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. magnum12

    Yea, and I suppose Gay friendly businesses don't use their profits to support their cause.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. nonyabidnes2

    What a GREAT marketing tool! Just create controversity and watch sales climb, Genius!!!

    August 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. marabou22

    People keep moaning about his right to free speach. He was not arrested or muzzled or even stifled. People can say whatever they want but that doesn't mean there won't be an adverse effect. When I was in high school some dumb kid in my class made a joke about our teacher and how she should be home with the kids instead of working. Everyone yelled at him. That's what's happening here. There was backlash. It happens. The mayors of those cities are not making it illegal for him to build, they are excercising THEIR right to free speach by expressing THEIR opinion. in other words relax. if you're a public figure and you say something that offends people, don't be upset when they get offended.

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

      Agreed. The company president can speak against gay marriage and then people can speak against him. That's the American way!

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

      WRONG- they are using their political position to block restaraunts...period.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harin

      Marabou22, you are correct in most of what you said and you said it well. The only thing I would think may need correction is when elected officials decide who they will or will not do their job for. Representative government means those elected must represent everyone, not just the ones who share their beliefs. After all, the truest test of Free Speech is when a private citizen says exactly what he wants to say and the government makes no move to punish him for it.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Perry

    Big deal.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. FLAchickfilaworker

    Brandon? Ha! That's the one I work at, and I am gay AND I spit in your food!

    August 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Eatmore

    Seems funny that liberals don't have a problem with the first amendment unless someone disagrees with them. Why not accept that the President of Chick -fil-A has his right to an opinion, you have a right to disagree and then move on. These protest groups are pretty hypocritical when it comes to free speech.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • dbrown

      Exactly. Liberals have a problem with everyone except other liberals and are dillusional in thinking themselves enlightened. They are for free speech as long as it conforms to their view. Also, they are more intolerant than the folks they accuse. Truly pathetic.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shannon

      You misunderstand the concept of free speech. Free speech does not mean freedom from consequences. When the COO of a major restaurant chain announces that his company has a particular political position, and then a look into that restaurants practices shows that they spend their profits to support that political position, then consumers have the right to stop contributing to those profits and to make sure others understand where their money is going. How we spend our money is a form of speech (according to decades of Supreme Court rulings). You have the right to free speech – but that doesn't require me to finance it! Everyone who went to Chick-fil-A yesterday (and today, and tomorrow...) is knowingly adding to profits that will be used to support groups that actively work against gay rights. If that's ok with you, eat away! But just like buying a pink ribboned t-shirt is a statement that you support breast cancer research, a Chick-fil-A bag is a sign that you're happy to have your money go to that cause.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • S Nance

      Quite frankly this is the kind of crap that polarizes the nation. It is so stupid .Who cares. I don't. I never ate at chick-fil-A anyway. Overpriced and boring.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyrrany of the Majority

      This is really just an example of the straw man fallacy isn't it. Few, if any, liberals have sought to deny Chick-fil-A's freedom of expression. Even the politicians who reacted initially have since clarified their views. I'm as liberal as they come; and so long as these chicken sellers abide by the law, I don't care what they say. I do think it's ridiculous to show your support for Dan Cathy by eating this food. It's bad for ones health, bad for the environment, and only makes a very wealthy man wealthier.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. vincent

    Jerry,
    what a beautiful post:) hopefully, something will be considered like having Wednesdays become "appreciate the lord day"

    August 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Greg

    The issue has nothing to do with free speech – no one has tried to stop Dan Cathy from voicing his opinion, no one has tried to stifle or censor it – people are simply reacting to it. He had the freedom to say whatever he wants and the people that don't agree with the way he thinks and the way he spends the money of the patrons are reacting to it. By boycotting. If you don't like the way a company is spending their money, you don't go. That's what people did.

    And on the other side people lined up to support them. And that's fine. But supporting them does mean that you are okay with Chick Fil-A's anti-gay charity (as they not only support "the traditional family unit" but they also donate money to organizations that believe in "curing" gay people).

    I, for one, am upset that people feel they are so affected by a group of people that they don't belong to that have no bearing on their everyday life. Didn't Christ teach compassion?

    August 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • dbrown

      You are confusing tolerance and compassion with acceptance. One can have views that don't accept certain things or behaviors but still be tolerant of them.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Where was the outrage when Obama was anti-gay marriage? There wasn't any! This is typical partisan lib drivel, nothing more.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Clubfoot Charley

    Interracial marriage was illegal in Georgia until the 60's...where were the christians then? This gay marriage issue is just the last gasp of the right to return to the 50's utopia that had the white man on top and in control of everything. I am white and not afraid of change. It is inevitable. Look at the rest of the world. White is the minority.

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

    Of course the majority is going to be more than a minority. No matter how many bigots don’t like it some people are gay! Thank goodness this is USA and rights of the individual are protected.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. techie

    I supported gay marriage in my state but when the mayors come out and say they will zone against a business simply because they disagree with them that is religious persecution and unacceptable. This is the difference between fascist progressive liberals and true liberals.

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

      Zoning against certain types of business happens all the time. It's the reason why really nice towns have very few chains – there's nothing illegal about that – it's about protecting certain values when possible.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyrrany of the Majority

      Agree. Standing up for the rights of expression that you personally disagree with is not just a liberal value, it is (or rather, was) an American value. What happened to that part of the civics lesson?

      August 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Meredith

    Oh, stop.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. tratwork

    Most of us try to be nice. If you criticize people's race or beliefs, its going to make us mad. If you want to redefine a word, don't be shocked when the silent (nice) majority comes out to oppose you. I support civil unions but to redefine a word like marriage is lame. I'd say it was gay but that word was stolen long ago. We want that word back too. You can have the word ZESTY. That sounds better anyway. Mom... dad... I'm ZESTY.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Milt

    Mitt Romney like Ted Cruz of Texas will be serving Chic-Fil-Lay the evening of November 6th 2012!

    August 2, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. GatorDude

    If fast food were about political correctness, we'd all be a tofu hut . . .

    August 2, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
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