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. billsf

    Ah, the republican, christian, sheeple out in mass so the top 1% can get richer. They're too dumb to even know that the whole gay issue is nothing but a sideshow.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ANDRE HIMES

    Since BILL CLINTON and his fallen hiphop and antebellum angels all knew ANDRE HIMES have been chosen by the LORD JESUS CHRIST and is destined to become a street preacher and evangelist in NORTHERN INDIA and in TIBET none of the them will be surprise by ANDRE'S miraculous survival in the future .Under racial profiling many BLACK AMERCIANS were arrested and were either martyred the prison system or were deported to AFRICA ,where many of them were martyred there and were buried in mass graves in both the SUDAN and in the congo and it was this act as well as the rise of the hiphop nation is what has contribute to the black holocaust in which the black human population were exterminated during the years between 1968-1993-2001 Mean while a new demonic BLACK AMERICA has arisen from both the black antebellum and hiphop nation and is based stereoty[ical images of low class ,poverty stricken and criminally prone blacks and has replace the black human population

    August 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyrrany of the Majority

      Looks like someone forget to take his Haldol.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. morgan

    GREED = excessive or rapacious desire, especially for wealth or possessions. I dont get it? Explain the connection???

    August 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kim

    It is a sad commentary on our society when our need for high fat snacks outweighs our need for the civil rights of others.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • marabou22

      Great post Kim

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

      Indeed Kim!

      August 2, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Blessed_Agent

    I wonder what Jesus would have said if he would have been interviewed and asked the same question. Or should I not ask that question because it might offend someone with other religious beliefs that don't believe Jesus is the Son of God and the only way to heaven?

    August 2, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Campbell

      "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not [h]the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished." That's what Jesus would have said." All of the Natural law that God has created, all that has changed is the positive law application of it.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Well , assuming that he existed, judging by what he said in the synoptic gospels, I think he would say you shouldn't be concerned with such silly things as gay marriage because the end is coming. Remember, Jesus was telling people to leave their families and possessions. He was not what I would call a "family values" man. Not knocking him, just saying that most Christians' view of him does not jive with what he actually said and did (according to the synoptic gospels).

      August 2, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • kdmquito

      To Campbell's comment – wrong...Jesus would not have been abt "laws" he would have said – shame on all of you... and then reminded the masses...
      "Blessed are the poor in spirit,
      for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
      Blessed are they who mourn,
      for they shall be comforted.
      Blessed are the meek,
      for they shall inherit the earth.
      Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
      for they shall be satisfied.
      Blessed are the merciful,
      for they shall obtain mercy.
      Blessed are the pure of heart,
      for they shall see God.
      Blessed are the peacemakers,
      for they shall be called children of God.
      Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
      for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
      Matthew 5:3-10

      August 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ProperVillain

    "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."

    Yeah, I bet that really makes any divorced employees, not to mention gay employees, feel fantastic. Way to show the love of Christ to people!

    August 2, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tom

    Pot meet kettle...must be depressing to live an angry and bitter life. Have a good day...if you know how.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jackson

    This also just in: gay marriage still legal in multiple states.

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

      This just in: Legal does not always mean right. It was legal to execute people in the Nazi regime.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt Toney

      This just in: Gay marriage legal in all states. No state prohibits a gay marriage ceremony from occurring.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kawi

    Great. Thanks to the ignorance of one person, the masses flock out to display their own ignorance on their sleeve and promote more senseless slaughter of chickens for no purpose other than to more promote their thoughtlessness. I'm not against killing chickens for sustenance, but we should kill only what we need in order to survive. Live and let live.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cleve

    and we are married to our first wives.

    Guys I think he is now insulting people who get divorces and re-marry. This guy needs to just keep his mouth shut, everything he says is an insult.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Selfish IsADisease

    No, what they've done is prove how overwhelmingly Americans support Family Values! Wonderful pepole.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. lbryant1116

    Everyone has their right (individually) to speak what they believe. It does not mean others have to agree nor does it mean others should bash them. The problem here is that people are being pinned against each other instead of us trying to bring people together and the worst part is the hatred that things like this bring about. Hatred is a dangerous thing and we should all think twice before we try and make someone else believe our own beliefs. Everyone will never agree on anything, never so why are we trying so hard to make people a certain way? What happened to unconditional love and compassion? It's things like this that make me lose hope for the human race.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dave

    Actually, a long standing policy of Chick-fil-A does stand out against greed.

    If you go by any one of their locations in a mall food court on a Sunday, you will finds it closed with a sign that explains they believe in giving their employees off. This is of course driven by his religious beliefs as well, so there is consistency.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mark

    Haha....These were no "FANS" of Chickfila; These were FANS of bigotry.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. eastrowandad

    I went to Bojangles instead . Had the Pagan fried lesbian chicken sandwich . Not enough time in my life to stand in lines to demonstrate my hate towards a group of people that have no affect on my life .

    August 2, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vikram

      Good for you. Everyone has a belief. Cathy stated his and you have yours.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • levelheaded

      LOVE IT!

      August 2, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
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