claim.

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

    No voters have ever approved of gay marriage. It is only legal in certain states because the legislature or judges made it so.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Name*bob

    Baaaa

    August 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ann Schutt

    you must be gay, I'm not and if they would have one in my state, I would have ordered a hundred of them and enjoyed everyone of them. Marriage is between and man and a woman.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • ToolTime

      Your discrimination is no different than how America treated blacks and how Hitler treated the Jews. Shame.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • That's What's Up

      but experimenting in college isn't? I know all about you and Sarah that drunken night, Ann...

      August 2, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessie

      Biblical Marriage is between one man, and his wife, his wife's maid, and all of the concubines he can pay for.

      August 2, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joe6pack

    We cannot only protect speech and opinions that we agree with. The fundamental idea is that speech and ideas, whether we find them objectionable or not, cannot be stifled.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • marabou22

      no one muzzled the dude or arrested him. if you say something that makes people mad, they're going to get mad.

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

      So what do you mean by that? The "fundamental" idea is that people ought to be free to speak AND LIVE the way they choose. If this restaurant chain gives money to groups that support discrimination against gays, I am not going to eat there. And it has nothing to do with the statements of the CEO of the chain.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eclectic Dreck

      The problem is not with speech; the man is free to say what he wants regardless of how much I disagree. He uses his company's money to support causes I would not – agrain something he is free to do. For my part, I'm satisfied exercising my own right as a consumer by choosing to not support his business.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. rebecca upchurch

    Did folks in Mississippi line up for chicfila because they hate gays and are a bunch of ignorant bigots in the name of religion (really)? Or, do we just (likes) our fried chicken? By the way, being a Christian means loving all folks and not judging just because everyone is not just like you. You gay-hating bigots are anti-Christian. This restaurant should stand for being non-Christian. I am for gay rights and also womens rights, and I am a Christian. Shame on you all who hate-bash. I will pray for you. The Lord made us all different for a reason. This is what you are wasting your time and energy on, go out and feed a hungry child or convict a murderer.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • GROW UP PEOPLE

      thank you for a great message!!

      August 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • nena

      Sorry for you but you are a very confused NON christian

      August 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • cleat

      wow- so much fail i cant even comprehend.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • er

      Rebecca wake up girl! You can't be this naive! The movement is NOT about gay people, it is about politician (DEM) who talked of not granting permit to CHICK-FIL-A because of the comment made by the CEO. We do have free speech in this contry, don't we. Those pin head DEM need to WISE UP! and YOU TOO!

      August 2, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • CFA Funds Hate Groups

      Thank you Rebecca for not just being Christian but being Christ-like. Jesus would have a serious issue with a lot of so-called Christians that devote their lives to hating their fellow man instead of helping the poor (in fact they demonize the poor as "leeches").

      August 2, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dick sicario

    Don't know, but their will be no heir hair Hair HAIR
    Good thing the current crop of loony toon gays can't procreate.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
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